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Associates' Day 2004 - 13 April...

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The role of Teacher Associations in an accelerating world

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There are around 70 Teacher Associations (TAs) affiliated to IATEFL from countries as diverse as Argentina, China, Cyprus, Cuba, Croatia, Germany, Georgia etc. The Associates Day is a chance for representatives of these TAs to get together and discuss matters of common concern.

One of the overarching aims of most TAs is to build professional communities. The tools for this community building have changed radically over the past few decades. In addition to printed newsletters and face-to-face events, we now have on-line journals, e-lists, interactive websites etc. How can these e-tools complement and extend the reach of face-to-face meetings (and NOT make us feel hassled, overwhelmed and incompetent)?

The Associates Day this year is an opportunity for us to slow down and share experience in this area. As always, the specific agenda points will be drawn up nearer the actual date of the meeting by the TAs themselves.

Facilitator: Margit Szesztay (Associates' Coordinator)

Provisional Agenda
  • 8:30 - 9:00
  • 9:00 - 9:20
    Introductions and Overview of the Day (Margit Szesztay)
  • 9:20 - 9:45
    Different contexts, different challenges (Margit Szesztay)
  • 9:45 - 10:30
    Challenges of running a TA on a voluntary basis (Ana Falcao)
  • 10:30 - 11:00
    Putting together a successful ELTECS bid (Jeremy Jacobson, BC / Sabiha Mansoor)
  • 11:00 - 11:20
    Coffee/ tea
  • 11:20 - 11:50
    Sharing ideas on how to get sponsorship and funding (Silvija Andernovica)
  • 11:50 - 12:30
    Ideas for collaboration among TAs: Setting up an electronic Articles Bank (Martin Eayrs, Margit Szesztay), Brainstorming ideas for joint projects / networking time
  • 12:30-13:30
  • 13:30-14:30
    Making websites and other e-tools work for us (Gavin Dudeney)
  • 14:30-15:00
    Collaborating with IATEFL's Special Interest Groups (Jenny Johnson)
  • 15:00-15:30
    WMS News and Plans for extending the scheme (Simon Fenn)
  • 15:30-15:45
    Tea / Coffee
  • 15:45-16:30
    TA Newsletters: Ways of getting contributions (Martin Eayrs and Mojca Belak)
  • 16:30-17:00
    Review of the Day - time for networking
  • 17:00 - 17:45
    Glenda Smart, Simon Fenn, Martin Eayrs, Gavin Dudeney and Margit Szesztay will be around to answer individual questions related to being an Associate, WMS, ISSUES, IATEFL PAL, and our website.


Please note! There will be an area in the Exhibition Hall near the IATEFL Stand where you can put up a poster (max A2 size) displaying information about your Association. In addition, if you want to put out Newsletters etc., there will be some space for this at the IATEFL Stand.  

The Associates Dinner will take place the night before, on Monday, April 12 at 7.00 p.m. at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool . Invitation letters have already been sent out.

IATEFL - Darwin College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 70NY, UK

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