The Belgian English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) is a non-profit organization for teachers of English in Belgium. We seek to encourage the professional development of English language teachers in Belgium by offering possibilities for discussion and the exchange of ideas and experience through our conferences, workshops, webinars, blog, website, and social media presence. Run entirely by volunteers, if you’d like to join us or help out, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELTA was formed in 2012, but its story begins in 2010. James Taylor, a teacher at that time based in Seoul, South Korea, moved to Brussels. He searched the Internet for a teaching association he could join in his new country, but unfortunately, he found nothing.
Later in 2011, he had connected with a couple of Belgian English teachers, Mieke Kenis and Guido van Landeghem. A not entirely serious twitter conversation started between them and some of their teaching friends regarding the lack of a teaching organisation in the country.
Welcome to IATEFL
With over 4,000 members IATEFL is one of the most thriving communities of ELT teachers in the world.
Our mission to “Link, develop and support English Language Teaching professionals” worldwide is achieved through:
Regular publications, including six copies of our magazine IATEFL Voices and a free conference selections publication.
The Annual International Conference with an extensive programme of talks and workshops, which attracts over 2,000 delegates.
Fifteen Special Interest Groups to help teachers develop their own lines of interest.
Reduced rates on a number of selected professional journals.
Funding support through Scholarships so that deserving teachers can get involved in our Annual Conference, SIG events and online courses.
Links with Teachers’ Associations in other countries for teachers to share knowledge and experience.
Assistance in helping new groups to establish their own a local Teachers’ Association, including advice on how they can make the most of support and funding benefits.
To advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide
Ideals that members believe in as a professional community:
Professionalism in language education
Interaction of research and practice for educational improvement
Accessible, high quality instruction
Respect for diversity, multilingualism and multiculturalism
Respect for individual language rights
Collaboration in a global community
Responsiveness: A service orientation enabled by respectful listening and accountability to mission.
Quality: High standards and excellence characteristic of innovation and creativity in an academically rigorous environment.
Collaboration: Cooperation for the common good within a diverse, inclusive, and culturally sensitive global community.
Integrity: Reputation as a trusted resource earned by ethical, honest, fair, and transparent action.
In principle and in practice, TESOL values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of English language teaching. TESOL promotes involvement and broad access to professional opportunities for all and works to eliminate any kind of discrimination including, but not limited to, language background, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, or geographic location.