ELT Ireland Promotes Best Practice in Vital English Language Teaching Sector
ELT Ireland, an association for English language teaching professionals, was recently set up by Dr. Lou McLaughlin. After a very successful launch event in Dublin in April they are now are organising their second event on 7th June in Limerick which will be hosted by Limerick City College. “I returned to work in Ireland after a number of years abroad and was struck by the lack of a body which facilitated the sharing of experience and ideas among teachers, managers and other professionals in the industry.
The UK-based International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), and theUS-based Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) International Association, have provided a model for how such organisations can encourage the sort of continuing professional development that is needed to keep standards up and to retain the most able teachers in the profession. The sustainability of the significant and growing contribution that English language teaching makes to the Irish economy, an estimated €297.3m in 2010, is dependent on the professionalism of our schools and our teachers.
ELT Ireland aims to be a vital part of that by being a network of teachers, managers and administrators dedicated to spreading best practice in the industry.
This objective will be promoted at ELT Ireland’s event, ELTed – education and development talks, in Limerick which will be a series of short talks given by teachers for teachers. “Language teachers work on a daily basis to help their students wrestle with the challenges of learning a new language”, Peter Lahiff, ELT Ireland committe member & Event Coordinator, says. “Teachers are constantly developing activities, techniques and approaches to help their students overcome the difficulties they encounter. The practical solutions they come up with often go unrecorded. ELTed is a showcase for these practical solutions. We plan to organise a regular forum where teachers can share aspects of their educational practice with the English language teaching community throughout Ireland”.
“Changes in the private international education sector mean that we are now uniquely placed to establish Ireland as the destination of choice for quality language courses, and further education”, Dr. Mc Laughlin continues. “In order to take advantage of this opportunity, however, we need to work together as professionals to put ourselves at the forefront of best practice and foster a collective pride in the quality of the work we do and the significant contribution that it makes to the Irish economy.”
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