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LATE

LATE is the professional association for English language teachers working in Latvia.

Membership only costs 25 Euros per year; 20 Euros for renewing members; 10 Euros for students.

LATE is open to all teachers.

You can read more about LATE, what it does and how to join at the bottom of this page.

 

 

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Teaching Knowledge Test


The Cambridge TKT Qualification - it is definitely an Investment In Your Professional Development!

Why take TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test)? 

The Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) is a test that focuses on the teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary, or adult learners of English, anywhere in the world. The Cambridge TKT will help you build a successful and rewarding career as a teacher of English in Latvia and abroad.

More information about the different modules of the exam can be found here.

You can take the TKT Exam (all modules) in Riga on 9th July 2020, Registration deadline 1st July. 

Download the registration form here.

Annual Conference Registration is open!

Please register for the conference here.
Annual Conference

Due to the current continuing uncertainty the LATE Board has decided to replace our planned Annual two day Conference in August 2020 with a one-day online Conference.

The Conference will now take place on a computer, tablet or phone near you on Friday 21st August. Please mark this date in your calendar.

More information and speaker proposal forms can be found on the Conference page.

OnLine Learning Guide

Click here to download a free 'Rough and Ready Guide to Teaching English Online in a Time of Coronavirus'. The Guide looks at key terms and concepts, considers what kinds of things we can do online, and discusses three sample lessons based on Solutions Pre-Intermediate.

Nordic Baltic Region Newsletter

Click here to download the latest Baltic-Nordic Region Newsletter No. 1 (March 2020) of the International Federation of Language Teacher Associations.

Message from LATE Board

During this troubled time the LATE Board would like to wish all our members and their families, and their students all the best, and, most importantly, the best of health.

Even though these are difficult times, the silver lining is the huge learning opportunity we have been presented with as we work to deliver lessons online. This perhaps daunting task is best approached with a positive mental attitude: It might be frustrating at times and we might make mistakes, but we will learn.

Our publisher partners are being very generous with electronic course materials, and are also organizing webinars on line learning, and we would like to thank them for this help.

LATE will continue planning for the Annual Conference in August, and we will continue to keep you informed of initiatives from publishers and our other partners.

Remember to stay safe!

The Supporting Multilingual Classrooms Project has been postponed, perhaps to September...

Unfortunately the Drama Express ’20 Festival has had to be cancelled.


RELANG Project

LATE is proud to have participated in the organization of a workshop for foreign language teachers in cooperation with the European Centre for Modern Languages (Graz, Austria) on the 19-21st February at the University of Latvia Library (Kalpaka bulvāris 4, Riga, Latvia).

The workshop was entitled ‘Exploring ways to test mediation and pluricultural/plurilingual skills in the classroom’ and was conducted by two ECML experts – José Noijons (the Netherlands) and Gábor Szábo (University of Pécs, Hungary).

You can read more about the project here.

January Training Day 2020

The Third January Training Day was held on the 3rd of January 2020 at Riga Secondary School No. 34.

We were delighted to have three speakers.

Tatjana Kunda (VISC) talked about how to prepare students for the written part of exams. 

Thomas Springer (U.S. Attorney-At-Law, England & Wales Solicitor, Registered Legal Consultant, Russian Federation, Ventspils University) spoke about Challenges Encountered by Latvian Learners of English as a Second Language.

Robert Buckmaster spoke on Time and on using maps in teaching.

This was a free event for LATE Members.

You can find out more about this event on this page.

Pearson/LATE “Reading Circle” Project

Pearson Publishers and LATE are engaged in an exciting new project this year.

The Reading Circle project is meant for elementary students: Pearson Readers Level 2 (600 headwords).

Teachers from eight schools from all over Latvia are participating in the project. The project is sponsored by Pearson and LATE and is free of charge for the participants.

Each school receives a set of (15+1 books of one title) and will be able to read them for a month. The teacher in each school organizes the reading process. After a month the set of books is posted to the next school in the Reading Circle and so on.

You can read more about the Project here.

LATE Liepaja Conference 2019

The LATE Liepaja Conference 2019 “Changes and Challenges: English Language Teaching and 21st Century Skills” was held on Wednesday, 23rd October 2019.  You can find out more about it here.

HMC

LATE is proud to announce that it is supporting HMC Projects, a charitable organisation which helps gifted children to study at private boarding schools in the UK. You can read more about the scheme and how your students can apply here.

New Board

A new board was elected at LATE's Annual Conference and you can read about the board here.

Annual Conference 2019

LATE held its 27th Annual Conference on the 22-23rd August at Riga Teika Secondary School, Aizkraukles iela 14, Riga, Latvia.

The conference was entitled: Competence Based Teaching and learning: Challenges and Opportunities.

This was the next event in our series 'Educating Today's Learners for the 21st Century World: Competence-based Teaching and Learning'.

More information about conference can be found on our Conference page.

Training Day 4th January 2019

LATE held the second January Seminar in our series 'Innovative Teaching Methods to Promote a Contemporary Learning Process' at Riga Teika Secondary School on Friday 4th January.

The highlights of the programme were:

  • Džefrijs Grinvalds looked at Public speaking- training your students and yourself to be a
    persuasive public speaker
  • Tatjana Kunda discussed Assessment as Learning
  • M. Lee Alexander talked on Rhyme and Reason: Using Poetry to Teach Expository Writing and Speaking Skills
  • Robert Buckmaster talked about Speaking and Speaking Skills, and Listening Skills.

This was a special free event for LATE Members. For more information visit this page: Webinars etc.

Ina Andina, LATE Vidzeme region coordinator reports:

Latvia and Estonia joint seminar in Valka
 
Friday, November 2, was a significant day for Vidzeme region teachers from Valka, Strenči, Valmiera, Smiltene (Latvia)  and Valga Municipality teachers (Estonia) as there was a fantastic opportunity for the teachers of English to take part in a joint seminar organized by Pearson Latvia, Pearson Estonia and LATE in Valka Janis Cimze Gymnasium. 


Pearson Estonia representative Ursula Erik dealt with the 21st century teaching skills based on the course book "Wider World". The title of the session was called "It’s All about Communication: Authenticity in the Language Classroom". We tried to distinguish between the spoken practice and communication and investigate ways in which we can bring them closer together. We  looked at what the important elements of communication are in terms of linguistic and communicative competencies and shared some activities and ideas to take away and try out in class with your teenage students.


Pearson Latvia representative Iveta Vītola in her session "A Competence Based Approach to Teaching and Learning English" looked at the language learning materials that engage students, increasing their confidence and equipping students with knowledge and skills required to succeed in their education and in their lives in general via the latest books by Pearson publishing house. It was exciting to do the group works and get acquainted with the colleagues from the neighbouring country and share common teaching ideas. There was a bookstall prepared by Pearson, Estonia.


After the seminar the educational board of Valga Municipality  added a surprise to the programme of the day with one more lecture led by Louis John Wierenga MA (Political Science) Junior Research Fellow in Comparative Politics, University of Tartu. Mr Louis John Wierenga was very interested in cooperation with the Latvian teachers alongside with the Estonians. It was interesting to listen to the native English speaker comparing the Canadian - Estonian cultures. 


The Valga Municipality educational board representative Lay Ivi expressed a wish to continue our co-operation and collaboration in the future with paying a visit to the schools in Valga, there was an offer for Latvian students to participate in Valga Municipality English Language Olympiad in spring.

Two Regional LATE Events for October

1. Annual LATGALE Teachers' Conference

The 18th Latgale English Teachers' Methodology Conference "Competence-based Teaching and Learning – Gateway to Learner’s Success” in Daugavpils, on the 23rd of October.

2. Pearson-LATE Professional Development Course in Liepaja

"A Competence Based Approach to Teaching and Learning English" at Liepaja State Gymnasium No. 1 on the 24-25th October.

British Council/LATE Summer School "Coping with Competences"

LATE, in co-operation with the British Council organised a residential summer school entitled "Coping with Competences", for English teachers, from 15 - 18 August at Priekuli Technical School

Chris Thorn from the UK and local lecturers shared their expertise and worked with 54 teachers to develop ideas and resources to use in their classrooms. You can find more information about the Summer School here.

Annual Conference 2018

LATE's Annual Conference was held on the 23rd and 24th August 2018 at Riga State Gymnasium No 1, Raina Bulvaris 8.

The Conference Title was: Educating Today's Learners for the 21st Century World: Competence-based Teaching and Learning.

You can find more information about it on the Conference page.

Article

James Egerton, our webinar and seminar presenter this year, published an article in IATEFL Voices (March-April 2018) entitled 'Inculcating a Growth Mindset' and kindly agreed to share it with us.

The text of the article can be found here.

Accompanying videos and PDF copies of the materials for each stage can be found on this blog post.

International Federation of Language Teacher Associations

Nordic-Baltic Region Newsletter 1 2018

The FIPLV Nordic-Baltic Region (NBR) Conference 2018

Teaching and Learning Languages in the 21st Century: Linguistic, Educational and Cultural Aspects

Click here for more information.

Language Teacher Training and Development of Language Teachers Competencies

Language Teaching and Learning†for New Generation Students

Teaching and Learning Less Widely Taught Languages

Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication

Linguistic Research

Media Literacy Video Competition

The US Embassy in Latvia announces its annual video competition for high school students with a major prize for a four-week trip through the United States. This year's theme is "Media Literacy". We are waiting for young people in English about how they think about using media nowadays, how to think about who to believe, what not to, how to keep up with the topical issues of Latvia and the world, why it is so important, and so on. Videos should be submitted by February 22, 2018. There is more information about the competition in the attached poster.

Study of the United States Institutes

Study of the United States Institutes are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty, other scholars, and secondary educators (classroom teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of educations officials, etc.) the opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture, and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

The institutes will take place at various colleges and universities throughout the United States over the course of 5-6 weeks beginning in May/June 2018.

More information here [a Word document].

FLEX 2018-2019 Latvia

More information here about this exciting opportunity from the US Embassy.
 

About LATE

LATE has been representing teachers of English in Latvia since it was founded in 1992.

LATE is an Associate Member of IATEFL.

Membership Fees per annum

New members: 25 Euros

Renewing members: 20 Euros

Students: 10 Euros

What LATE does

LATE organizes an Annual Conference in August in Riga, a Training Day in January, occasional webinars and takes part in special projects such as British Council Summer Schools.

Revised Association Statues

Membership Benefits

As a member of LATE you can attend the Annual Conference at a reduced rate and take part in LATE projects, training events and special promotions.

In the 2018/9 academic year we had two webinars and a training day in January for members as well as the two day Annual Conference: see here and here for more details.

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