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

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

Current discount price for full new membership: 20 Euros, valid to 6th Janaury 2017.

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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LATE Seminar: The Development and Assessment of Writing Skills at Secondary Level

8th February (from 3-6 p.m.) at Riga Teika Secondary School.

Tatjana Kunda wil speak about how to improve writing literacy, and about the main principles of its assessment.

The seminar is aimed at English teachers who want to understand the principles of writing assessment and acquire the necessary knowledge to work with writing literacy, so that they could develop tests and apply criteria for writing assessment. We will be working with the 12th grade State Exam in English evaluation scales and samples of different levels of work.

This is a free event for LATE Members who have a valid membership. To sign up for this event please go here.

The number of places is limited and the link will expire when the seminar is full. After application you will receive a confirmation in 2 days time.

Non-Members can attend the seminar for 5 Euros or attend for free if they join LATE here at the discount price of 20 Euros. For Non-Members the place at the seminar will be confirmed only after the payment has been received (see the bank details at the bottom of this page).

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.

LATE Webinar 2

LATE Board is delighted to announce the second in our exciting webinar series.

On Sunday 4th March at 2 pm, James Egerton will talk about examination revision and overcoming examination anxiety.

Title: Riveting Revision + Overcoming Exam Anxiety

Abstract: The Year 9 and 12 exams are right around the corner, and in just 40 minutes this two part webinar will provide you with practical and psychological tools to help your students to achieve their best.

Part 1: Lidija Mitrofanova and Tatjana Kunda's informative insights at the LATE conference on 5th January showed that Use of Language is the weakest exam part overall, and that students score lowest on Grammar in the Speaking and Writing parts. We'll look at several engaging classroom activities to revise these areas before the exam.

Part 2: Anxiety-related issues prevent many students from achieving in the exam room what they are fully capable of in the classroom. We'll look briefly at the physiology of anxiety, and discuss three simple, practical techniques that students can employ to keep anxiety under control on exam day.

This is a free LATE event but there are only 100 places for this seminar so sign-up soon. Click here to sign up.

You will need to install Zoom software on your computer and we will send you instructions how to do this.
We look forward to seeing you online at the seminar.

LATE January Seminar 5th January

LATE held its first January Seminar: Innovative Teaching Methods to Promote a Contemporary Learning Process at Riga State Gymnasium No 1, Raina Bulvaris 8 on the 6th January.

Read more about this seminar on the Webinars and Seminars page.

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].

International Federation of Language Teacher Associations

Nordic-Baltic Region Newsletter 3

LATE Webinar 1

27th October 2017

James Egerton, a teacher at International House Riga and examiner at the Baltic Council for International Education, gave a webinar on teaching pronunciation on Friday the 27th October 2017 at 1500.

Pronunciation: Teaching techniques beyond drilling to boost your learners' intelligibility.

Pronunciation is often referred to as the Cinderella of ELT; dominated by its 'ugly sisters' grammar and vocabulary. This webinar will share a variety of activities focusing on sounds, word stress and sentence stress, which will give you the tools to integrate pronunciation into any lesson and improve your learners' intelligibility.

The webinar was a free LATE event.

You can view the webinar on our new page: Webinars

FLEX 2018-2019 Latvia

More information here about this exciting opportunity from the US Embassy.
Annual Conference 2017

The Annual Conference 'LATE 25' celebrated 25 years of LATE in Riga on August 17-18th at the Education and Information Centre of Riga City (RIIMC), Ka┼ćiera iela 15, Riga.

See the Conference page for a conference report.

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

New members: 25 Euros

Renewing members:20 Euros

What LATE does

Late organises an Annual Conference in August in Riga and takes part in special projects.

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.

Click here to join LATE.

Bank Details

Kurbada iela 2

Riga LV-1009, Latvija

Reg. Nr.40008001377

Konta Nr. LV86HABA000140J051530

AS Swedbank kods HABA LV22

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