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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 2018.

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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Announcements

LATE Seminar 5th January

Riga State Gymnasium No 1
Raina Bulvaris 8, from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

LATE is delighted to announce its first January Seminar: Innovative Teaching Methods to Promote a Contemporary Learning Process

James Egerton will speak about goal setting.

Title: A Better 2018: SMART Goal Setting

Abstract: New year, new start, right? Unless we make clear, focused goals, this 'new start' often doesn't survive into February. But that's where SMART goal setting can help. This session aims to boost students' motivation and achievement by showing how to set SMART goals for themselves as English learners, and will also share how we, as teachers, can help them to hit these goals.

Lidija Mitrofanova and Tatjana Kunda will speak about the assessment of different skills

Title: Assessing Student Skills in Reading, Listening, Language Use, Writing and Speaking

Abstract:Reading, listening, language use, writing and speaking are the major areas of study for all standard English language. Assessing students in these areas is essential to ensure they acquire the necessary skills to continue their education or succeed in the professional world. The presentation will focus on strong/weak areas in candidates' performances, writing and speaking assessment criteria and prepare for the exam.

Janis Zeimanis will talk about how to enhance learning outside traditional classroom settings

Title: From Simulation to Case Studies

Abstract: The focus of the presentation is to raise awareness of current demands of educational settings - purposeful approach to supplying our learners with skills that are demanded in the real world. Instead of looking at simulations of real-life activities, we will explore the possibilities of the resources available for enhancing learning outside traditional classroom settings. This also correlates with thecompetency-based learning in fostering learner autonomy and developing critical thinking skills.

Jeff Grīnvalds will talk about how to engage students.

Title: An American Perspective

Abstract: Hear a comparison and contrast of teaching methods and pedagogy from an outsider's perspective with ideas for engaging with students. Learn methods and techniques to pique students' interest in learning the English language while having fun. Practice experiential learning practices that will bring out the creativity and imagination of your students.

Robert Buckmaster will talk about some aspects of Language Awareness.

Title: Language Awareness for Teachers

Abstract: Teachers need to be aware of the language they teach and careful about (and critical of) the rules they tell their students. Do the rules reflect the real language or are there some surprises in the way English is really used? We will look at a number of features of English grammar, for example, some tense usage, before having a detailed look at nouns and article use.

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

If you are a Non-Member you can attend for 10 Euros or attend for free if you join LATE at the current discount price of 20 Euros. Discount valid to 6th Janaury 2018.

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), Kaņiera 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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