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LATE is the professional association for English language teachers working in Latvia.
Membership only costs 25 Euros per year; 15 Euros for renewing members.
It is open to all teachers.
You can read more about LATE and what it does at the bottom of this page.
The first English Teachers' Club meeting this school year will take place on 15th October from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm at Riga City Plavnieki Gymnasium (Room 204) at 35 Saharova Street.
More information and the sign-up sheet can be found here.
The 24th Annual LATE Conference ''Energising English'' was held on the August 18-19, 2016 in collaboration with the University of Latvia Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art.
You can see a selection of photos from the conference and read abstracts on the Conference page.
|CLIL Summer Course
The British Council, in conjunction with the Latvian Association of Teachers of English, organised a summer refresher course for teachers of English and teachers who teach subjects in English - CLIL teachers.
The course ran from Sunday August 21 to Wednesday August 24 at Bebrene General Education and Vocational Secondary School in Latgale. Room and Board and transportation costs were covered.
The course was a chance to improve your practical language and computer skills as well as to learn about British Council initiatives to facilitate teachers' professional development and to promote inclusive learning. The British Council trainers concentrated on aspects of teaching CLIL and considerations when teaching Special Needs students as well as looking at how teachers can enhance their own professional development. Language Awareness and making more effective use of IT in the classroom were also themes that were addressed.
All participants received a certificate recognised by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia.
Photos and abstracts from the course can be seen here.
|ECML Learning Through Languages Conference 2015
The free ECML Learning Through Languages Project resources are available here.
|Tolerance Academy 2016
U.S. Embassy Vilnius and the Lithuanian Association of English Language Teachers (LAKMA), in cooperation with the U.S. Embassies in Tallinn and Riga, are organizing a week-long multicultural camp in Lithuania for Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian youth to foster the development of tolerance, diversity, human rights, and civil society in our communities.
English teachers interested in working at the camp Teaching Tolerance Through English between July 11-17, 2016 in Dvarčėnų dvaras, Alytus region, Lithuania (www.dvarcenudvaras.lt) are invited to apply by May 26, 2016.
More information and Application Form .
| Kicking off the British Council Shakespeare celebrations...
The Exploring English: Shakespeare MOOC gives participants the chance to learn about Shakespeare and practise their English language skills at the same time. The second run of this MOOC starts on 18 April. Will the number of sign-ups exceed the first run of over 96,000 participants?
The LearnEnglish website has video interviews with Shakespearean actors from around theworld, talking about how they first encountered Shakespeare and why they love his plays.
LearnEnglish Teens has five-minute synopses of some of Shakespeare's plays read to camera by Shakespearean actors and broken up with animated illustrations. All content is supported by interactive content and worksheets.
Tell the kids about Shakespeare videos
Two new videos are available on LearnEnglish Kids as part of the Shakespeare Lives programme: the William Shakespeare biography and an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. With simplified language especially for primary learners, each video is supported by two online interactive exercises as well as a worksheet and answer sheet. Look out for the rest of the video series in April.
LearnEnglish Print provides 20 one-page, Shakespeare-based worksheets that introduce English learners to some of the most famous moments in Shakespeare's plays.
TeachingEnglish is hosting forty Shakespeare-based lesson plans covering A1-C2 level learners, as well as lesson plans aimed specifically at teenagers and children, drawing from the video content made for the LearnEnglish Kids and LearnEnglish Teens websites.
LearnEnglish Kids Newsletter
Each month 120,000 parents and teachers receive the LearnEnglish Kids newsletter with updates about the site and forthcoming events. This month's edition includes ideas on activities to use with young learners for Spring and Easter, Earth Hour and World Water Day, World Book Day and World Poetry Day. Sign up for a newsletter here.
|Creativity in the English Language Classroom
Edited by Alan Maley and Nik Peachey
British Council 2015
Paperback ISBN 978 0 86355 767 5
Available as a free pdf download from: http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/books-resource-packs/creativity-english-language-classroom
| The FLEX Program
The Embassy of the United States in Latvia and American Councils for International Education are pleased to invite students to participate in the FLEX program. This exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and seeks to bring bright and talented Latvian high school students to live with an American host family and study in an American high school for the 2016-17 academic year. The FLEX program, which is now in its 24th year, is excited to welcome Latvia to the FLEX program. Participation is free of charge.
|Electronic YL Portfolio|
|Tolerance Academy Report
For a report on the very successful Tolerance Academy 2015 please visit this website.
Here is a report on the Tolerance Academy 2015.
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|Digital European Language Portfolio
On September 26, 2014 representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, the National Centre for Education (VISC) and Latvian Association of Teachers of English launched the digital version of the European Language Portfolio at the Nordic School of Language on the European Day of Languages. See our Projects page for pictures.
|The Grammar of English Ideas
The Grammar of English Ideas is a re-imagining of English grammar. It is an in-depth exploration of English verbs and nouns and presents a new Associative Model of English and the concepts of verb and noun pathways.
The book is available as a free download from www.englishideas.org.
|Crazy Animals- Young Learners Activity Book
This is a book for primary school teachers of English written by primary school teachers of English. It brings together the experience and expertise of teachers from around the world to provide a range of stimulating and exciting classroom activities for the primary classroom.
There are 50 tried and trusted activities which have been refined and improved over the years by teachers working in diverse contexts and environments. Children will enjoy practicing their English through these stimulating and motivating activities.
This book grew out of an Aston University - British Council research project called 'Investigating Global Practices in Teaching English to Young Learners'.
Over 1,000 teachers were contacted and asked to send their favourite activities for teaching English to young learners. The most original and creative activities received were selected for this book.
|A Case for Online English Language Teacher Education
Monterey, CA: TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education - released a report regarding online English language teacher education at the TESOL Convention in Dallas, Texas on March 21, 2013. The commissioned study, entitled A Case for Online English Language Teacher Education, investigates a range of online professional development opportunities offered by institutions around the world.
Download the free report here.
LATE has been representing teachers of English in Latvia since it was founded in 1992.
LATE is an Associate Member of IATEFL.
New members: 25 Euros
Renewing members:15 Euros
What LATE does
Late organises an annual conference in August in Riga and takes part in special language projects.
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.
© LATE 2011-16