Seminars – October and November 2023

We are delighted to announce a series of three seminars for High School teachers by Robert Buckmaster. These are Teaching Presentation Skills, Teaching Essay Writing, and Creating Posters, as part of our programme to support High school English teachers in Latvia.

These seminars will be held on Saturdays – 15th October, 29th October and 12th November, from 10.00 to 13.00, online through our Zoom platform, and will be of especial interest to those teachers doing the Advanced Level course.

There are 100 places available.

For LATE members, the three 4-h seminars will cost 15 euros, non-refundable.
For non-members the cost will be 30 euros for the three 4-h seminars, again non-refundable. Alternatively the non-member could pay 35 euros and join LATE (at a discount price), attend the Autumn TPD_2022 course and take advantage of the free Winter Training Day.

In order to register for the LATE Autumn TPD_2022 course you need to:
1) complete the Registration Form here: https://ej.uz/Autumn_2022
2) pay the Attendance Fee here:

Saņēmējs: Latvijas Angļu Valodas Skolotāju Asociācija
Reģ.Nr.: LV40008001377
Norēķinu rekvizīti:  AS Swedbanka
Konts: LV86HABA000140J051530
Maksājuma mērķis: LATE Autumn TPDD

Please note that you are only enrolled in the course when you have received the confirmation to your provided e-mail (within 5 working days after the payment has been received).

If your institution has agreed to pay for the Autumn TPDD, please send your name, surname and full bank details to late@latnet.lv a.s.a.p. and we will send you an electronically signed invoice.

Application will be open till there are places available on the course. Places will be given on a first come, first served basis. Course participants will receive a 12-h TPD certificate.

Winter Training Day 2023

Our sixth annual Winter Training Day is planned for Wednesday the 4th January 2023. This will be an online event. We will send you more details about this event nearer the time. This is a free event for LATE members.

LATE/Pearson Reading Circle

We would like to offer you the chance to participate in the LATE/Pearson project “Reading Circle” that was advertised during the LATE Conference.

Successful applicants will be able to read:
A)    Grades 3 and 4 (Young Learners Reading Circle) – 6 books;
B)    Grades 6, 7 and 8  – 8 books;
C)    Grades 10 and 11 – 4 books during the school year 2022./2023.

The teacher will receive a set of 16 books to read together with the students. It is teacher’s responsibility to send the whole set of books to the next school on time and if a book is lost or damaged, it is the teacher’s responsibility to replace it.

If you wish to participate in the project, please fill in this application form by 7th September: https://ej.uz/RC_2022

You will receive the notification if your application has been successful by the 10th September. Successful candidates will be asked to attend a Zoom meeting before the start of the project.

ICT Course

Latvian Association of Teachers of English in cooperation with the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) invites active teachers/ teacher trainers to participate in the teacher professional development course “Use of ICT in Support of Language Teaching and Learning” (16h).

Course duration: 21-22 June 2022
Venue: Riga Teika Secondary School, Aizkraukles Street 14, Riga

The course will be conducted by the ECML experts Sarah Heiser from the UK and Joseph Hopkins from Spain.

The course will be held in English and there are only 25 places in the group, so participants will be asked to share their acquired knowledge and expertise in the regional teacher professional development events and/or LATEs events/conferences.

You can see the programme here.

Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail by 2nd June.

Course participants will be asked to share their opinion on the use of ICT and the data will be used in the Joint Doctoral Programme “Education Sciences” research of the University of Latvia. All research data will be used only in the anonymized form and processed in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

RELANG

Latvian Association of Teachers of English in cooperation with the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) invites active teachers, teacher trainers, language test developers and curriculum developers to participate in the teacher professional development course “Alternative, Continuous Methods of Assessment in Line with the CEFR and the Companion Volume” (24h).

The RELANG course is implemented in cooperation with the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) and is supported by the European Commission.

Time: 13-15th June 2022
Venue: “Bellevue Park Hotel Riga” Slokas iela 1, Rīga

The workshops will be conducted by the ECML experts José Noijons (Netherand) and Gábor Szábo (Hungary).

Description of the course:
In this three-day workshop, language test developers, teachers, teacher educators, textbook writers and curriculum developers together with RELANG team members will explore different forms of alternative assessment, such as portfolio-based and project-based assessment, including self-assessment: Assessment in line with the descriptor scales in the CEFR and the Companion Volume and preferable in local contexts. Practical tips and tasks such as integrating assessment into teaching activities on a regular basis, designing approaches to assessment which support students’ learning and engaging students as active participants in the assessment of their work will be presented and discussed. Materials will be developed that are adapted to the specific context of the interested member states, focusing on developing students’ awareness of learning expectations and criteria for success.

The course is free for the participants and will be held in English. There are only 25 places in the group, so participants will be asked to share their acquired knowledge and expertise in the regional teacher professional development events and/or LATE’s events/conferences.

You can see the programme here.

Course participants will be asked to share their opinion on the use of ICT and the data will be used in the Joint Doctoral Programme “Education Sciences” research of the University of Latvia. All research data will be used only in the anonymized form and processed in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.


Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference (RELANG)

This initiative is carried out within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission, entitled
Innovative Methodologies and Assessment in language learning
www.ecml.at/ec-cooperation

Annual Conference

LATE’s 30th Anniversary Conference “30 Years Together. Looking Backwards. Looking Forwards.” was held on the 17th and 18th August 2022 at Jaunmārupe Elementary School, Mazcenu aleja 3, Jaunmārupe.

You can read all about the conference on our Conference page.

Svešvaloda II (angļu valoda)

LATE’s Curriculum for Year 12 is designed in thematic blocks and enables teachers to achieve the learning outcomes and goals defined in the standard, by using modern, internationally recognized and tested advanced level foreign language teaching materials, developed by experts in the field of English as a foreign language from Pearson, Oxford University Press, Express Publishing, National Geographic Learning and Macmillan. Teachers can add appropriate literature to match the interests and future needs of students. You can access the curriculum and read about the back ground to this project here.

LATE’s 30th Annual Conference

Our Annual Conference will be held on the 17th and 18th August in Riga.

The conference title is: 30 Years Together. Looking Backwards. Looking Forwards.

This will be a special celebration of our 30 years, so mark the dates in your diary, and we will see you there.