LATE is regularly involved in local and international projects.
This page gives you information about recent and future projects.
PRELIM 2 Project
We are excited to announce the PRELIM 2 project in partnership with West London English School. The Project is open to LATE members and non-members alike.
The Project is designed to help build your confidence in using English in the classroom. It is a language course focused on giving you practice, providing you with an opportunity to use the language and improve your spoken and written communication. The course runs between January and March 2022.
The course is being held online through the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. Synchronous meetings will be held once a week in the late afternoons/evenings and there are asynchronous tasks as well. Participants need to attend all sessions and complete all course work.
The course is free for participants.
Supporting Multilingual Classrooms
LATE ran the “Supporting Multilingual Classrooms – Inclusive Approaches in Language Education” 16 hours TPD course on 29-30th September 2020.
The participants had the chance to meet and work together for two days at “Bellevue Park Hotel Riga” (at 1 Slokas Street, Riga) and the lecturers, Kristin Brogan (Ireland) and Merce Bernaus (Spain), led the workshops through Zoom. You can read more about the event here.
LATE is proud to have participated in the organisation 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). Read more about this project here.
Pearson/LATE “Reading Circle” Project 2019-2020
Teachers from eight schools from all over Latvia are participating in the Reading Circle project, which is meant for elementary students: Pearson Readers Level 2 (600 headwords). 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. By the end of the project the students will have read one book a month and will have the chance to meet together. We are planning that the teams (e.g. 5 students + a teacher) meet for a final event and each team prepares a task for other teams (e.g. quiz/interactive task/video based task…) in order to recall the events from the books, revise, enjoy and celebrate the end of the project.
One teacher reports: My students are motivated. I feel proud and satisfied to see them reading a book in English. Students feel more confident about themselves when they are aware of their abilities. I decided to put up an important question: “How do you feel while reading?” So in the photos you clearly see the emotions they gain in the process of reading.
Coping with Competences
British Council/LATE Summer School 2018
The British Council/LATE Summer School for Teachers of English entitled “Coping with Competences” was held between the 15th August and 18th August 2018 in Priekuli, Latvia.
More information about the Summer School can be found here.
CLIL Summer Course 2016
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 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.