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Annual Conference 2024

LATE’s Annual Conference, provisionally entitled, Teaching and Learning in Our Digital Era, will be held in Riga on the 22-23rd August 2024.

Mark this on your calendar. More information will come soon.

British Culture and Teaching Roadshow Community of Practice

As part of an ongoing Latvian Association of Teachers of English (LATE) British Culture and Teaching Roadshow outreach project, run in collaboration will the British Council in Latvia, 48 English language teachers from the Latgale region joined a Telegram-based Community of Practice group. The group was set up at the end of LATE’s British Culture and Teaching Roadshow, which visited Daugavpils, Rēzekne, Ludza and Balvi during the school holidays in October last year.

Robert Buckmaster, LATE’s Vice President, has been supporting the teachers through the Telegram group with materials, teaching ideas and seminars. This phase of the project will be completed at the end of March. There have been 6 seminars held with the teachers – on reading skills, writing skills, modal verbs and presentation skills. Rob has also led online discussions on the requirements of the Yr 9, 11 and 12 State School Examinations with a focus on the speaking and writing papers and what students have to do in these. He has also supplied the teachers with methodology articles, and links to specific material from the British Council Teaching English , Learning English Kids and Teens websites. This included, for example, material to use at Christmas, Easter, St. David and St. George’s Days.

This phase of the project was an experiment in how to support English teachers in their work on a day-to-day basis, throughout the year, rather than this professional development being focused on seminars and workshops at events such as the Latvian Association of Teachers of English Annual Conference which is held in Riga in August every year. The response of the teachers to the seminars and other group activities has been very positive and encouraging so far, and LATE and the British Council are looking forward to continuing their engagement with these teachers and others in the Latgale region in the future.

Winter Teacher Professional Development Course (TPDC) 2024 “Enhancing Teachers’ Professional Competence”

LATE is pleased to announce that we will be hosting LATE’s Winter Teacher Professional Development Course (TPDC) 2024 “Enhancing Teachers’ Professional Competence” which will take place on 27th January, 10th February, 17th February and 24th February (from 9:00-12:00) online on Zoom.

You can view the programme here.

Teachers who participate in all sessions will receive a TPDC certificate for 16 hours.

This is a free event for LATE teachers.

The deadline for the registration is 24th January. Please sign up for the event using this form: https://ej.uz/LATE_WINTER_2024

The Zoom link will be sent to the registered participants’ email 1-2 days before the event.

Please share this information with your colleagues who are not LATE members yet. If they do not hold a current LATE membership but would like to attend the event, they have to:

  • register for the event;
  • pay a discount fee of 20 Eur by 24th January to join LATE and be able to attend the LATE online Winter TPDC 2024 and take the advantage of the benefits of being a member of a professional community, receive the most up-to date information and the chance to participate in professional events and projects for EFL teachers and students for free or at a reduced fee.

Winter Training Day 2023

LATE’s 7th Winter Teacher Professional Development Day (TPDD) “Advancing Teachers’ Professional Competence and Self-Efficacy” was held online on 29th December 2023 from 9:00 – 15:30.

You can see the programme here.

Teachers who participated in all the sessions received a TPDD course certificate for 8 hours.

This was a free event for LATE teachers.

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Teaching Excellence Award

Thanks to the University of Latvia Faculty of Pedagogy, Psychology and Arts, on the 8th November 2023, the “Excellence Award” event for the English Language teachers was organised for the first time in history.

A total of 104 recommendations were received and 64 English language teachers from all over Latvia were nominated for the Excellence Award by students, graduates, parents and colleagues.

23 of the nominees and all the five finalists are LATE members. The Latvian Association of Teachers of English expresses gratitude to all LATE teachers who do their work responsibly and conscientiously. More here.

British Culture and Teaching Roadshow

LATE ran a British Council supported project during the autumn school holidays in Latgale this year.

We delivered a one-day training event in four key locations in Latgale from 24th to 27th October:

  • in Daugavpils on the 24th of October 2023
  • in Rezekne on the 25th of October 2023
  • in Ludza on the 26th of October 2023
  • and in Balvi on the 27th of October 2023

For more information please visit the project page here.

RELANG 2023

The Latvian Association of Teachers of English (LATE) in cooperation with the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) invited active teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers and language test developers to participate in the teacher professional development course “Literature and creative texts: how to practise and test literature in line with the CEFR and its Companion Volume”

You can read more about this project on this page.

HMC Update

Unfortunately HMC Projects is no longer operating in Latvia. We appreciate the opportunity we have had to send scholars to public schools in the UK.

Annual Conference 2023

We are delighted to inform you that LATE’s Annual Conference 2023 “Empowerment through Teaching and Learning” will be held on 24th-25th August at Riga State Classical Gymnasium, 38 Purvciema Street, Riga.

Conference Registration is now over.

Full conference information is on our Conference page.

LATE Teacher Experience Exchange 2023


We are glad to announce that the LATE Teacher Experience Exchange 2023 event will take place online on Saturday, 28th January from 9:00 – 10:15. LATE would like to say thank you to the teachers who agreed to share their experience and worked out materials. Click here for the programme.

This is a free event for LATE members and if you wish to attend the event please sign up by the 26th January here: https://ej.uz/Experience_Exchange1

The Zoom link for the event will be sent to your provided e-mail 1-2 days before the event.

If you do not hold a current LATE membership, register for the event and pay 25 Eur (non-refundable) by 26th January to join LATE and you will be able to attend the LATE online Teacher Experience Exchange Event and take the advantage of the benefits of being a member of a professional community, receiving the most up-dated information and the chance to participate at the professional events and projects for EFL teachers and students for free or at a discount fee.

Your membership will be confirmed in a few days’ time after the payment has been received and will be valid until August 2023.

Latvijas Angļu valodas skolotāju asociācija
Reģ.Nr.: 40008001377
Norēķinu rekvizīti:  AS Swedbanka
Konts: LV86HABA000140J051530
Maksājuma mērķis: €25 – LATE Membership