Conference Speakers Announced

Robert Buckmaster will be discussing English Conditionals: English conditionals are a challenging area for most learners, but an essential part of the language to be mastered. In this presentation I will evaluate the current conditional framework we offer students and suggest several ways the teaching of conditionals could be improved.   


Marija Griņeviča will give a presentation entitled: Online Space as a Repository of Learning Resources for Students’ Knowledge and Skills Consolidation and Individual Practice: I will share the results of my action research conducted on the basis of MIRO online environment as a repository of learning resources to support Grade 9 students in preparation towards their state exam in English. The aim of the research was to explore an online learning space as a repository as well as some selected computer-assisted language learning tools.      


Yuliia Horbachova with give a workshop on Teaching Purpose in Life. This workshop delves into the pivotal role of educators in guiding students towards discovering and embracing purpose in their lives. It explores how teachers can create environments that inspire self-reflection, goal-setting, and values exploration. Attendees will engage in discussions and workshops focused on practical techniques for incorporating purpose-driven education into teaching practices, empowering students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives.


Baiba Kačanova will be talking about Creating and Implementing Online Courses: Theory and Practice: The aim of the presentation is to share gained theoretical knowledge in 64 hours long Arizon State University course ‘Creating and Implementing Online Courses’ as well as share my own experience in teaching English online.     


Ingūna Melne will be talking about Media and Digital Literacy in the English Language Classroom: A brief description of the necessity for and possibilities of participating in programs by the USA embassy and the tale of the American Dream.            


Tatiana Ginzburg will be talking about using technology: It’s a FAB Way to Teach! After “The Pandemic” forced educators to integrate technology in the classroom, students expect it to remain an integral part of the learning process. However, as educators, we need to be sure that it really benefits our students. In this talk I will describe a Flipped and Blended (FAB) format of teaching adults which, as my research showed, can be considered optimal.  


Dominiks Zeps will be talking about Gamification Frameworks in the ESL classroom: Framing language learning as a game is nothing new. Before Duolingo, there were star-awarding systems, language forums with leaderboards and Boy Scout badges. Many lessons can be found in these experiences and the cognitive processes that guide them. Attendees will learn about the science behind gamification, work organization approaches and helpful tools for enhancing English lessons.


Diana Bolgare will be talking about her “Poetry In My Heart” poetry reading aloud and creative writing contest for secondary students. What, why, when and how? This workshop offers teachers insights into facilitating student participation in the “Poetry in my Heart” contest. It provides a hands-on experience, guiding students through the contest journey: selecting, analyzing, and recording poems for the online phase, as well as crafting and performing original poems based on prompts for the final stage.


Joseph Jack Horgan will be talking about the materials he has created for 12 graders based on James Joyce’s “Dubliners” to prepare them for the 12th grade exam  These materials are a free, downloadable and printable collection of material for teachers to use to prepare advanced course students for the “highest level” exam. The material is based on the 15 stories of James Joyce’s collection “Dubliners.” This workshop will help teachers understand how to use the material with students and give a chance to test it out.


Rita Skara-Mincāne and Inta Augustāne will be exploring Strategies to Learn Collocations: In the workshop, we will share our experience of teaching collocations in English lessons.We will base our activities on the principles of lexical approach. Participants will use dictionaries, various texts, and explore how AI can help to design tasks aimed at giving students an opportunity to use word collocations in different contexts.


Ben Knight of Oxford University Press will be presenting at this year’s Annual Conference with a presentation entitled: ‘Getting your students to think better than AI‘: What are the critical thinking skills that our students need in a world where AI seems to be making these skills redundant? Come to this talk to get a better understanding of what skills we should focus on, how AI impacts on our students’ thinking, and how we can work together with AI to help our students to become even better critical thinkers.

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

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.

Annual Conference 2024

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

Please mark this date on your calendar.

For more information, see the Conference Speakers Announced post below and visit our Conference page.

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.