LATE is regularly involved in local and international projects.
This page gives you information about recent and future projects.
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 here.
British Culture and Teaching Roadshow
We are very excited to announce that LATE will be running a British Council funded project during the autumn school holidays in Latgale this year.
We will deliver 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 Karsava on the 26th of October 2023
- and in Balvi on the 27th of October 2023
For more information please visit the project page here.
ECML Workshop 2022
The ECML workshop Online Technology “Use of ICT in Support of Language Teaching and Learning” was held in cooperation with the Latvian Association of Teachers of English (LATE) on 21st -22nd June, 2022 in Latvia. Read more here.
The ECML RELANG workshop “Alternative, continuous methods of assessment in line with the CEFR and the Companion Volume”, in conjunction with the European Commission, was held in cooperation with the Latvian Association of Teachers of English (LATE) on 13-15th June, 2022 in Latvia. Read more here.
PRELIM 2 Project
The PRELIM 2 project was held in partnership with West London English School and the British Council. The Project was open to LATE members and non-members alike.
The Project was designed to help build teachers’ confidence in using English in the classroom. It was a language course focused on practice and providing teachers with an opportunity to use the language and improve their spoken and written communication. The course ran between January and March 2022.
The course was held online through the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. Synchronous meetings were held once a week in the late afternoons/evenings and there were asynchronous tasks as well. Participants needed to attend all sessions and complete all course work.
The course was 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.