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The Far Eastern English Language Teachers’ Association (FEELTA) is a professional organization founded in 1995. Its mission is to strengthen the teaching and learning of English in the Russian Far East, to promote the professional development of EFL teachers, to support networking with colleagues all over the world, and to give access to the latest EFL resources. FEELTA headquarters is in the Institute of Foreign Languages, Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok. Today FEELTA is an organization of 500 members. There are currently 7 FEELTA posts in the Russian Far East: in Blagoveshchensk, Birobijan, Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Ussuriysk, and Vladivostok (FEELTA headquarters). These posts provide ELT professionals with information and support within their geographical areas.

MATE aims to:

  • Contribute to the improvement of the teaching of English in Morocco;
  • Encourage contacts among teachers in Morocco on the one hand, and between these;
  • Teachers and teachers of English in other countries on the other hand;
  • Encourage research activities;
  • MATE study days (all over the country);
  • Annual conference (yearly);
  • Regional mini-conferences (mainly by local branches);
  • SIG (special interest group) colloquia;
  • Colloquia on NGO management, quality of services etc.;
  • Conferences on language planning, translation, etc; and
  • Participation in regional and international conferences.

BELTA was founded in 1984 under the sponsorship of the Asia Foundation and was an active forum for more than a decade during which it provided a robust direction to the English Language teaching community through its various programs, particularly at the grassroots level. During the decade following its establishment, BELTA published 8 Journals, and a regularly bi-annual Newsletter. It arranged several national seminars and 2 international conferences. BELTA members established links with overseas teaching organizations. Some of the members attended and presented papers at conferences (Thai TESOL, SPELT-Pakistan and the Languages in Education Conference in Hong Kong). Most importantly, it arranged several regional teacher training workshops for grassroot-level teachers in state schools in collaboration with the government. Then for several years during the nineties, BELTA unfortunately remained dormant.

ETAG is a professional association of English teachers in Georgia. They were registered in January 1995 as a non-governmental and non-profit organization. They now have representations in nine cities of the country. All of them are well- equipped and professionally managed. Their membership includes school and university teachers of English from the state and private sectors. Their main goal is to improve the standard of English teaching in Georgia through providing professional consultancy and training, as well as through supporting the introduction of more effective teaching methods and materials.

FORTELL (Forum for Teachers of English Language and Literature), an autonomous registered body of English teaching professionals, was founded in 1989. The specific goals of FORTELL are to:

  • Revitalize the teaching of English Language and Literature;
  • Enhance professional skills of teachers; and
  • Provide a forum for collaboration and interaction among the professionals in the field.

Some of FORTELL’s activities include:

  • Organizing seminars and workshops in the areas of teaching methodology, materials development, curriculum design and evaluation;
  • Collaborating with other organizations to develop language curriculum;
  • Conducting pre-service and in-service programmes; and
  • Providing consultancy to individuals engaged in ELT programmes.


The mission of the association is to establish NELTA as a forum for enhancing the quality of English language teaching and learning through professional networking, supporting and collaboration. The main aim of NELTA is to improve the teaching and learning of the English language. In order to achieve this aim, NELTA has set the following objectives:

  • To raise the standard of ELT in Nepal by conducting training programs, workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.;
  • To collaborate with the government in various strands such as ELT curricula, materials production, training, etc.;
  • To provide a forum for extending relationship among individuals, institutions and associations having similar goals;
  • To foster the exchange of idea, resources, information and experience among people associated with ELT;
  • To publish ELT materials, journal and periodicals; and
  • To establish a network among the professional association with interests and goal.

With these objectives in mind, NELTA has been working continuously for the betterment of ELT in Nepal. Apart from a Central Office established in the Kathmandu Valley, it has by now established a network of 15 branches, old and young, spread over various geographical regions of the kingdom outside the valley. NELTA’s strength consists in its members (more than 300 life and 2,970 annual). The beauty of NELTA is that its members include teachers from pre-primary to tertiary levels of education, ELT personnel working in the Ministry of Education and Sports, teacher trainers/educators, professionals associated with ELT and faculties from different Universities.

Qatar TESOL aims to help EFL/ELT professionals share their expertise and further the efforts to develop English language education in Qatar. Through the resources on this site, conferences and special lectures, we hope to provide a forum for our members to meet and interact professionally. Teachers, administrators, university students are welcomed who are planning on a career in English language teaching, and others who have an interest in teaching. Qatar TESOL was founded in 2001 as Qatar Teachers of English Network (QTEN), but has now evolved into Qatar TESOL, which is an affiliate of TESOL, Inc, the international organization for ELT professionals based in the U.S.

INGED stands for INGILIZCE EGITIMI DERNEGI/ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION. The association, which was founded in 1995, aims to bring together English Language Professionals from all levels of education in Turkey. Anybody who is involved in English teaching in or outside Turkey can join INGED. INGED, the English Language Teachers’ Association in Turkey, is a professional and educational association. It is not related to any political party and does not get involved in politics. INGED it aims to help English teachers and/or anyone involved with English language education through:

  • Exchanging professional experiences, opinions and findings;
  • Following the latest developments in English language education; and
  • Assisting with the development of English language education by using contemporary scientific methods and techniques.

IATEFL Hungary promotes collaboration among English language teaching professionals by organizing national and international projects with local and global impact. By doing so, it aims to support a high quality of ELT in Hungary for all. IATEFL-Hungary has been a key organization in English language teaching in Hungary since 1990 and has built a prestigious and ever-growing network of ideas and professionals. They can help you take control of your professional life and play an active role in shaping foreign language education.

The goal of TESOL Arabia is to establish a network of communication among professionals who use English as a medium of instruction, in order to promote and maintain the excellence of their teaching and administration. This organization aims to:

  • Stimulate the growth of professional development through the encouragement of both practical and theoretical scholarship;
  • Encourage the use of available technologies;
  • Adopt the instructional methodologies that best meet the needs of our students;
  • Promote the English language teaching profession as a career; and
  • Provide a forum for discussion and support.

The Namibian English Teachers’ Association (NETA) was launched at the Polytechnic of Namibia last year to bring together all stakeholders interested in English Language teaching and other related issues. NETA’s main objectives are to raise awareness about English Language Teaching issues in Namibia and to identify key issues that need addressing within a regional framework and then within a broader all-Southern African Development Community (SADC) perspective. The association also aspires to discuss manageable and realistic channels; to exchange information and to agree on optimal and realistic numbers of ‘active members’ as well as to prepare a common agenda of priorities for Namibia. Furthermore, NETA hopes to be the centre for professional development of teachers and a forum where educators will interact, update themselves on the latest in international educational research and practices as well as learn new skills and bond as an accountable and effective professional community.

The Estonian Association of Teachers of English (EATE) was founded 23 November 1991 in Tartu, Estonia as EL teachers had felt the necessity to co-operate, get more information about teaching methods and materials and attend in-service training courses. Today there are 260 members from all over Estonia, both schoolteachers and university lecturers, in EATE. EATE has also made enquiries to the Ministry of Education and National Examination Board in connection with the problems about the National Exam in English. EATE members participate in the work of the English Board and various working groups. EATE is a member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) which is our umbrella organisation. EATE members have participated in IATEFL Annual Conferences, 40 teachers are individual members of IATEFL.

ELTAI provides a forum for teachers of English to meet periodically and discuss problems relating to the teaching of English in India by helping teachers interact with educational administrators on matters relating to the teaching of English. ELTAI also does the following:

  • Disseminates information in the ELT field among teachers of English;
  • Undertakes innovative projects aimed at the improvement of learners’ proficiency in English;
  • Promotes professional solidarity among teachers of English at primary, secondary and university levels; and
  • Strives promote professional excellence among its members in all possible ways.

EELTPA is an association of Ethiopian English language teachers and professionals which is formed by the initiation of a few English language teachers and is open to any Ethiopian who works as an English language teacher or professional. The Association actively promotes the teaching and learning of foreign languages by: 1) providing information and publications, 2) organizing professional development activities and 3) acting as a public voice on behalf of members. EELTPA aims to: 1) encourage an understanding of the importance of languages at all levels in our society; 2) promote the development of language policies which reflect the linguistic diversity and the language needs of the country and its population; 3) advance public understanding of language learning and the techniques and approaches for successful language teaching and 4) promote improved standards of language teaching.

The English Teachers Association Switzerland (ETAS) is a non-profit organization mainly run by unpaid volunteers. Its aims are to promote the teaching of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), primarily in Switzerland. The ETAS organization is designed to cover Switzerland as a whole. There are regional groups in all parts of Switzerland, and each language area has at least one regional group. The groups are led by Regional Coordinators (RCs). ETAS has a number of SIGs to cover more specialist areas such as drama, research, ESP, and young learners. There is also a National Committee which coordinates activities on a national level. All these bodies are supported by a paid part-time administrator at the ETAS office in Yverdon. ETAS is a member of IATEFL and attends IATEFL Conferences regularly. From the beginning, a primary focus has been on providing training for teachers of English. Regular workshops and other events are organized on a local level, and national events take place twice a year. Collaboration with English as a Foreign Language (EFL) publishers began early, and now ETAS events attract world-class speakers in the EFL field such as Penny Ur, Scott Thornbury, Michael Swan, and David Crystal.

BETA, established 1991 in Sofia, has 23 years of good practice with 23 national conferences (the 24th conference underway) and over 100 active members. BETA also works with teacher training institutions, the Ministry of Education and Science, British Council, Bulgaria, U.S. Embassy, Sofia, major Bulgarian and international publishers and other interested NGOs and individuals. BETA members are English teaching professionals from all educational sectors in Bulgaria – primary, secondary and tertiary, both state and private, teacher trainers and student teachers of English.

The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning. JALT promotes excellence in language learning, teaching, and research by providing opportunities for those involved in language education to meet, share, and collaborate. We have nearly 3,000 members in chapters and affiliates across Japan, as well as members abroad. Over 1200 JALT members belong to one or more of the following Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

SATEFL is a non-profit-making association with a membership drawn from a wide spectrum, from trainee teachers of EFL / ESOL, practitioners of EFL / ESOL and teachers and students of applied linguistics. It aims to provide a forum in Scotland for talks and workshops presented by both local members and speakers from further afield. 4 events are organized per year across Scotland, which focus on staff development and new things in the industry. Topics covered include reading skills, using IT in the classroom and teaching young learners.

TESOL Greece is an independent, volunteer, non-profit professional association for teachers of English as a foreign language and other ELT professionals working in Greece. TESOL Greece is a TESOL Inc affiliate and an IATEFL associate. (Affiliates: TESOL Worldwide Affiliate Directory, IATEFL Associate Members) TESOL Greece currently has about 600 members, including teachers, teacher trainers, university students and staff, directors of study, school owners, publishers, writers, editors, researchers and consultants. Anybody who is involved in English teaching in Greece can join TESOL Greece.

With over 4,000 members IATEFL is one of the most thriving communities of ELT teachers in the world. Its mission to “Link, develop and support English Language Teaching professionals” worldwide is achieved through:

  • Regular publications, including six copies of our magazine IATEFL Voices and a free conference selections publication.
  • The Annual International Conference with an extensive programme of talks and workshops, which attracts over 2,000 delegates.
  • Fifteen Special Interest Groups to help teachers develop their own lines of interest.
  • Reduced rates on a number of selected professional journals.
  • Funding support through Scholarships so that deserving teachers can get involved in our Annual Conference, SIG events and online courses.
  • Links with Teachers’ Associations in other countries for teachers to share knowledge and experience.
  • Assistance in helping new groups to establish their own a local Teachers’ Association, including advice on how they can make the most of support and funding benefits.