International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Linking, developing and supporting English Language Teaching professionals worldwide


IATEFL Associates

IATEFL works with over 100 Teaching Associations worldwide to promote professional cooperation in ELT and maintain an international network of support and communication.

This gives IATEFL Associates and their members the opportunity to join forums and link up with English language educators around the world.

Through this network ELT teachers can share best practice, develop their skills and raise standards in English language teaching and learning.

Benefits for Associates

  • Receive our newsletter IATEFL Voices six times a year
  • Promote your Teaching Association in Voices
  • Attend the Associates' Day for free at our annual Conference
  • Publicise your events via our newsletter and website
  • Form Partnerships with other Teaching Associations
  • Become eligible for our Wider Membership Scheme

Download our free publication, Running an Association for Language Teachers: Directions and Opportunities

We also have advice for those wishing to set up a new association.

Hornby Trust Awards for IATEFL Associates

Does your Associate have a project that needs part-funding? Every year IATEFL, together with the Hornby Trust and the British Council, invite competitive applications from IATEFL Associates for grants towards funding a project to develop the Associate and its activities. Interested? For further information click here.

IATEFL Projects with Associates

We are pleased to announce that as a part of a desire to continue to innovate and broaden IATEFL’s mission to link, develop and support English language teaching professionals worldwide that we are going to offer the opportunity for one of our Teacher Associations to bid to run a local, funded project. This is a pilot and will be evaluated before we make this a regular feature of IATEFL’s contribution to the language teaching community. It is expected that a project will reach a broad community of English language teachers in the local context and give the opportunity for less experienced teachers to take an active role. One of the key elements of the project is its dissemination, so that the broader IATEFL family hears about what has happened as a part of the project.

Projects might be of a whole variety of types, but should demonstrate sustainable outcomes. Example projects might include:

  • developing a course to upgrade teachers’ language or methodological skills, or other areas of teaching practice; this course might be a mixture of online and face to face;
  • running a teachers’ conference that addresses a particular issue within the local context, out of which comes a set of solutions that would then be implemented and monitored;
  • exploring the current needs of the learners and developing materials or practices to meet these needs;
  • collaboratively producing: a bank of new teaching materials, a coursebook, online homework activities, a communicative assessment process, listening materials, some radio programmes to improve countrywide language skills;
  • developing a leadership skills course for young teachers wanting to progress in their careers;
  • looking at the introduction of mobile technologies to support language development.

You can read a more detailed description, and download an application form and a budget template from the website.