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October 14, 2007

Teacher Development- IATEFL

Hello Readers,

The hunger to belong is not merely a desire to be attached to something. It is rather sensing that great transformation and discovery become possible when belonging is sheltered and true.
(John O'Donohue)

So how does O'Donohue's quote about belonging relate to you and...

... the world of ELT? It's simple. As humans we feel the need to belong and while being an ESL teacher can be inspiring and invigorating, it can also make us feel isolated and alone, especially when we are the only native English speaker for miles, cities, counties, or even entire provinces.

By reading this, you've obviously already taken a step to belong to something bigger- a network of teachers who are passionate about ELT. But if you're looking for something more, you might consider joining IATEFL (or The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language). With David Crystal as its patron, its mission is simple- "to link, develop, and support English Language Teaching professionals throughout the world".

Membership ranges from 29 pounds to 138 pounds a year, depending on whether you are an individual or an institute, a retiree or a student. Membership includes the following benefits:
* IATEFL Annual Conference
* Scholarships
* ELT Events
* Special Interest Groups
* Special rates on selected periodicals
* IATEFL publications
* Other special offers for IATEFL members

For more information about IATEFL, go to: http://www.iatefl.org/

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*Looking for more articles that spotlight Teacher Development in the ESL industry? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at October 14, 2007 10:37 AM

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