IATEFL – International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

For over 50 years, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, (IATEFL) has been linking, developing and supporting English language teaching professionals worldwide. From our humble origins in 1967 as a forum for English language teachers and other professionals to make contact with one another and share ideas, we are now one of the largest and most internationally representative teaching associations in the world.

IATEFL is a global professional membership association, and a UK registered charity, and yet we remain a community. We support teachers and other ELT professionals in their professional development, and provide a platform where they can offer their views, exchange research and teaching experiences and learn from each other. Find out more about IATEFL’s mission, goals and practices, here.

Learn more about the benefits of joining IATEFL, and the various options available (such as the choice of Individual, Retired or Institutional membership) at IATEFL’s How to Join page.


JOINING the ESOL Special Interest Group


To join the IATEFL ESOL SIG, you must belong to IATEFL.

Membership of IATEFL is straightforward and brings additional benefits, including the main IATEFL Newsletter ‘Voices’ (bi-monthly) and a variety of publications at preferential rates.

You can  join one SIG (Special Interest Group) for free when you join IATEFL.

To join IATEFL, click here iatefl


Recently the British Council published this book telling the story of IATEFL – the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language – which is one of the widest-reaching teacher associations in the world, with members in nearly 120 countries. The History both celebrates 50 years of IATEFL and affirms the value of teacher associations more generally. Events within the Association are related to wider social trends and geopolitical changes but also to the development of ideas within the profession as a whole.

A History of IATEFL

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