Small grants making a big difference

The IATEFL Projects scheme offers grants of up to £3,000 to one Teaching Association each year to undertake a project that will make an improvement to language teaching and learning in the local community and give the opportunity for less experienced teachers to take an active role.

Examples of projects that could be undertaken include:

  • Develop a course to upgrade teachers’ language skills
  • Run a conference to address a particular  local issue with the aim of creating solutions
  • Build  a leadership skills programme  for newly qualified teachers
  • Produce a bank of new teaching materials

Who can apply?

The scheme is intended only for IATEFL Associates in countries listed as 'high', 'medium' or 'low' on the United Nations Human Development Index.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • That the project has a clear aim and will benefit a broad community of language teachers
  • That the project is achievable. Simple ideas to improve teaching and learning are often more effective than complex schemes.
  • That the budget shows clearly how the funds will be spent
  • That a range of people are involved in the setting up and management of the project
  • That there are clear plans in place to evaluate and disseminate the project outcomes

The next step...

Good luck!

Previous winners:
Côte d'Ivoire Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (CI-ATEFL)
A project aimed at training teachers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and to create a Cote d’Ivoire Digital Learning Community (CI-DLC) - a tool to support English teachers and encourage them to get involved, communicate with each other, and exchange materials, ideas and best practice.
Cameroon English Language Teaching Association (CAMELTA)
A project to fund the development of training materials for a workshop aimed at developing the leadership skills of teachers in ELT. Six training modules were produced to form the basis for a three day workshop which could be rolled out across Cameroon.

English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELTAI)
A project to fund a two day workshop in which 17 teachers of English would receive training in how to incorporate the use of technology in their teaching. Sessions covered: Virtual and Flipped classrooms, Mobile learning, Google Drive, Social Networking, Blogging, Google and Yahoo groups.

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