Bringing Language Teacher Associations Together
LTAs in their initial years of their establishment gathered momentum and got bigger in membership size as time passed by. They were viewed as a platform for professional development for teachers, and their conferences were attended by increasing numbers of participants. However, they received little visible attention in the ELT discourse until 2010. Research reports and journal articles including special journal issues brought the existence of LTAs into the mainstream ELT discourse. Although publications highlighted the collaborative activities among LTAs, the collaborative initiatives between the LTAs did not seem to receive much attention. This chapter is an attempt to bring to light the fact that LTAs are increasingly coming together and creating synergy to undertake actions that benefit them. Based on the minutes of a regional LTA meeting held in Karachi, Pakistan, this chapter mainly discusses how LTAs can learn from successes as well as the challenges of one another. It also presents how planning collaborative activities can help the LTAs realise what they can achieve together and at the same time increase awareness of the unattainable ambitions they may have.
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