Realities and Potential: English Language Teacher Associations in the 21st Century

  • Ahmar Mahboob
  • Liz EnglandEmail author
Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)


Drawing on our collective professional experiences and on the research to date, this chapter offers suggestions to understand and address the needs of our professional and scholarly discipline in teaching English to speakers of other languages by focussing on the realities and potential of English Language Teacher Associations (ELTAs). In order to do this, the chapter provides a broad and inclusive definition of ELTAs. The chapter recognises the differences in the contexts and compositions of ELTAs and identifies factors that need to be considered in reviewing and/or guiding the development of ELTAs. The chapter considers how these factors impact the robustness (range of products and services offered by an ELTA) and vitality (frequency and availability of these products and services) of ELTAs worldwide. It includes examples from ELTAs from different parts of the world and highlights ways in which these organizations have addressed a range of challenges. In doing so, the chapter provides a way to understand the realities of each ELTA as well as ways of extending its potential—including the potential role that ELTAs can play in supporting the learning, teaching, and growth of local, minority and Indigenous languages.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Liz England and AssociatesWinchesterUSA

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