President’s Welcome

Dear colleagues,

This year we will be holding our VII Regional Conference entitled “Continuing Professional Development (CPD)…Can we live without it?” on 4 May at INACAP La Serena.

As the title of the conference suggests, we will be focusing attention on the issue of CPD for English teachers in Chile and how effective and timely CPD can be implemented in schools, universities and institutes on a sustainable basis, and if this is in fact possible. The sad reality in many cases is that CPD is considered by many teachers in Chile to be a luxury, especially due to constraints of time, workload and other commitments. What little CPD many teachers do get is often rather piecemeal and fragmented and hardly sustainable in terms of continuous development. Not a particularly encouraging reality!

We believe that it is very important that teachers, teacher educators and educational authorities in Chile can come together at the conference to listen, discuss, learn and reflect on the CPD issue in this country and why it should be considered as something we cannot indeed live without.

To help us better understand the key aspects of CPD in regional and international contexts we are delighted to welcome Mark Henebury, ELT expert from the Department of Industry   and Trade (UK) and Dr Annjeannette Martin from Universidad Los Andes. We will shortly be announcing a third plenary speaker.

At this time we invite proposals from teachers, teacher educators and managers aligned with aspects of CPD in the Chilean English teaching context.

We are humbly grateful to all our sponsors, allies and supporters for your continuing faith in IATEFL Chile and in actively supporting the work we do. I’m delighted to be accompanied on our mission by our able Executive Committee; Isabel González (Vice-President), Alejandro Naveas (Treasurer) and Christian Faúndes (Coordinator) in this ever exciting but never easy journey of supporting English language teaching and learning in Chile.

Un afectuoso saludo,

Tom Connelly

President – IATEFL Chile