National Association of English Teachers of South Africa launched

National Association of English Teachers of South Africa launched

The Department of Basic Education has launched the National Association of English Teachers of South Africa (NAETSA) on 01 March 2019 in Pretoria.

The event was attended by executive members of the Western Cape English Language Teachers Association (WCELTA) alongside other provincial English teacher associations.

The national association will:

  • promote the professional development of English language teachers through the formation of professional networks at a national level;
  • host various professional development sessions and workshops at national and provincial levels across all nine provinces;
  • conduct research; and,
  • partner with local and international higher education institutes.

Kelly Mckenzie, WCELTA Deputy Chairperson, said highlights of the conference included a talk by Professor Harry Kuchah, President of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in the United Kingdom, and the keynote address delivered by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

“The team from WCELTA are inspired, now more than ever, to make the professional development of English Language educators a priority in the Western Cape and to help teachers realise that if they think they are too small to be a memorable teacher and to make a difference, they should try sleeping with a mosquito in a room.”