Margaret Mead, the 20th century anthropologist, once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that has”. The members of the ETAI board are not trying to change the world. But they are trying to change the world of English teachers in Israel. And they are doing a pretty good job. An extremely successful Spring conference was recently held at Levinsky College in Tel Aviv. Despite this having taken place in the week leading up to Pesach when most people are busy, over two hundred English teachers and students showed up and were inspired and invigorated by excellent plenaries and talks. As we all know, meeting new people and renewing old acquaintances is an integral part of any conference, and that was certainly happening in the lobby of Levinsky College – see photos HERE.

Looking forward, the ETAI board is finalizing plans for the Summer conference to be held at the Ashkelon Academic College on July 4th and 5th 2017. The programme is shaping up well, but we are inviting all ETAI members who are interested in presenting, to send in a speaker proposal – click HERE. This is a way in which everyone can contribute to the conference.

ETAI members are rewarded by receiving copies of the Forum – a magazine that is well worth reading. We know there has been a delay in getting out the most recent issue of the Forum, for which we apologize, but a double issue will be sent to you soon. And then, another issue is expected to be out in the summer. All good things are worth waiting for!

The ETAI Board is not an exclusive organization. We are all volunteering our time and expertise and we know there are many more of you who have a lot of great ideas to give. Think about joining us on the ETAI board, or just helping out with specific activities and jobs. If you think you would like to be more involved, you are able to join us, we would love to welcome you aboard.

Dr Seuss’ pessimistic but lovable character, the Lorax, said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” I know that because so many people like you do care, ETAI will continue to grow and meet the needs of all English teachers in Israel for many years to come.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday and a successful last part of the school year.

Looking forward to seeing you in Ashkelon.

Susan Bedein

ETAI Chair

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