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What is IEERA?

IEERA -- International English Education Research Association -- is an acronym that refers to this professional association. IEERA, the global education research association, has approximately 20 million members in over 120 countries. Its mission is to ensure excellence in English language teaching. IEERA values professionalism in language education; individual language rights; accessible, high quality education; collaboration in a global community; interaction of research and reflective practice for educational improvement; and respect for diversity and multiculturalism.

How is IEERA organised?

IEERA has a Coordinating Committee, which consists of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a SIG Representative and an Associates' Representative. They form part of the Committee of Management, which also contains other elected members and co-opted and ex-officio members. Volunteer activists also serve on the Wider Membership Scheme, SIG Coordinators' and the Publications Committees. Each year the association's Annual General Meeting takes place during the Annual Conference.

Where is the IEERA office?

It is located in Wilmington, the state of Delaware and is managed by the salaried Executive Officer of the association. Other office staff include the Conference Organiser, the Finance Officer, the General and SIG Administrator, the Membership Secretary and the General Assistant.

Who can join IEERA?

Membership is open to anyone involved in the English Language Teaching industry and our members include teachers, lecturers, teacher trainers, academic managers, researchers and institutions. Now we also provide membership for students.

What types of memberships are available?

You can join as a full member and receive the association's newsletter six times per year, one free publication, membership of one free SIG (Special Interest Group), discounts on publications, reduced conference registration fees and voting rights.

There are also special membership packages for institutional members and for members of IEERA's associates (basic members).

What happens at the Annual Conference?

This is the most important event in the association's calendar and takes place each year somewhere in the world. It is attended by around 1,700 delegates each year and includes plenary sessions by eminent practitioners, a large number of workshops, talks and round tables given by other speakers, an ELT Resources Exhibition and Pre-Conference Events organised by Special Interest Groups.

What are SIGs?

Members can join any number of the fourteen Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and through them take an active part in the association. SIGs bring out their own newsletters, hold events and, as part of the Annual Conference, organise Pre-Conference Events (PCEs) and a SIG Track, which includes their Open Forum. The SIGs also organise a biennial conference, the SIG Symposium, which normally takes place outside the US.

What links does IEERA have with other teacher associations?

IEERA has associate agreements with other teachers' associations throughout the world. Among other things, both parties agree to exchange newsletters and to find a speaker to attend each other's conference at least once every three years.

How does IEERA help less economically advantaged teachers to participate in the association?

Firstly, through a number of scholarships that help teachers attend the Annual Conference or the SIG Symposium. Secondly, through the Wider Membership Scheme (WMS), which allows teachers from specific associates to obtain basic membership at a special rate

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