Let's make REAL the voice of language teachers in Europe!

Written by: Ophelia Pamukchieva
Sounds good and it is not only a dream. REAL is the name of a project whose aim is to found an organisation which will unite and help both language learners and language teachers all over Europe. The first steps have been made and the seminar – REALise your poten…tial is one of them.
The seminar took place in Iasi, Romania and there were participants from Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Greece, France, Spain and England. If I have to describe the atmosphere in two words, they are enthusiasm and hope. It is appropriate to remind you the old Bulgarian legend of Khan Kubrat who asked his sons to break arrows one by one and it was an easy task but when they had to break an armful of arrows is was an impossible task. The moral was that if they worked together they would be stronger.
The same can be said about a common organisation of most of the European language associations and this way it will be easier to reach and influence authorities and financing at European level as well as attract public attention. Such an organisation will also give us more opportunities to share ideas, experience and make our language associations more attractive.
There is still a lot of work to be done and it depends on you and me to make this idea into reality.
I believe, you have already been intrigued and will look at their pages:

REAL Seminar 17-19 September 2007 in Sèvres, France

On 17th – 19th September CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogique) in Sèvres, France, hosted an international meeting under the REAL project.
The meeting was attended by representatives of various mono and multi-lingual associations and professional organizations of language teachers across Europe.
The main aim of the gathering was to introduce the participants to the findings of European-wide research into professional organizations of language teachers and networking. Issues related to the possible structure, maintenance cost and future members were discussed.
The majority of the delegates expressed their support for the creation of such a huge European network of associations.
BETA’s representative was Nina Tsvetkova.
BETA wishes the REAL steering committee success with the continuation of the project and we remain waiting for the opportunity to join the future network whose main goals would be to support teachers of all languages throughout Europe as well as to influence European policies in the sphere of modern language education.