· AzETA Baku Branch was established in 2003. Its office is located at:
Room 322, Baku Slavic University,
25 Suleyman Rustam Street, Baku AZ-1014
Contact number: (+994) (0) 50 2359507
It is also AzETA’s Head Office.
Some details of the Branch activities:
AzETA celebrates World Teachers’ Day
At the official opening ceremony Ragsana Mammadova, AzETA President congratulated the participants on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day, gave some information on the history of celebration of this day and mentioned teaching as a holy profession.
Dr Gilinjkhan Bayramov, AzETA first President congratulated the participants on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day and wished that this honorable profession would be valued the way it deserved.
Prof. Ajdar Agayev, Chairman of Education Board of the Republic of Azerbaijan made opening remarks and shared his views on this holy profession, as well as, ways of being an effective teacher.
After the official opening Dr Erdem Soylemez
made a presentation titled: Teaching is a Holy Profession.
1. Dr Gilinjkhan Bayramov
2. Prof. Ajdar Agayev
3. Prof. Minira Garayeva
4. Gulshan Huseynova
for their contribution to the development of education in Azerbaijan and on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day.
At the end, AzETA below members were given flowers as AzETA first members and activists:
1. Dostukhanim Zulfugarova
2. Farida Tahirli
3. Fazila Mustafayeva
4. Janna Aliyeva
5. Malahat Aliyeva
6. Rafiga Babayeva
7. Sevda Bagirova
8. Narinj Mehtiyeva
All female members were given a rose at the closing ceremony.
After the official ceremony, the participants were invited to the tea party to socialise.
All in all, it was an unforgettable event which left fond memories both with AzETA and the participants as it brought together the members on such a special day.
Workshops by Pilgrims Ltd. UK
Jim Wright, Head of Teacher Training and Business Development and Kevin Batchelor, Teacher Trainer of Pilgrims English Courses were in Baku with the invitation of AzETA on 25-28 November 2010. Kevin Batchelor had a workshop at the Dunya School of Khazar University with the organisational support of AzETA.
He had for AzETA members on 27 and 28 November. It was a unique opportunity for the teachers to get new ideas for their daily teaching.
Teacher training for teaching TOEFL
These were open workshops where 20-30 teachers participated at each workshop.
With the financial support of the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs & Office of English Language Programs, AzETA organised a 20-hour TOEFL training course for a group of AzETA members. The course started in February and finished today, 27 May. The trainer was Alecia Rubino, English Language Fellow of the US Embassy.
The training was held in the press centre of Human Rights House Azerbaijan every Thursday. The trainees were awarded with certificates of completion upon successful accomplishment of the training. Now there is a TOEFL teachers’ bank in AzETA who can teach TOEFL professionally.
Teacher training by Alecia Rubino
Alecia Rubino, English Language Fellow of the US Embassy was appointed to this position in September 2008 and started co-operating with AzETA in October 2008. She organised 2 types of training for AzETA members on Saturdays. One of the training courses was for the mentors, the other was for the new members of AzETA. Starting from October 2009 the participants of the mentor teachers’ course are training their peers.
Teacher training by AzETA members
1. Starting from October 2008 AzETA is offering 40 hour training package to its members. The trainers are the trainees of the Newly Qualified Teacher Training Project funded by the British Council in 2006-2008. As the Project was handed over to AzETA in June 2008, AzETA made it its strategy to train its members with the help of the NQT Project trainees. As such, it was a 3 months training organised every Saturday in the school year of 2008-2009. Each Saturday the participants had a 3 hour session and were trained on different topics pursuant to the Starter Pack developed for the purposes of the NQT Project. The members were very happy for the opportunity.
2. In July 2009 17 AzETA members attended teacher training in the UK offered by Pilgrims Ltd. Starting from 1 October 2009 these trainees gave workshops in AzETA Baku office every Saturday to share the knowledge gianed during the training with their peers.
3. Matthew Miller is an English Language Fellow brought to Azerbaijan by the US Embassy. Although his host institution is Azerbaijan Teachers’ Institute, he offered training sessions to AzETA during the 2009-2010 school year. He had a series of open sessions in AzETA Baku office every third Saturday of the month starting from 17 October 2009. The dates for his sessions for 2009 were as below: