AzETA is a professional non-government, non-profit organisation of English teachers of Azerbaijan. It unites about 2,000 teachers throughout the country. It was established in 1995 and officially registered in 1996. Since its establishment AzETA works closely with British Council, Peace Corps and US Embassy in Azerbaijan. AzETA also seeks possibilities to co-operate with ELT and/or education related programmes/organisations both in Azerbaijan and world-wide. As a member of RENTA (Regional Network of Teachers’ Associations) AzETA closely co-operates with the TAs of the region and implements joint projects and regularly seeks opportunities to extend co-operation with them. Since August 2005 AzETA is an Associate member of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, UK). In June 2009 AzETA became an affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to the Speakers of Other Languages, USA).
The Mission of the Association is to provide support for high quality education in ELT, professional development of English language teachers of the country. For this AzETA very closely co-operates with the Ministry of Education to make its contribution to the Education Reform Project implemented by the Government of Azerbaijan. The Ministry supports all AzETA activities. AzETA mainly co-operates with the Department of the High School and Pre-School Education in Rural Regions of Azerbaijan as the majority of AzETA members come from the rural regions.
AzETA has a strategy of supporting ELT through different activities: teacher training, materials development, study tours, TV matinees, conversation groups, workshops, etc. Unlike support to one or two individual institutions, this strategy enables AzETA to assist the professional development of teachers of secondary schools and universities throughout Azerbaijan both in public and private sectors. Such a strategy has produced impressive results and builds networks of teachers, committed and empowered to implement Education Reform of the Ministry of Education.
So far, AzETA has branches in 10 regions of Azerbaijan: Baku, Barda, Ganja, Goygol, Ismayilli, Khachmaz, Lenkaran, Mingechevir, Sheki and Shirvan. Some regions have applied for launching a branch. AzETA, usually, gives 6 months’ probation period to the potential candidates. If they pass probation period successfully, AzETA officially launches its branches in these regions. If probation period becomes challenging, additional 6 months’ probation is given. Probation period can be extended 4 times maximum.