The activity of the Association of Teachers of the English language of Uzbekistan was founded in 1996 with the aim of ensuring the quality of teaching in English in accordance with international requirements.
Currently, the association has created a model of personnel training based on the law "On Education", the National Training Program and the requirements of the State Committee for Foreign Languages PCM No. 124 of May 08, 2013, and since February 18, 2017, the organization has received the status of the Association of Teachers of Uzbekistan.
UzTEA has succeeded in creating a professional network and brought together English language teachers from all over the country, and now it's time to develop professionally. One of the incentives to encourage teachers to self-motivation is a Prize specially organized for English language teachers. The government award “The Best Teacher of the Year”was also established. Unlike all the “Best Teacher” awards, the UzTEA award will be awarded not only to teachers of public schools, but also to all levels of the education system corresponding to the CEFR levels, starting from A1 to C1 and from the public sector to higher education. It is still unfair to compare and allow a preschool teacher to compete with a university-level English teacher for only 1 award.
Last year, UzTEA volunteered to teach English in rural schools for two weeks and reached more than 1000 students, where young ELT specialists, winners of various UzTEA competitions for teachers, shared their knowledge and innovative methods of teaching English with their colleagues and ignited the love of teaching and learning English in every person involved
The annual UzTEA conferences are designed to provide a unique opportunity to meet with leading trainers, theorists and writers and exchange ideas with professional colleagues from all sectors of teaching and learning English. It also helps amateur ELT teachers to establish contacts with those who have many years of experience behind them. This gives them a new opportunity for self-reflection, creating an open stage for learning from professionals and national and international ELT experts. Every year, numerous professional events are held at the local and national levels, offering teachers and other ELT professionals opportunities to learn, share and communicate. However, this year, supporting continued teaching and learning is more critical than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For ELT specialists, this period is quite difficult and transformative, since there is no easily accessible manual that could give appropriate answers. The overall goal of UzTEA is to promote seminars and trainings on continuous professional development as an adaptive response to emerging problems in the field of education and to protect the educational opportunities of young people during and after the pandemic.