RENTA - Regional English Teachers Association was informally established in 2003 at the meeting of Hornby Alumni and Teachers’ Associations’ representatives held in Tbilisi, Georgia on 20-23 March 2003.

RENTA is composed of 8 Teachers’ Associations of South Caucasus, Central Asia and the Russian Federation, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The aim is to share experience and expertise, implement joint projects in the field of ELT.

The advantage of RENTA is that it is composed of the TAs with different skills – metaphorically speaking, there are TAs that are at the beginning, intermediate or advanced level. Sharing information, experience and expertise helps TAs develop as professional organisations.

History

After Tbilisi meeting Azerbaijan and Tajikistan TAs implemented a joint project on study tour where the President and Branch Director of the latter visited AzETA (Azerbaijan English Teachers’ Association) to learn from the experiences of AzETA on providing services, branch management, co-operation with other ELT related local and international organisations, etc. After that visit TA in Tajikistan extended its scope of activity opening branches in the regions of Tajikistan. AzETA in its turn benefited from Tajik colleagues’ comments on how to improve certain services provided.

RENTA held its second seminar in Istanbul, Turkey on 9-11 May 2004 with the financial support of the British Council and Hornby Educational Trust.

At the seminar the TAs represented in RENTA briefed on the activities carried out after the Tbilisi meeting, discussed the needs and requirements, future plans of individual TAs and sought the ways for furthering the co-operation.

The participants discussed the possibility of developing two joint project proposals and implementing them:

  • Regional Teacher Training, where it is intended to train 5 teachers from each TA as trainer trainers so that the TAs involve them in their future training or conferences or summer schools instead of wasting time for looking for trainers.
  • Website design for the TAs, which will be a source of exchange of information among the TAs.