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English Language Teachers' Association of India

The English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELTAI), founded on August 7, 1969 by the late Padmashri S. Natarajan, a noted educationist with the pledge of committed support by five other teachers, can now claim to be the largest network of teachers of English in India, having grown both in numerical strength (from about 250 initially to about 4,000 now) and in popularity and stature since its modest beginnings through sustained professional development activities and initiatives.The seeds were sown more than half a century ago and now ELTAI has grown into a big banyan tree spreading its roots and branches nationwide into about sixty chapters, and still growing. It has been an Associate of IATEFL (UK) and an Affiliate of TESOL (USA) for long and has established partnerships with several professional associations worldwide.

ELTAI’s professional publications include Journal of English Language Teaching (a bi-monthly print journal), which is given free to all the members of the Association, and three open access e-Journals, focusing on teaching and research in English literature, classroom practices in ELT, and the use of technology in ELT.We conduct and support conferences, seminars, and workshops at regional, national, and international levels on areas relevant to English studies today. Our consultancy services include support for teacher development activities, and discussions on current issues and needs relevant to the Indian context.


  • To provide a forum for teachers of English to meet periodically and discuss problems relating to the teaching and learning of English in India
  • To help teachers interact with educational administrators on matters relating to the teaching of English
  • To disseminate information in the ELT field among teachers of English
  • To undertake innovative projects aimed at the improvement of learners’ proficiency in English
  • To promote professional solidarity among teachers of English at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels
  • To strive to promote professional excellence among its members in all possible ways.


  • ELTAI envisions to make India a hub of ELT-related activities and to conceltaitualize the experiences of practitioners in teaching and learning the English language and symbiotically share them with others.
  • ELTAI aims to develop into a movement spreading across the length and breadth of the country empowering teachers to make every learner of English globally competitive.
  • ELTAI aims at becoming a recognized leader, a catalyst, a facilitator, and a trendsetter in spreading English literacy across the country.