Developing an Association for Language Teachers Handbook This handbook has one simple purpose. That is, to provide some practical suggestions for language teachers. It may be that you are thinking about setting up an association or that you have already started an association and would like more ideas on certain aspects. The suggestions which are presented here are all based on the practical experience of teachers in many parts of the world.
However, we cannot pretend that all the ideas in this handbook can be applied automatically in any situation. When setting up or developing an association you will, of course, have to pay primary attention to the needs of language teachers in your own situation. You will also have to pay attention to the constraints of your own situation, and make use of the resources which are available in your situation. It is impossible for a short handbook to deal with all the possibilities which may exist.
Think of this handbook, then, simply as a bank of suggestions. It is for you to adopt,
adapt or reject these suggestions as you think fit.
1 This text has been slightly adapted from the introduction of the 1988 edition.