Our history

BETA was founded as an initiative of some English Teachers in Bolivia with the advice and support of The Bolivian-British ELT project in October 1993. At this date, some associations had already been established in Cochabamba and La Paz since 1991.

The project aimed to promote The English Language Teaching and foster links between universities and schools, where there was a burgeoning demand in teaching English for Specific Purposes. The universities were also, in fact, English teacher training institutions for schools as the Escuelas Normales had ceased to train school teachers of English some years earlier. One of the aims of the project was, therefore,. From this derived the concept of establishing English teachers associations throughout the country to bring together ELT teachers in both universities and schools and in private and public sectors.

This programme had achieved some success among teachers with the consequent result that self-governing associations existed in all four cities by the beginning of 1995. Later that year a meeting was held in La Paz of all the association presidents with the support of the Bolivian-British English Language Teaching (ELT) Project and presence of representatives of the CBA, which agreed to organize the First National Convention of what was now named the Bolivian English Teachers’ Association (BETA). It was unanimously agreed that the first convention would be held in Cochabamba organized

The first Beta convention was held in Cochabamba in January 1995, led by Maria Elba Zambrana Aramayo, President of Beta; with the support of the British and United States Embassies, educational publishers and other commercial enterprises. Guest speakers were supported financially by the Bolivian-British ELT project and the CBA. The Convention took place in the Universidad Catolica in Cochabamba and was widely regarded as a success. At the end of the Convention, participants accepted an offer by the Santa Cruz Association to be organizer of the following convention in 1997. In this way the president of the Association organizing the next convention assumed the presidency of BETA for the year up to the next convention.

From its beginning BETA was an independent, non-profit making association with a national structure. It was composed of departmental associations, who chose their president and committee and established their own requirements for membership and association fees. Some of these associations had regional branches.

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