12/05/2017 - 08:31
Today marks the beginning of ‘BELTA Day’ weekend. This afternoon, the BELTA Board members will come together at Odisee University College in Brussels to prepare the venue for Saturday’s 5th ANNUAL BELTA DAY. Hanging signs, laying out badges, unboxing programmes and stuffing conference bags are some of duties that the Board members will perform this afternoon. Tomorrow, the Board members and the 20 volunteers will arrive early in the morning, with coffee in hand, to meet and greet the 250+ participants, speakers, publishers and sponsors.
Yesterday, ‘BELTA Day’ weekend received an unexpected shot of adrenaline. This week, The Language Industry has been announcing the TOP 100 vote-getters in their annual Language Industry Awards. Every day this week, several the TOP 100 recipients have been announced and some interviewed during the event’s live Facebook show. Paulina Christiaens, the BELTA Bulletin Editor, was on hand yesterday in Ghent as it was announced that BELTA Day – the annual conference sponsored by BELTA – had placed in the top quarter of the TOP 100. BELTA Day tied for the 23rd spot with De Taalfluisteraar! (You can watch Paulina's interview with Dries Debackere from De Taalsector here. Skip ahead to 1:14:45 on the Day Four video.)
‘We are thrilled, honoured and astonished with our high placement,’ said John Arnold, President of BELTA. ‘Our event has only existed for 5 years, so to place so high speaks to the quality of the event itself, the determination of our members to become the best possible English teachers, and the drive of our volunteer Board to continually produce an amazingly unique Belgian experience.’
BELTA would like to thank The Language Industry for recognising our continued devotion ot providing quality professional development for English as a Foreign Language Teachers within Belgium and across Europe. According to their website, ‘The Language Industry aims to contribute to the visibility and further development of the language industry. Everyone benefits from a well-developed language industry with a strong image – in the first place the language professionals themselves, but of course also the economy and the wider community.’
We would also like to thank De Taalsector who has been a BELTA partner since our founding five years ago. De Taalsector is a platform for anyone who is professionally engaged in language work, language products, language services or language expertise, and who wants to share their knowledge and experiences with colleagues from the different segments of the language sector. De Taalsector will be at BELTA Day 2017, just like they have been to the previous 4 BELTA Days.
Finally, BELTA would like to thank all our members and friends who voted for us back in April. This top placement will only energise us to work hard on BELTA Day 2018 and beyond!