Purpose of the PDA Fund

Purpose of the PDA Fund

Purpose of the fund

The purpose of the fund is simple: ‘To provide financial support for Belgian English language teachers seeking professional development opportunities.’ Your donation will go to support projects sponsored by BELTA to help and encourage Belgian English teachers to seek out new professional development opportunities.

We will use this fund to continue to award two travel grants to the IATEFL annual conference. In late 2017, the initial Travel Grant was renamed THE JORIS DE ROY MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT, in Joris’ honour. Also, in 2017, we began to offer the Belgian Presenter’s IATEFL Travel Grant which encourages Belgian English teachers who are BELTA members to present at the IATEFL conference.

In addition, we are in the early stages of developing a third grant: a prize for future teachers of English. We are forming a committee of teacher trainers from Flanders and Wallonia to develop a fair competition for teacher training students, which will focus on Joris’ love for the language, the culture, and the teaching of English.