The International Federation for the Teaching of English grew out of an international conference on English teaching held at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1966. Following this meeting a network of international meetings and publications began to develop, and this eventually led to the formal constitution of IFTE in 1983. Since then a pattern has developed of holding a major international conference in one of the IFTE countries every four years, with a meeting of the executive attached to it. Executive also meet for an interim meeting in connection with an English conference every two years.

Recent major conferences have been held in New York (1995), Warwick (1999), Melbourne (2003), Calgary (2007), and New Zealand (2011).
Interim meetings have been held in Adelaide (1993), Johannesburg (1997), Vancouver (2001 and 2005), New Zealand (2009), and Colorado (2013).


IFTE's mission is to promote the work and voices of English and Literacy Teachers through its member associations and in the world of English teaching generally. It works through conferences, links with associations with similar aims, electronic and other forms of publication, and both formal and informal networks of English and literary professionals.


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Common Ground, Global Reach:
Teaching English & English Education for Global Literacies

2015 IFTE/CEE Summer Conference
July 6-9, 2015
Fordham University, New York, NY