The Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (FIPLV)
The Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes, founded in Paris in 1931, is the only international multilingual association of teachers of languages. It has Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) consultative status with UNESCO and has representation as an NGO with the Council of Europe.
- to promote the teaching and learning of languages in order to facilitate and improve communication, understanding, cooperation and friendly relations among all peoples of the world
- to develop, support and promote policies designed to diversify the languages taught
- to improve the quality of language teaching and make this teaching available to all
- to develop the continuity and cohesion of multilingual education in primary, secondary, further, higher and adult education
- to improve the professional training and development of future and practising language teachers in all sectors of education
- to help and advise on the founding of professional associations of language teachers
- to coordinate and develop the work of its member associations
- to facilitate collaboration amongst its member associations around the world
- to encourage teachers of different languages to cooperate with each other locally, nationally and internationally to promote the teaching of languages and language policy based on principles of multilingualism;
- to support nationally and represent internationally the views of member associations
- to provide a vehicle of international solidarity for language teachers from different regions of the world
- to actively promote the importance of multilingualism and the study of languages
Members of FIPLV may be either international unilingual associations or federations of language teachers, national multilingual associations or national unilingual associations where their language is not represented by an international unilingual federation on the FIPLV World Council. Of the first category, there are currently LATEUM for English, ILEI for Esperanto, FIPF for French, IDV for German, and MAPRYAL for Russian. Of the second category, national multilingual associations, which unite teachers across languages at the local, regional and national level, FIPLV has around twenty-five members from all continents. In the third category, national unilingual associations, there are currently ASOCOPI (Associación Colombiana de Profesores de Inglés), ATES (Association of Teachers of English in Somalia), BETA (Bulgarian English Teachers’ Association), and ELTA (English Language Teachers’ Association) Serbia. There is also provision for associate membership.
The key authority of FIPLV is the World Assembly, which brings together the representatives of member associations every three years. The World Council, which is comprised of representatives of the international unilingual associations, Regions of the Federation and national multilingual associations, meets annually.
The Executive Committee of the Federation, composed of five officers elected for three years, meets biannually. For the current triennium of 2016-2019, the officers are:
- President –Paolo Balboni (Italy);
- Vice President – Judith Richters (The Netherlands);
- Secretary General – Terry Lamb (UK);
- Treasurer General – Sylvia Velikova (Bulgaria);
- Webmaster – Goran Vodicka (UK);
- Editor of Publications – vacant.
In line with the FIPLV Statutes, FIPLV has undertaken a process of regionalisation, which allows more concrete cooperation between neighbouring associations in different areas of the globe. FIPLV also encourages associative relations among teachers of different languages in areas of the globe where it has fewer members (e.g., Africa, Asia, Latin America).