It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Tony Fitzpatrick, the founding father of the ICC.
Tony was one of the driving forces behind developments in language teaching and most significantly language testing from the second half of the last century right up until the last few years when he took a step back from the ICC Board.
His indefatigable energy and single-minded vision saw the ICC grow from a testing and validation body in Germany to gaining an international profile through the Council of Europe, the European Centre for Modern Languages and involvement in countless EU funded projects.
Under his watch the ICC first developed a teacher training framework that has now become EUROLTA. Fundamental to the success of this was the close relationship Tony set up with the Swiss company Migros, who continue use EUROLTA in their internal teacher training.
Under his watch the ICC developed benchmarks for evaluating the quality of language testing systems and materials.
Tony was a tireless worker. He took on many roles in the association – from Director to board member and co-chair. He always sought practical solutions – often highly creative – to all manner of challenges.
He was also active beyond the ICC as author, speaker and consultant. He was involved in the BBC ‘Follow Me’ TV and video course that had a huge impact on ELT in China. He was regularly involved in the ECML in Graz, and a speaker at numerous events and conferences.
Those of us privileged to work alongside him will remember him for his energy, constant curiosity and generosity of spirit. He had a very linguistic sense of humour, and couldn’t resist a flow of gentle puns and linguistic jokes. He was gregarious and sociable, as those of us who attended many an ICC conference or board dinner in Offenbach, Mainz or Ober-Ursel can attest.
In the ICC he leaves behind an organisation that hopefully embodies his passionate belief of language education as a means to bring people together and a force for good.
ICC sends its deep condolences to Tony’s wife Pat and his daughters.
ICC-LANGUAGES STATEMENT ON THE WAR IN UKRAINE
As an international European language association, ICC-Languages condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We admire and applaud the bravery of the Ukrainian army and civilian resistance, as well as the courage of the refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries to protect their young from the bombing and shelling of Ukraine’s cities.
We also want to commend the bravery of the many Russian citizens who have joined anti-war demonstrations in Moscow, St Petersburg and other cities.
ICC-Languages stands for international understanding and it believes in nations coming together in peace. We believe, teach and promote international understanding through language and culture.
Invading a sovereign nation, because of a desire for gains in territory and power, is illegal in international law, is wholly immoral, and brings shame on the entire country of Russia.
We urge the Russian government. Stop the invasion now. Withdraw your troops now.
As a sign of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, the ICC would like to offer some free places on our online teacher training course EUROLTA. The European Certificate in Langauge Teaching to Adults is an international certificate enabling participants to start a career in language teaching.
80 hours live synchronous sessions with a tutor
40 hours self-study on our online learning platform
The new EUROLTA online course “INTENSIVE” will start in March 2023.
More information is available on the EUROLTA page:
About the ICC
The International Certificate Conference (ICC) is a non-profit-organisation whose aim is to promote and improve the learning and teaching of languages in adult education.
Membership of the ICC is open to language teaching institutions and individuals. Members receive discounted fees for the ICC Conference and access to the EUROLTA training scheme.
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EUROLTA is an internationally recognized teacher training program to train you to teach languages using up to date methodologies.
What is EUROLTA?
EUROLTA (European Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults) is an internationally recognized teacher training program to train you to teach languages using up–to-date methodologies. The EUROLTA certificate is developed, issued and recognised by the ICC, a network of leading institutions of adult education in Europe and around the world.
Why take EUROLTA?
- to gain the skills and knowledge you need as a language teacher
- to make you a more confident and more competent language teacher
- to enhance your employment prospects
Who can take EUROLTA?
EUROLTA is designed for
- those who wish to enter the profession of language teaching and gain a teaching qualification.
- those who have only little language teaching experience and feel they need to upgrade their teaching skills.
- those who have some years of teaching experience and want to exchange ideas with colleagues from many countries in order to update their views on teaching and learning.
What makes EUROLTA different from other teaching qualifications?
- EUROLTA is open to teachers of all languages.
- EUROLTA is practical and flexible.
- EUROLTA is learner-centred based on reflection on one´s own teaching practice.
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