The Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) is a professional body committed to the training of teachers,
to teach English effectively. Our mission is to provide a professional forum for members and practitioners teaching English
as a Foreign or Second language, to facilitate effective communication and to improve the teaching standards of English in Pakistan.
We achieve our goals by conducting monthly academic sessions, publishing quarterly journals,
facilitating teacher training workshops and organizing annual international
conferences on vital themes in the English language niche.
In June 1984, four English Language Teachers sat together wondering how to initiate a forum that could get
English Language Teachers (ELT) together. This was a long felt need since 1978, when one such attempt had been made.
In that attempt, we tried to give equal representation to all provinces; the President was from Punjab, the Secretary from Karachi,
and Treasurer from NWFP and the Academic Secretary from Balochistan. Those were not the magic days of email.
The plan never got off the ground and the committee never met again!
English teachers from all over Pakistan met at a Karachi conference in Islamabad in 1983, and again in 1984. The need for an ELT forum was voiced again. This time four teachers from decided to take the lead to meet and find a way to establish a language teachers’ association.
After a lot of discussion, it became clear that it would be best if we followed these principles: