Founded 30 years ago, ETAI, a voluntary non-profit association of English teachers, has proved a major source of professional development for the English teaching community in Israel. ETAI holds three major conferences, in the winter, spring and summer in Beersheba, Haifa and Jerusalem. In addition, ETAI has started a new trend of holding local mini-conferences during the late afternoons and evenings on teaching days. In 2008-9, ETAI will sponsor 10 mini-conferences throughout the country, from the far north to Eilat, so that teachers who live in these areas may meet to learn, share and update their professional knowledge in a supportive and teacher-friendly environment. Upcoming events scheduled on ETAI's calendar: â€¢ Sunday, December 14 - mini-conference in Hatzor Haglilit from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at ORT Junior High, Ma'ale Hazeitim Street. Speakers: Dr. Elisheva Barkon, Prof. Penny Ur (ETAI Chairperson), Jackie Teplitz, Aviva Shapiro, and Nicola Crowley (British Council). â€¢ Sunday, December 28 - Winter Conference in Beersheba from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ulpanat Amit, Wingate Street (Shechuna Gimmel). Theme: "Diversity in the Classroom." Plenary speakers: Prof. Batia Laufer and Dr. Richard Curwin, heading up a list of 40 different presenters. â€¢ Wednesday, January 14 - mini-conference in Kfar Saba from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bar Lev Junior High, 102 Tel Hai Street. Speakers: Debby Toperoff, Nava Horovitz (ETAI Vice Chairperson), Micki Zaritsky, and Amanda Caplan. For more information about ETAI, take a look at our website: www.etni.org.il/etai/ or call the ETAI office at 02-500-1844.