International League of Esperanto Teachers

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The International League of Esperanto Teachers (Esperanto: Internacia Ligo de Esperantistaj Instruistoj, ILEI) is a non-governmental organization which teaches respect for humanity, life and nature and which seeks to further mutual understanding among peoples. The group advocates the spread of Esperanto language and culture, publishes books and journals, organizes international conferences and administers examinations worldwide to certify the qualifications of Esperanto teachers. ILEI is a special interest group affiliated with both UNESCO and the Universal Esperanto Association (UEA).


Founded in 1949, the first executive council included Violet C. Nixon, (United Kingdom, president), Einar Dahl (Sweden, secretary-treasurer), Jeanne Dedieu (France) and P. Korte (Netherlands).[1] Subsequent ILEI presidents have included István Szerdahelyi (1985–1988), Edward Symoens (1988–1991), Stefan MacGill (1991–1993), Duncan Charters (1993–1998), Mauro La Torre (1998–2003), Radojica Petrovic (2003–2009); Stefan MacGill (2009-2013) and Mireille Grosjean (2013-) [2]


ILEI holds conferences, usually every year, with particular themes devoted to culture, tourism and linguistic festivals;[3] most conferences have been in Europe, though Cuba, South Korea, Australia, Japan and Benin have also hosted conferences.[4]

Year Host city Host country Theme[4]
1976 San Marino  San Marino Not races, but children live in the world
1977 Luxembourg  Luxembourg Cultural value of Esperanto
1978 Gorizia  Italy Perspectives on teaching
1979 Locarno  Switzerland Children and language
1980 Cottonera  Malta Esperanto as a bridge to international understanding
1981 Gödöllő  Hungary Social and linguistic role of Esperanto for education
1982 Seiano  Italy The liberating principle of Esperanto in education
1983 Sintra  Portugal Ethnic minorities and Esperanto
1984 Škofja Loka  Slovenia Esperanto and foreign-language instruction
1985 Kungälv  Sweden English, yes; Esperanto, yes; languages as partners
1986 Louvain-la-Neuve  Belgium Peace
1987 Łódź  Poland Pedagogic, didactic and linguistic policies to Esperanto
1988 Kerkrade  Netherlands Traditional and modern methods of Esperanto instruction
1989 Caerleon  Wales Motivation for school teaching of Esperanto
1990 Santa Clara  Cuba National norms and the teaching of Esperanto
1991 Voss  Norway Tyresö and Rauma — now what?
1992 Bratislava  Slovakia Methodus linguarum novissima
1993 Valencia  Spain Academic value of Esperanto teaching
1994 Gangnam-gu  South Korea Asian contributions to world education and culture
1995 Övik (Porvoo)  Finland Propaedeutic value of Esperanto
1996 Tábor  Czech Republic Esperanto learning and self-learning methods
1997 Lara  Australia Multiculturalism and language acquisition
1998 Montpellier  France Linguistic instruction, a bridge to the world
1999 Karlovy Vary  Czech Republic Peace through education
2000 Bouresse  France
2001 Lovran  Croatia Strengthening Esperanto instruction and intercultural education
2002 (No meeting held)
2003 Örestrand (Höganäs)  Sweden
2004 Bratislava  Slovakia
2005 Kaunas  Lithuania
2006 Parma  Italy
2007 Ranzan  Japan Women in Esperanto culture
2008 Porto-Novo  Benin Esperanto teachers for planet Earth
2009 Crakow  Poland Esperanto pedagogy facing intercultural communication challenges
2010 Havana  Cuba UNESCO's International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures


  1. ^ Internacia Ligo de Esperantistaj Instruistoj stariĝis in La Juna Vivo, September 1949, page 355.
  2. ^ ILEI Estraro. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  3. ^ ILEI conferences (eo)
  4. ^ a b Conferences 1976-2008 (eo)

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