Malta Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

 

                                           STATUTE

1.             Name

 

                The name of this organisation shall be Malta Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign 
                Language, hereinafter MATEFL.

 

2.             Aims and Objectives

               

                a)             MATEFL shall strive to promote the development of EFL practitioners

                in Malta as autonomous, reflective professionals.  The association sets itself 

                the task of facilitating the dissemination, exchange and sharing of ideas among

                EFL teachers working in different schools.

 

                b)             MATEFL seeks to further EFL teachers’ awareness of:

                                i)              the theoretical underpinnings of language learning/teaching

                                                in general, and EFL in particular;

                                ii)             TEFL methodologies, approaches, and techniques;

                                iii)            resource material for TEFL, its creation, and principled

                                                exploitation.

 

                c)             The Association shall strive to keep EFL teachers in Malta abreast of

                developments in TEFL around the world.

 

3.             Methods

 

                MATEFL shall seek to achieve the above aims by means of the organisation of

                talks, seminars, workshops, and conferences on topics relevant to the theory

                and classroom practice of TEFL, and by any other suitable means.  Furthermore,

                it shall promote the  development of teachers’ Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

 

4.             Independent status

 

                While willing to co-operate with other local or international bodies in the

                furtherance of its aims, MATEFL is and shall remain distinct from and independent                
                of any particular EFL school, any organised federation or group of such schools,

                or any EFL teachers’ trade union, should such a body be set up.

 

5.             International outreach

 

                In order to ensure that EFL in Malta is open to international developments in

                the field and situated within the global EFL scene, MATEFL shall establish and

                maintain working relations with like-minded |EFL organisations abroad.  In

                particular, it shall seek and maintain affiliation with the International Association of            
               Teachers of English as a Foreign language (IATEFL).

 

 6.             Membership

 

                a)             Membership of MATEFL is open to all teachers of EFL current or past,

                and to those who have undergone a training course in TEFL, irrespective of other

                considerations of experience, qualifications or nationality.

 

                b)             The committee reserves the right to refuse applications for membership,

                at its discretion, provided that reasons for the refusal are given to the applicant.

 

                c)             An annual membership fee of 20 euro is chargeable.  The membership period

                covered by the annual fee shall run from 1st January to 31st December of each year.

 

7.             Officers and Committee of the Association

 

                a)             The elected officers of the Association holding executive positions          
                shall be:                                           

                                i)              Chair

                                ii)             Vice-Chair

                                iii)            Secretary

                                iv)            Treasurer

 

                b)             Elections of the officers of the Association shall be held every two years on the                

                occasion of the Annual General Meeting.  Election shall be by secret ballot of all  paid-up
               members present and voting at the AGM.

 

                c)             The Association shall have a Committee consisting of the officers    

                mentioned in paragraph 7 a) above together with not more than four additional                      
                elected members.  All elected members have full voting rights at committee meetings.

 

                d)             The four officers mentioned in paragraph 7 a) above and the other elected members
                of the Committee shall serve for two years after election, and shall be  eligible for  re-election
                thereafter.

 

                e)             The Committee may from time to time co-opt non-voting members of the            
                Committee from among the membership of MATEFL at its discretion.  Co-option

                is until the date of the next General Meeting, and shall be renewable.

 

8.             Amendments to this Statute

 

                The Committee shall have the power to alter the Statute, other than Paragraphs 2 and 4 and  
               
this paragraph but no such alteration shall take effect until the same has been  confirmed  by a 
                two-thirds majority of the members present and voting at a General Meeting.   
                Proposed  amendments to other parts of the Statute should either be supported by at least two-third
 
               
of the voting members of the Committee or submitted to the Chair   not less than 60 days 

                before the date of the Annual General Meeting, with the signed support of at least 10% of   
                
the currently paid-up members.  Any such proposed amendments shall be distributed to 

                members at least 30 days before the Annual General Meeting.  To become effective, the  proposed 
                amendment must be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the members present
 and voting at the AGM.

 

9.             Audit of Accounts

 

                The accounts of the Association shall be audited annually and the report of the audit shall

                be presented to the Annual General Meeting for approval.

 

10.           Annual General Meeting

 

                a)             The AGM of the Association shall be held every year within the first 6 months

                of the year to transact the following business:

                                i)              to receive and, if approved, adopt a statement of the Association’s

                                                accounts to the end of the preceding calendar year;

                                ii)             to receive reports of the activities of officers, the Committee, and

                                                the Association;

                                iii)            to appoint an Auditor or Auditors;

                                iv)            to consider any proposals for amendments of this Statute as per

                                                paragraph 8;

                                v)             to consider any matters brought before it by the Committee or

                                                members;

                                vi)            to consider Resolutions proposed and seconded by members and

                                                received by the Committee for inclusion in the Agenda.

 

                b)             Notice convening the Annual General Meeting shall be send to members not

                less than 30 days before the meeting, and shall specify the matters to be dealt with.

 

11.           Extraordinary General Meeting

 

                a)             An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called by the Committee at any

                time,  or must be convened within 30 days from the receipt of a requisition in writing

                to the Secretary signed by not less than 20% of the paid-up members specifying the object

                of the meeting for any of the following purposes:

                                i)              to deal with any special matter the Committee may desire to place

                                                before the members;

                                ii)             to receive the resignation of the Committee en bloc or to remove

                                                any member or members thereof from office, and to fill the

                                                vacancy/ies thereby arising.

                                iii)            to deal with any special matter which the members requiring the

                                                meeting may desire to place before the Association.

 

                b)             Notice convening an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be sent to members

                not less than 15 days before the meeting is due to be held, and shall specify the matters

                to be dealt with.

 

 

12.           Quorum and Voting

 

                a)             At Committee meetings not less than half of the voting members shall form

                a quorum, provided that two of the four officers of the Association are among that

                number.

 

                b)             At General Meetings, 30% of the paid-up members shall form a quorum.

 

                c)             Elections at General Meetings shall be by secret ballot, and all other voting shall

                                be by show of hands, unless any member requests a secret ballot.

 

 

13.           Remuneration

 

                The whole of the income and property of the Association shall be applied solely to the

                promotion of its aims, objectives and methods as set out in Paragraphs 2 and 3.  No part

                of MATEFL income or property shall be paid to any member, except for services actually

                rendered to MATEFL, other than service on its committee.  This rule shall also not preclude

                the reimbursement of any expenses incurred in the service of MATEFL as approved by the

                Treasurer.

 

14.           Dissolution of the Association

 

                a)             MATEFL may be dissolved:

                        i)          by a decision taken in this regard by two-thirds of the members present

                                                and voting at a General Meeting;

                             ii)             if three successive General Meetings, convened within ninety days

                                                of each other, lack a sufficient quorum of members to conduct business.

 

              b)             Any property remaining after the Association has been disolved and all its debts

                and liabilities have been settled shall not be distributed to members, but shall be given to

                some other non-profit-makingorganisation/s, preferably having similar aims and objectives

                to MATEFL, an which shall have a similar prohibition regarding the distribution of property

                among its members as in this paragraph.

 

15.           Official status of MATEFL

 

            a)          MATEFL is a non-profit-making organisation.

 

                b)             In all matters, this statute is to be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the

                Republic of Malta.

 

 

 

 

 

Statute approved at meetings on 8 and 15th December 1994 and amended at AGMs on 22nd April 1998 and 14th April 1999 and 1st January 2013