Regional English Language Office

The Office of English Language Programs in Washington, D.C. provides academic expertise, advisory and consultative assistance, as well as materials and resources worldwide. All programs are implemented by Regional English Language Officers (RELOs) at American Embassies or Consulates. The RELO office for Central Asia is based in Astana, and serves five Central Asian countries – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan – as a professional consultant on a wide range of English language projects. RELOs travel throughout the region, providing seminars and other training for English teachers and supporting the work of English teacher associations. They also work closely with Education Ministries and university English departments on issues related to curriculum and materials development. For more information or to receive these resources in your region, please contact us at the emails below:

RELO: RELO-Nepal@state.gov
Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent: Tashkent-Program@state.gov

English Teaching Forum is an international, refereed, journal published by the U.S. Department of State for teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL). The mission of English Teaching Forum is to contribute to the professional development of its readers around the world by offering articles that reflect current theory and practice in English language teaching. This quarterly journal is distributed by the Public Affairs Section. To request the magazine for your institution, please email us at Tashkent-Program@state.gov. Visit https://americanenglish.state.gov/past-issues-english-teaching-forum to access and download current and past issues of online editions of the English Teaching Forum.

Submissions: English Teaching Forum accepts submissions of previously unpublished articles from English teachers, teacher trainers, and program administrators on a wide variety of topics in second/foreign language education, including principles and methods of language teaching; activities and techniques for teaching the language skills and subskills; classroom-based studies and action research; needs analysis, curriculum and syllabus design; assessment, testing, and evaluation; teacher training and development; materials writing; and English for Specific Purposes. Most of the articles published in English Teaching Forum are submitted by its readers.

English Teaching Forum Guidelines for Authors: English Teaching Forum focuses primarily on the teaching of English. Submissions that focus exclusively on linguistic theory or rely primarily on statistics and quantitative research may not be suitable for this journal. Also, articles that require knowledge of a language other than English or focus exclusively on teaching in a specific country may not be appropriate for the global readership of English Teaching Forum. Read past issues to see what topics have been included in recent issues and to see the length and scope of published articles.

Visit https://americanenglish.state.gov/submission-guidelines for additional guidelines on article submissions.

The Embassy of the United States in Tashkent is pleased to announce the competition for the 2020 fall term of the Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program previously known as AE E-Teacher.

Program Overview

The OPEN Program offers 8-week professional development courses developed by U.S. universities on topics such as English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) TESOL Methodology, Professional Development for Teacher Trainers, and Integrating Critical Thinking into the Classroom.

Requirements

Candidates for OPEN program should be current ELT professionals (teachers who are working with one of the five subjects covered by the courses, teacher trainers, or program administrators). They should be highly motivated individuals who are dedicated to their own professional development and to sharing the knowledge, they will gain with colleagues through workshops or presentations.  In addition, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of and reside in Uzbekistan for the entire duration of the course term;
  • Have strong English language reading and writing skills (minimum CEFR B2 or 70 iBT);
  • Have regular and reliable access to high-speed internet connection;
  • Be willing to spend 10 to 12 hours online each week for the duration of the 8-week course;
  • Be willing to be enrolled in a second or third course, if your primary choice is unavailable

IMPORTANT: Private English language tutors, teachers employed at educational centers and schools that serve a primarily expatriate population are not eligible.

OPEN Program Courses:

English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)

This course is delivered by Ohio University

Course Overview

English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) is an online course designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of teaching disciplinary content in English. This course will help you re-develop your existing courses or create new ones that use English as the Medium of Instruction (EMI). Materials include engaging videos, practical readings, and opportunities for collaboration within the course and in your institutions. You will identify challenges that faculty and students encounter in EMI classes, and develop strategies for successfully helping students learn course content while simultaneously building or refining their English skills. In addition, you will gain confidence in teaching in English while you also become more comfortable using pedagogies that are interactive and focus on student learning. Topics include course design, syllabi development, lesson and materials creation, teaching interactively in English, and supporting learning through technology. When you complete the course, you will have a portfolio of materials you can use in your own courses.

Content-Based Instruction

This course is delivered by World Learning

Course Overview

This course is designed for teachers who are already teaching — or are preparing soon to teach – content-based instruction (CBI) courses in English. CBI courses present teachers with the challenge of balancing the teaching of both language and content. The ideal way to strike this balance will differ, depending on the teaching context. This course is intended to help its participants meet those challenges by guiding participants through a series of practical, hands-on activities, which are supported by the necessary background and theoretical information, to prepare participants for future decision-making and problem-solving in the area of CBI.

Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting

This course is delivered by World Learning- SIT Grad Institute 

Course overview

Exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students engage in authentic situations to develop the ability to navigate across a variety of cultural. This intercultural ability requires language choices and awareness of oneself as a cultural being. It also requires critical thinking skills, which are themselves culturally defined. Using experiential learning as the organizational model, this course will engage participants in analyzing personal experiences, media, EFL textbooks, and classrooms to develop the capacity to think critically about the cultural assumptions and viewpoints embedded in their teaching content and process. After examining themselves as cultural beings and assessing learners’ needs and goals, participants will develop a concrete teaching lesson that reflects their view of teaching critical thinking and intercultural competence in their particular context.

Methodology for TESOL

This course is delivered by the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide participants with current methodologies for teaching English learners (ELs) of different ages in many learning contexts. Participants will discuss and practice a wide variety of strategies and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). While exploring best practices for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including grammar and vocabulary, participants will learn how to create an effective and communicative language classroom for all learners. In addition, participants will examine what best practices means in the context of teaching English in the 21st century, where English is an international language, and the use of English incorporates modern technologies.

Professional Development for Teacher Trainers

This course is delivered by Arizona State University

Course Description

This course, designed for both new and experienced teachers, gives participants methods for creating, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training workshops. You will gain tools and techniques for promoting professional development in your teaching context. Through participation in this course, you will develop your skills for delivering engaging and relevant teacher trainings.

Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)

This course is delivered by George Mason University

Course Overview

Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) to young learners 3-10 years old. Through engaging videos and practical readings, you will explore approaches for teaching English to children that are not only effective but also fun and engaging. You will learn techniques for teaching new vocabulary and grammar that encourage student participation. In addition, you will gain new ideas for teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing in a meaningful context. Through learner-centered activities and group discussions, you will have many opportunities to share ideas with peers and apply course content to your learning environment. Get ready to learn about TEYL and be part of an international learning community with teachers around the world!

Teaching Grammar Communicatively

This course is delivered by World Learning- SIT Grad Institute

Course overview

In this practice-oriented course, participants will explore how to adapt grammar instruction to meet their students’ needs. They will also focus on integrating grammar instruction with teaching language skills, varying grammar instruction meet the needs of large, mixed ability classes, and using available technology effectively to enhance grammar learning inside and outside the classroom. Participants will discuss different challenges their learners may have with learning grammar, and discover how they can help learners use grammar to improve fluency and accuracy.

Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom

This course is delivered by Iowa State University

Course Overview

This course is designed to help English language teaching professionals around the world acquire and maintain basic knowledge and skills in technology for professional purposes through hands-on learning. It will help teachers integrate pedagogical knowledge and skills with technology to enhance their language teaching and learning through their reading, discussion, and creation of new learning activities. The course will help participants apply technology in record keeping, feedback, and assessment, and use technology to improve communication, collaboration, and efficiency by participating in online discussion and presentation.

How to Apply

Interested English language professionals must complete and email their applications (DOC 336 KB) to Tashkent-ELP@state.gov by Monday, July 20, 2020.

Questions about the E-Teacher Program

Please email your questions to: Tashkent-ELP@state.gov with “OPEN Program” in the subject line of all emails.

The American English team is pleased to offer American English Live: Teacher Development Series 8. The six online seminars of the series cover a variety of topics intended for teachers of English or future teachers of English around the world. At the end of each event, participants will have the opportunity to earn a digital badge that verifies their participation. Viewing group hosts, Public Affairs Offices, and Regional English Language Offices also have the option to issue e-certificates for those who attend four out of six sessions.

Participants are also encouraged to register to join the associated Ning, http://americanenglishwebinars.com,  to participate in discussions, view related materials, and find recordings.

The series will take place from May 06 – July 15, 2020.  These 60-minute sessions will be held every other Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. ET from Washington, D.C. (check http://timeanddate.com for the local time in your region). Participants can join the sessions by viewing the sessions on Zoom at the above times here: https://eca-state.zoom.us/j/975451162

Though not mandatory, registration is encouraged.  Registered participants will receive email reminders with links to pre-session readings and online discussions. Prior to each session, registered participants will receive a reminder email with a Zoom link from americanenglishwebinars@fhi360.org.

Here is the link for registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020WS8

  Presentation Titles Session Dates
 

 

Teaching Reading in the EFL Classroom

Promoting Reading Fluency with the ACTIVE Framework

Neil J. Anderson

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

17:00-18:00 pm Tashkent time

22:00-23:00 pm Tashkent time

Pre-reading Activities to Activate Readers

Ami Christensen

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

17:00-18:00 pm Tashkent time

22:00-23:00 pm Tashkent time

 

Communicative Language Teaching: Fun and Varied Approaches for Common Grammar Topics

Bringing Grammar to Life with Experiential Learning

Amanda Hilliard

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

17:00-18:00 pm Tashkent time

22:00-23:00 pm Tashkent time

No Prep Communicative Grammar Practice

Stephanie Owens Upadhyay

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

17:00-18:00 pm Tashkent time

22:00-23:00 pm Tashkent time

 

 

Pair Work and Group Work to Encourage Student-to-Student Interaction

Adaptable Speaking Activities for Pairs and Groups

Lynn W. Zimmerman

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

17:00-18:00 pm Tashkent time

22:00-23:00 pm Tashkent time

Classmates as Language Learning Allies: Activities to Encourage Student-to-Student Interaction

John Kotnarowski

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

17:00-18:00 pm Tashkent time

22:00-23:00 pm Tashkent time

English Language Fellow: The English Language Fellow Program promotes academic and educational exchanges between countries by sending experienced American Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) on ten-month fellowships to universities overseas. English Language Fellows serve as teachers of English as a foreign language and are involved in teacher training and professional and staff development activities in areas such as methodology, curriculum and textbook design, and English for Specific Purposes. Request forms are accepted year round. (Download Request Form: PDF 170 KB)

English Language Specialist: The English Language Specialist Program sends U.S. academics and professionals in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to work on programs that contribute to the host country’s capacity to teach English. English Language Specialist projects can include intensive workshop presentations, teacher training, needs assessments, material development, curriculum development, and other English capacity building activities. Specialist programs can be carried out over a period lasting from two weeks to up to five months or be comprised of a series of short term visits, supplemented with online or virtual engagement. Request forms are accepted year round. (Download Request Form: PDF 103 KB)

If your institution is interested in hosting the Fellow or the Specialist, and is willing to work with the Public Affairs Section, please contact the RELO or the Public Affairs Section.

The American English website provides resources for teaching and learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL). This website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers’ professional development and for use with students in the classroom. Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.

Features of American English: On this website, you will find a large variety of high-quality resources to learn English, to teach English, and to discover more about American culture.

Downloadable Resources

  • Print and audio publications are available as free downloads.
  • Audio books and song collections may be played directly from the website.
  • Posters can be printed for use as visual aids in the classroom.
  • “Shaping the Way We Teach English” is a multimedia training program for teachers.