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 John Scacco: RELO-Astana@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Submissions: English Teaching Forum accepts submissions of previously unpublished articles from English teachers, teacher trainers, and program administrators on a wide variety of topics in second/foreign language education, including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 2019 spring term of the AE E-Teacher Scholarship Program.

Program Overview

The American English (AE) E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers English language educators the opportunity to take a university-level professional development courses through various university partners in the United States. All AE E-Teacher courses use the latest in instructional technology to provide participants with an interactive distance-learning experience, and are designed to familiarize participating teachers with current methods and issues in the field of English as a Foreign Language. Participants use online tools to participate in discussion boards and complete assignments. Participants who successfully finish the course will receive a certificate of completion from an American University.

We are accepting applications for spring term: classes begin April 2019 and end May 2019.

Requirements

Candidates for AE E-Teacher scholarships 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 AE E-Teacher 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.

AE E-Teacher Courses:

  • Professional Development for Teacher Trainers

This course is designed for both novice and experienced teacher trainers. Participants will develop and polish their skills and knowledge base of evidence-based methods for delivering comprehensive, engaging, and relevant teacher trainings.  Learners will be introduced to methods for crafting, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training workshops so they can apply concepts and theories to the production of impactful teacher training in their local contexts.

  • Teaching English to Young Learners

This course is designed to introduce participants to the theory and practice of teaching young learners (7-12 years old) and very young learners (under 7) in the EFL classroom. Participants will investigate approaches for teaching language within a meaningful context as well as different techniques for making language input comprehensible and encouraging student participation. They will also look at the major principles that govern language teaching based on all four skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through individual learner-centered activities, virtual collaborations and discussions, and group activities with learning teams, participants in this course will explore various aspects, from theory to practice, of teaching EFL to children.

  • Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom

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.

  • Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration in an EFL Setting

Exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students engage in authentic situations to develop the ability to navigate across a variety of cultures. 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.

  • Teaching Grammar Communicatively

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 to 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.

  • TESOL Methodology

This course will introduce participants to current methodologies associated with teaching ELLs of different ages in various learning contexts. Over the course of 8 modules, participants will examine the ways in which language teaching has changed since the 20th century, and will compare and contrast traditional and modern language teaching methods. While exploring effective practices for teaching integrated language skills, participants will learn how to create effective and communicative classroom activities using principles of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). Special attention will be paid to identifying the diverse needs of learners, providing effective feedback, and self-assessing one’s own teaching styles.

  • Content – based Instruction

Content-based Instruction (CBI) is designed for the many English teachers around the world who are called upon by their institutions to lead CBI courses. This course will aid teachers in prioritizing the relative importance of English learning versus content learning objectives, choosing classroom materials, and deciding how and when to transfer their English teaching techniques to the CBI context. It covers theory on CBI pedagogy and guides participants in preparing lessons and curricula for CBI courses, as well as workshops to share this knowledge with colleagues. Participants will learn CBI-specific methods for every phase of teaching, including syllabus design, lesson planning, materials selection and adaptation, assessment, and feedback.

How to Apply
Interested English language professionals must complete and email their applications (DOC KB) to Tashkent-ELP@state.gov by Monday, January 7, 2019.

Questions about the E-Teacher Program

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

The American English team is pleased to offer American English Live: Teacher Development Series 4. 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 January 9 – March 20, 2019.  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@elprograms.org.

Here is the link for registration: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4674318/American-English-Live-Teacher-Development-Series-4-Registration.

Monthly Themes

*Presentation titles and confirmed presenter names coming soon!

Session Dates

 

 

Increasing Learner Motivation

Wednesday, January 9, 2018

18:00-19:00 pm Tashkent time

11:00-12:00 pm Tashkent time

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

18:00-19:00 pm Tashkent time

11:00-12:00 pm Tashkent time

 

 

Content-based Instruction

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

18:00-19:00 pm Tashkent time

11:00-12:00 pm Tashkent time

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

18:00-19:00 pm Tashkent time

11:00-12:00 pm Tashkent time

 

 

Communicative Grammar Teaching

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

18:00-19:00 pm Tashkent time

11:00-12:00 pm Tashkent time

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

17:00-18:00 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.