Fellows primarily work with individuals for whom English is a foreign or a second language. As English language teachers, most Fellows teach undergraduate and graduate students, as well as pre-service or in-service professionals. A typical work week for a Fellow includes up to 20 classroom contact hours and 10 hours of class preparation and planning, plus time for additional activities. As a guest faculty member, Fellows also fulfill all professional obligations of their host institution, which may include conducting workshops, attending staff meetings, thesis advising, maintaining office hours for consultation, and peer evaluation.
English Language Fellows leave a lasting impact on the communities they serve that goes far beyond teaching English skills. Living and working alongside local residents allows for cultural exchange and personal connections that couldn’t happen without the commitment of our Fellows. Whether teaching students about American sports or holidays, sharing recipes with colleagues, or even just shopping in the local market, Fellows foster a greater understanding of American culture and values.
In addition to teaching regularly scheduled courses, Fellows may take on other secondary activities as determined by the U.S. Embassy in the country of assignment. These activities may include, but are not limited to:
- instructions in ESP or EAP areas
- extracurricular activities for English clubs, American Spaces, etc.
- curriculum and materials development
- testing and evaluation
- textbook analysis
- needs assessment
- teacher training (pre-service and in-service)
- summer camps
- outreach activities for educational institutions and professionals in the local community
- English Access Microscholarship Program activities (in countries where this program is present)
Fellows may be asked to collaborate with other Fellows or U.S. Government grantees (Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, Peace Corps volunteers, etc.) to coordinate activities and other programs. These activities may take place at sites outside of the assigned host institution. All fellowship duties will not exceed 40 hours per week and must not include administrative work for the host institution.
Fellowship duties vary from project to project and may include some but not all of the activities described above. Eligible applicants will receive an actual project description of the fellowship assignment they have been matched to before they are placed on a roster. To read sample projects and stories, click here.