Before becoming an English Language Fellow in Vietnam, Dr. Ramin Yazdanpanah worked at the Center for Intensive English Studies, an IEP at Florida State University. There, Yazdanpanah taught teacher education courses in EFL/ESL, as well as English to ESL students. In addition, he was also working on his doctoral degree with a focus on developing intercultural competence through intercultural and synergetic exchanges between pre-service teachers and ELLs. Like many other Fellows, Yazdanpanah first heard about the program at an annual TESOL International Convention.
Yazdanpanah was selected for a fellowship at Thai Nguyen University in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he partnered with preservice teachers to enhance their TESOL methodology. He connected with his host institution colleagues by sharing meals and green tea, and overcoming the substantial task of planning the regional Viet-TESOL Conference. Yazdanpanah feels the highlights of his fellowship far outweighed the challenges. One such challenge involved learning to design workshops that met the needs of teachers in rural areas of Vietnam with limited resources. His experiences served to build a strong network with his Fellow cohort and his host institution colleagues. Yazdanpanah continues to draw on his experience as a Fellow in his work as a TESOL professional, teacher educator, consultant, entrepreneur, facilitator of intercultural communication, and citizen.