Highlights from TESOL 2017
The English Language Programs community came together at the 2017 TESOL International Convention in Seattle last month to hear from experts in the field and discuss best practices. The schedule was packed with more than 1,000 educational sessions, including several featuring Fellow Program participants and alumni sharing highlights from their fellowships or post-fellowship endeavors. Our website shares a recap of the festivities and you can view interviews with Fellow alumni on our Facebook page.
Opportunities to Connect with the English Language Fellow Program
English Language Fellow Program representatives will be in Florida and Massachusetts in May presenting at the SSTESOL annual conference (West Palm Beach, FL, May 11-13) and the MATSOL annual conference (Framingham, MA, May 31-June 2). If you are planning to attend either conference, stop by our booth to chat with program staff and alumni about the Fellow Program!
Fellows Making a Difference in the World
English Language Fellows conduct valuable work to enhance English language learning and teaching capacity around the world. Fellow Jennifer Kagawa worked with 30 police officers in Phnom Penh at the National Police Academy in Cambodia to teach English to the police divisions working with tourists, traffic, and public order. Visit our website to find more stories describing the unique work Fellows do to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries.
At this time, more than 90 percent of projects for the 2017-2018 academic cycle are filled, and we expect to fill the remaining projects by the end of this month. If you are a new applicant and would like to be considered for the remaining projects starting this fall, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible here. To get answers to your questions about the English Language Fellow Program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
The application for the 2018-2019 cycle will open in the fall. Make sure to check ourwebsite for program updates and the launch of the next application.
Meet Our Alumni
Living abroad presents many opportunities for personal growth that often initially present themselves as challenges. Alumni Daniel Perez talks about his experience living abroad with his family, including a 9-month-old son. Delia Dunlap discusses how she dealt with gender expectations in a society with different cultural norms in Algeria.
English Language Fellow Alumni Trinidad Hernandez awarded grant related to fellowship
English Language Fellow Alumni Trinidad Hernandez was selected as a winner of the U.S. Department of State Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (TIES)grant competition for small grants up to $10,000. Fellows often get to work on or create projects that go beyond English language teaching. Based on Hernandez’s experience as a Fellow in Sri Lanka, he proposed a project focused on breaking the stigma and silence surrounding health issues. He is using the grant to develop a program that provides young Sri Lankan teachers with tools and strategies to promote more open communication about public health issues. You can read more about Hernandez’s winning proposal here.
What do classrooms look like in different parts of the world? Our community of Fellow participants and alumni recently answered that question by sharing photos of their global classrooms on the English Language Fellow Program Facebook page. Check out this video to see the different types of environments that Fellows experience on assignment, from Cameroon to Kyrgyzstan. How do these classrooms compare to yours? Join the conversation on Facebook!