Amman is the capital and most populous city of Jordan, and the country’s economic, political and cultural center situated in north-central Jordan. It is the administrative center of Jordan with a population of over 4 million and a land area of 1,680 square kilometers. Amman is considered to be among the most liberal and westernized Arab cities. It is a major tourist destination in the region, particularly among Arab and European tourists. Areas of Amman have gained their names from either the hills (Jabal) or the valleys (Wadi) they occupy, such as Jabal Lweibdeh and Wadi Abdoun. East Amman is predominantly filled with historic sites that frequently host cultural activities, while West Amman is more modern and serves as the economic center of the city. Amman has a relatively fast growing economy. Moreover, it was named one of the Middle East’s and North Africa’s best cities according to economic, labor, environmental, and socio-cultural factors. Transportation is available and it is easy to commute on a daily basis. Amman has a wide range of restaurants offering local and international food and there are stores with a huge variety of amenities.
Host Institution: Queen Rania Teacher Academy
Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) is an independent non-profit organization committed to the vision of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of empowering educators with the skills, recognition, and support necessary to excel in their classrooms, as well as promoting excellence in teacher education and policy deliberation in Jordan and throughout the region. QRTA was launched in 2009 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and in partnership with Columbia University’s Teachers College (TC), Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC), and the Jordanian Ministry of Education (MoE).
QRTA offers a wide variety of professional development programs to serve educators in Jordan and the region. These programs are specifically designed to address educators’ needs in today’s world. In its effort to continually monitor the progress and advancements in education, QRTA continuously revises its training materials and resources, and they are regularly modified and updated to include the education world’s latest and most effective strategies.
- The Fellow will conduct teacher training for English network teachers in public schools depending on the needs of Queen Rania Teacher Academy and of the English network.
- The Fellow will prepare material for English workshops depending on needed skills and will support implementation in schools for all grades.
- The Fellow will support the design, training and implementation of an Early Grade Reading project in public schools for elementary grades.
- The Fellow will support the English team in any upcoming projects.
- The Fellow will conduct follow up school visits and submit updates and reports after each session.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Develop and deliver short courses on language teaching during the school year and one to two sessions during the Teacher Skill Forum. Prior to the short courses that QRTA conducts, the Fellow is expected to submit materials to the English team at QRTA. In addition, the Fellow should submit a logistics form if necessary and otherwise make sure that technical requirements will be met. Following each training session, brief updates/reports should be submitted to QRTA that include attendance and feedback from participants. The Fellow is encouraged to share any relevant resources that may benefit the QRTA mission of empowering teachers in the classroom. For ESP courses, emphasis is on tourism and business.
- Conduct outreach activities as determined by the Regional English Language Officer.