City: Celaya, Guanajuato
Mexico is a vibrant and diverse country, famous for its traditions, music, gastronomy, and resorts. Its geography and climate are as diverse as its peoples and languages; besides Spanish, there are 68 linguistic groups with over 350 varieties of indigenous languages spoken.
Celaya is the third most populous city in the centrally-located state of Guanajuato. It boasts a population of almost half a million inhabitants. Celaya is famous for caramel but other lines of business include agriculture, commerce, livestock, and the automotive industry. Public transportation is reliable and covers practically all the city, although sometimes it is necessary to wait a while for a bus to come. Taxis and Uber are also available. Celaya has all the conveniences of a city: malls, supermarkets, movie theaters, parks, and traditional markets. The weather is warm and pleasant most of the year; the rainy season lasts from May to September. Celaya is located at a junction of major interstates and federal highways connecting the industrial and commercial cities of Leon, Queretaro, and Salamanca, as well as touristy San Miguel de Allende, which has a large community of American retirees. The capital city of Guanajuato is 1.5 hours by car.
Host Institution: Universidad Tecnologica Laja Bajio
The Technological University Laja-Bajio opened in 2014 using the Bilingual, International, Sustainable (BIS) educational model launched by the Mexican government in 2012. There are currently about 20 BIS universities in Mexico, with a mandate for students to improve their English skills steadily so that in approximately eighteen months’ time they can be taking content area classes fully in English. Most students will graduate with an Associate’s Degree after two years, but the option is open to pursue an undergraduate degree by studying two more years. The university serves a community of around 500 students and offers majors in mechatronics, human resources, and international business.
Students come from public schools and usually lack critical thinking skills as well as academic writing skills and effective study habits. Sadly, most teachers do not address these needs.
- The Fellow will direct language instruction to mixed-ability classes of college students in the 4 skills, grammar, and vocabulary.
- The Fellow will conduct professional development opportunities for faculty involving Content-based Instruction, TESOL methods and Techniques, and Instructional Technology (CALL).
- The Fellow will provide direct language instruction to faculty in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and 4 Skills, Grammar, and Vocabulary.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Lead relevant extra-curricular activities involving American culture, studies, and/or literature, as well as organize relevant cultural events.