Country:  Guinea

City: Conakry

 

Guinea is a remarkable country with very warm, genuine people, but little infrastructure. While they have tremendous natural resources available to them (which includes around one half of the world’s reserves of bauxite, and many major gold, jewel, and metal industries), they rate very poorly in the UN’s quality of life index. Guinea is roughly the size of the United Kingdom.

Conakry has a population of approximately 1 million people. Conakry is warm and humid year-round; the ocean keeps the temperatures from soaring. The host institution is located in the suburbs of the capital city, about 30 minutes to 2 hours from downtown, depending on traffic. The host institution will provide a car and driver, and taxis can be relied upon in a pinch, although they are not recommended.

Host Institution: Kofi Annan University

Established in 1996, Université Kofi Annan de Guinée (Kofi Annan University) is a for-profit private higher education institution located in Conakry. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education, Kofi Annan University is a small coeducational higher education institution (enrollment range: 6,000 students). Kofi Annan University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. Kofi Annan University also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aid and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will develop, teach, and co-teach ESP classes that include aspects of American culture for third- and fourth-year English, business, and technology students, using traditional and social media.
  • The Fellow will work with the university’s English teaching staff to improve their English fluency, exchange teaching methods, and provide pedagogical and methodological advice.

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Work with the Guinean English Language Teachers Association (GELTA) to support English teaching professionals in Conakry through seminars, workshops, symposia, and in-service days, and national curriculum implementation guidance.
  • Organize regional workshops in collaboration with GELTA.
  • Work with the Guinean English Language Teachers Association (GELTA) to support English teaching professionals in Conakry through seminars, workshops, symposia, in-service days, and national curriculum implementation guidance.

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