Built mostly in the 1920s, Dushanbe is a relatively small, well-planned city that is laid out in a grid. Now a city of 778,000, Dushanbe’s central area retains the atmosphere envisioned by the original city planners; it features wide, tree-lined streets and low-rise apartment houses. However, new construction projects are quickly changing the city’s landscape. The focal point for development is a manicured central park dominated by a vast new museum and the world’s tallest flagpole. Around its edges, the city still has plenty of Brezhnev-era apartment blocks.
Rudaki Avenue connects the city north to south and Somoni Avenue runs east to west. Visitors who walk the length of Rudaki Avenue will see almost everything the city has to offer. Traffic has increased in recent years, as has the number of pedestrians. Because of the trees, walking or bicycle riding can be fairly pleasant much of the year, though the experience is complicated by dangerous, erratic drivers.
Host Institution: Tajik State Pedagogical University
Founded during the Soviet era in the 1930s, Tajik State Pedagogical University (TPSU) is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Tajikistan, and it is the primary training location for the country’s English teachers. Officially accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science, TSPU is a co-educational institution with 16 academic departments, of which the English department is among the largest. The approximately 50 English language instructors are separated into three divisions; they teach about 900 students. Following a typical Soviet-era curriculum, students rarely receive assigned readings or writing assignments.
- The Fellow will co-teach English language classes with TSPU instructors; the team approach will include the Fellow doing a combination of direct instruction, lesson observations, and lesson evaluations with feedback.
- The Fellow will conduct at least one in-service ELT training session per month for TSPU teachers and teachers from other Tajik universities. The Ministry of Education and Science hopes to reach at least 100 teachers from other institutions through these in-service training events throughout the year.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Support the Dushanbe American Corner by facilitating language learning and culture-related activities (debate club, discussion groups, etc.)