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Country:  Albania
City:  Elbasan

Albania is a small country in southeastern Europe, with nature that combines a beautiful coastline on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on the west and a breathtaking mountainous landscape on two thirds of the country.  Albania is an increasingly popular tourist destination for visitors from all around the world. It is the home of several archeological sites, with ongoing excavations uncovering the long history of the country’s civilization and rich traditions, and its population is proud of its religious tolerance and the code of Besa (The Promise). History and art museums feature documents and arts and crafts that testify to the ancient history and inherited culture. Butrint Archeological Park, Gjirokaster and Berat Historic Cities, and Iso-Polyphonic Music are on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list.


Elbasan is the third largest city in Albania, located east of the capital of the country, close to major tourist destinations like Korce and Pogradec. Travelers may still decide to choose the long, curvy road through the mountains for its picturesque view, but the new national road will save them almost an hour. Elbasan is well known for its long history in teacher education programs, with the first Normale (teacher training secondary school) founded in 1908, and for its traditional music and unique traditional dishes. The Castle located in the center of the city is one of the largest in the Balkans and remains a residential area.

Host Institution: Aleksander Xhuvani University

Aleksandr Xhuvani University of Elbasan is a leader in teachers’ education. It dates back to the year 1909, when the first National Teachers’ Training High School was opened (Normale), training elementary school teachers for postings throughout Albania. In 1971 it became the Higher Institute for Training Teachers (College) and in 1991 it received the status of University. Elbasan is situated in the middle of Albania and is considered to be the cradle of education. The university has about 13,000 students and 236 academic staff.

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will lecture in the Master of Arts program for pre-service training of the teachers of English as a foreign language.
  • The Fellow will teach/co-teach the Research Methodology course and mentor the student-teachers in writing their course papers and especially in writing their thesis.
  • The Fellow will work with other faculty members to follow-up on the student-teachers during their observations and teaching experience in elementary and high schools.

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Conduct in-service teacher training and further professional development for teachers of English in Elbasan, through practical courses and workshops in the towns of Elbasan Prefecture related to various topics such as teaching English to young learners; teaching grammar and vocabulary; lesson planning; contemporary interactive methods; using Department of State language learning resources, webinars, etc.

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