The host institution is located in a famous ethnic locality noted for its clean and peaceful environment in the southern part of the capital city. The weather is moderate throughout the year; however, in the winter the temperature can drop to 3-4 degrees Celsius. There are markets around the host institution, but there is also a chain supermarket a 15 minutes’ drive away. The Kathmandu airport is approximately an hour’s drive away. Regular public transportation is available from 5 am to 8 pm and car hire is available 24 hours a day. There are good hospitals and clinics.
Host Institution: Tribhuvan University and NELTA
Tribhuvan University was established in 1959 and was the only university in Nepal until 1990. As a result, the current leaders in almost every field are products of this university. The university is the biggest university in Nepal and ninth in the world in terms of student enrollment. This university offers more than 2100 undergraduate programs and more than 2000 post-graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines. It also has four research centers and five institutes. More information about the university is available at http://tribhuvan-university.edu.np/about-us/. Though this is the biggest university, it has been struggling to implement the latest educational technology in student and exam management systems. The university campus is located in a very pristine natural environment but has only a very basic canteen and bookshops. The university campus is a 15-minute drive from the American Space-iHUB, a 45-minute drive from the U.S. Embassy and a 20-minute drive from famous tourist and/or expat spots.
The Fellow, as part of secondary duties, may work with Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA). NELTA is one of the best teacher associations in South Asia having almost more than 6000 members throughout the country. Currently it has 50 (operational) branches, covering almost 70% of the country, and 4-5 other branches are in the process of getting recognition. NELTA organizes an international conference each year in February where almost 1000 participants convene from all over the country and from more than 25 countries. NELTA is planning to start seven regional / federal centers across the country and to organize regional conferences and teacher training. NELTA, with other important institutions, is working with the Nepalese government to develop (English) language policy for the academic institutions The NELTA Office is located behind the U.S. Embassy. More information about NELTA is available on their site at http://www.nelta.org.np/
- The Fellow will teach regular classes to pre-service teachers at the University Campus. Possible classes that the Fellow may teach include: Second Language Acquisition, Phonetics & Phonology, Linguistics in Application, Readings, in English, Readings in Literary Genres, Research Methodology, English Usage and Use, Critical Discourse Analysis, Teacher Development, ELT Pedagogy and Materials, ELT Research and Testing. Grammar for Teachers, ELT Seminar Paper.
- The Fellow will also conduct academic writing and professional development classes for the university’s in-service teachers.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Conduct in-service teacher training at NELTA Branches.
- Support the English Access Microscholarship Program by visiting classes and activities.