Lucknow is the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Because of its rich historical past and nawabi heritage, Lucknow attracts many domestic tourists. Lucknow sits at a major junction of the Indian Railway’s Northern zone and is well-connected with all major cities in the country. By road, it is well-connected through National Highways with Delhi, Kanpur, Agra, Allahabad, Varanasi and Dehradun. Regular bus services are available from all these places to Lucknow. In the city, it is easiest to get around by auto rickshaws and private cabs as public transportation can be very crowded. Lucknow is best known for hand embroidery (popularly known as chicken embroidery) and kebabs. In terms of shopping facilities, open markets are more common than air-conditioned malls. Recently, a new metro system was launched. Lucknow has a humid subtropical climate with mild, dry winters from mid-November to February and dry, hot summers from late March to June. The rainy season is from July to mid-September. Since the city does not have an expat population, the Fellow will get a lot of attention, but people are generally very polite and welcoming.
Host Institution: Amity University
Amity University in Lucknow is one of the leading private universities in India. The university offers a variety of graduate and postgraduate programs in diverse disciplines. Through a variety of social and educational initiatives, Amity University aims at promoting equitable social development. It was one of the first private universities to reserve seats for students from underserved communities in India, and the university offers a number of scholarships to support education of such students. The university has a huge campus spread over 40 acres of land, and modern infrastructure with computer labs, a well-equipped library, amphitheater, and an on-campus hostel for students. The work culture of the institute is formal and the staff is friendly. The students at the university largely come from the state of Uttar Pradesh, which is known as the ‘Hindi heartland.’ RELO New Delhi has organized three ELT conferences in collaboration with the university, and they have hosted several successful Specialist programs.
- The Fellow will teach communication skills classes to undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines who have secured admission through the reservation (i.e., quota) system. These students traditionally belong to underrepresented groups in India and need additional support learning English for Academic Purposes to improve their chances of successfully completing their content-area studies.
- The Fellow will teach verbal communication in various social, academic, and business situations, with an emphasis placed on making effective presentations.
- The Fellow will conduct periodic workshops/training for various academic departments on the topics of resume writing, professional emails, and interview skills.
- The Fellow will need to develop syllabi, lesson plans, and materials for the Intensive English Program and/or a regular EAP course.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Support the English Access Microscholarship program in Lucknow by conducting workshops on content-based instruction, TESOL methodology, and American culture.
- Develop content for EAP courses and train teachers on how to implement it.
- Continue work with the 25-hour program on professional communication skills for employees of the Lucknow metro system on the topics of report writing, addressing public grievances, and communicating with external agencies like police, medical and fire services.