Uruguay is a small country between Argentina and Brazil with 3.4 million inhabitants. The capital, Montevideo, is where the Fellow will be based. It is relatively safe and easy to navigate by bus, taxi, Uber, bicycle, or just walking. Many lifestyle options can be found in Montevideo, from the world-class beaches and cosmopolitan feel of the city to the quiet and relaxing countryside. There are a wide range of restaurants to choose from and very good quality supermarkets can be found throughout the city. Uruguay’s infrastructure boasts fast internet speed at a very low cost compared to the regional average. There is internet connectivity throughout the country, although it is weaker in rural areas. There are currently many Americans living in Uruguay and the number is increasing.
Host Institution: National Administration of Public Education (ANEP) – Office of Languages Policies
The National Administration of Public Education (ANEP) is the lead institution for education in Uruguay. It does not fall under the authority of the Ministry of Education, but under a council called CODICEN (Consejo Directivo Central). CODICEN is the highest authority in terms of program development, administration, and policies for public education in Uruguay. ANEP is responsible for all curriculum and teacher development at the public and private level.
Politicas Linguisticas at ANEP is the department that oversees and coordinates all English-teaching efforts at the 4 levels of education that ANEP coordinates: primary education, secondary education, vocational education, and teacher training. The head of this department is a recent Fulbrighter with a PhD in Education Psychology from Northern Illinois University who works in the office with 2 English language specialists. There is internet connectivity in the office and it is located in the center of town, with easy access to all means of transportation, amenities, and restaurants.
- The Fellow will collaborate with the National Administration of Public Education (ANEP) Languages Director in their process of universalization of teaching English as a Foreign Language in elementary schools in Uruguay, especially rural schools where English programs don’t often exist.
- The Fellow will help lead a team of e-coaches, mentors, and department assistants to deliver teacher trainings, presentations, and workshops to Rural Classroom Teachers of English (RCTE). This will involve planning thematic units, developing class lessons, and designing materials.
- The Fellow will visit schools with different modalities of teaching EFL to observe, peer-teach and give suggestions for improvement.
- The Fellow will participate in monthly online meetings with teachers from the provinces and provide online feedback and guidance.
- The Fellow will participate in research, intervention, and/or training with the Director of ANEP “Politicas Linguisticas”.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Participate in conversation clubs and offer presentations to public secondary school English teachers.
- Help the Politicas Linguisticas office in the editing and revision of materials and thematic units.
- Attend and participate in English Camps for RCTE and any other ANEP or Embassy English program initiative.
- Participate and offer presentations/lectures at conferences and seminars on the inclusion and improvement of English language teaching and learning, including delivering a workshop on rural education for the “11th Foreign Languages Forum” to be held on October 12 and 13, 2018.
- Submit a final report detailing accomplishments during residency (e.g., diagnostics, established connections, written publications, research conducted, observed classes and recommendations).
- Mentor and offer training workshops for host-institution teachers on topics such as task-based learning, lesson planning, second language acquisition, managing diverse multi-level classes, integrating the 4 language skills, student-centered approaches, and material adaptation.
- Support the English Access Microscholarship program, participate in English camps, conversation clubs, and visit with students/teachers as needed.