Moscow, the capital of Russia, is a huge European city with a population of 17 million people, a well-developed public transportation system, and all the pluses and minuses of living in a capital. There are 4 distinct seasons, but from November till April, it is quite cold and days are short.
Host Institution: Higher School of Economics
Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, the Higher School of Economics (HSE) is a well-established institution. Having rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university over the past 2 decades, HSE sets itself apart with its international presence and its cooperation with more than 50 countries. The faculty, researchers, and students are dedicated to maintaining the highest academic standards. The new HSE Department of Foreign Languages has taken a leading role in curriculum development and language assessment and sets the standards for the rest of the EFL community in Russia. This department was created only 3 years ago to help students of various majors master foreign languages, monitor the efficiency of ELT at HSE, and provide guidelines for English language teaching and learning for students and professors. The department recently initiated new bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in linguistics. The department also runs professional ELT seminars for secondary school and university teachers and is involved in the development of the HSE language Olympiads.
- The Fellow will teach English for Academic Purposes and TESOL methodology to B.A. and M.A. students.
- The Fellow will be involved in ongoing in-service professional development at the host institution. The focus of trainings will be English for Academic Purposes, syllabus design and TESOL methodology.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Work in close cooperation with the Moscow English Language Teachers’ Association, MELTA, and the National Association of Teachers of English (NATE) to help further promote professional development opportunities for instructors and secondary school teachers throughout the city.
- Conduct presentations at the Moscow American Center on American culture and TESOL methodology.
- Travel in the central part of Russia on outreach trips coordinated with local teachers’ associations, the English Language Office (ELO), and Public Affairs Section (PAS) in Moscow.