Country:  Uzbekistan
City: Namangan

A former Fellow writes:  “Namangan is the third largest city in Uzbekistan and one of the more traditional ones as well. Traditional religious values predominate the culture in areas of family life, marriage, and gender roles. Uzbek is the only language used, although Russian is understood by most adults. English is the most studied second language and therefore understood by many children and adolescents. Namangan may lack the historical sites, night life, or international presence that are common in the capital and tourist cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, but the people of Namangan are very friendly and curious. I have asked for outrageous favors from locals which were granted in a heartbeat, and I have never had any difficulties having my needs met. Namangan is the commercial hub of an otherwise agricultural valley, so there are many bucolic destinations within driving distance. However, being tucked away in the Fergana Valley means access to the rest of the country is limited. The lifestyle in Namangan is a quiet one but an easy one as well. Amenities are readily come by, intra-city transportation is easy to figure out, and there are over 300 days of sunshine a year. There are also many places around town to eat traditional Uzbek food. Fluctuations in power, water, and Internet supply are typical of any developing region. The uneventful and quiet nature of the city makes Namangan perfect for introverts or people looking to spend their weekends writing a novel.”

Host Institution: Namangan State University

Namangan State University (NamSU) was established in 1942 and it currently hosts about 6,000 students across five faculties, including 23 departments. NamSU offers 27 BA degrees and 13 MA degrees. There are about 40 teachers and over 800 undergraduate students in the English Philology faculty. The faculty are friendly and helpful; the students are professional and motivated.

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will teach writing courses to first year undergraduate students studying to be English teachers, following the PRESETT curriculum developed by the British Council and adopted in Uzbekistan in 2013. Students should also acquire an understanding of how to adapt appropriate writing styles to various audiences.

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Conduct weekly academic writing workshops for university faculty
  • Lead a weekly academic writing club open to all students.

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