Osh is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located in the Fergana Valley in the south of the country. It is often referred to as the “capital of the south”. The city has an ethnically mixed population of about 255,800, comprised of Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Russians, Tajiks, and other smaller ethnic groups. The distance between Osh and Bishkek is 301 kilometers. Osh has no railway connections, although the recent upgrading of the long and arduous road through the mountains to Bishkek has greatly improved communications. There are several flights a day between Bishkek and Osh as well. The main transportation in Osh are marshrutkas (fixed route mini-buses) and taxis. Osh features a continental climate with hot, dry summers and cold winters. The mini-buses run to all parts of the city. Osh is full of restaurants and cafes with good and inexpensive food (national and European cuisine). Internet is limited with slow speed.
Host Institution: Osh State University
Osh State University (OSU) is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Kyrgyzstan located in the south of the country. It was established in 1992 on the basis of Osh State Pedagogic Institute which was organized in 1951. Nowadays the university is considered to be one of the leading universities in southern Kyrgyzstan. It is surrounded by great academic and scientific potential (27,000 students, including 1500 international students; 1663 teachers and professors.) The University specializes in law, medicine, education, social work, economics, and international relations. One of the faculties is the Faculty of Foreign Languages, comprised of more than 1000 students and 100 instructors/professors. The faculty also trains teachers and interpreters. Teachers of this university, together with the English Teachers’ Association FORUM, also organize and conduct trainings and workshops for secondary school teachers from remote regions, outside of Osh. Internet is available at the University. The Fellow will be provided with an office and computer.
- The Fellow will teach methodology courses to third and fourth-year students and speaking classes to fourth-year students.
- The Fellow will conduct teacher training workshops for English language teachers and support the design of a new syllabus on methodology.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Conduct teacher training workshops for English language Teachers’ Association and Access teachers in Osh.
- Lead extra-curricular activities at the American Corner in Osh and for the English Access Microscholarship Program.