In the heart of the Balkans, Kosovo is the youngest country in Europe. With 70% of the population under 35, it is a young, vibrant nation. Pristina, the capital city where the Fellow will be based, has an official population of around 200,000 inhabitants, but that number swells during the business day to nearly 500,000. Prizren, Kosovo’s southernmost city, is home to several ethnic groups and functions as a multi-ethnic university town. A culturally Muslim country, but very liberal in practice, Kosovo is widely considered to be one of the most pro-American countries in the world, with a U.S. favorability rating of more than 95% of the population. The on-going dispute over Kosovo’s independence from Serbia creates a unique dynamic, especially with the Kosovo-Serb minority population.
Host Institution: University of Prizren “Ukshin Hoti”, English Language and Literature Department
The university was founded in 2010. It is the only public university in Prizren and has about 15,000 students. English and teaching are both popular majors. There is limited internet connectivity on campus, no technology labs, and no A/C in the classrooms. There is a cafeteria serving fast food and drinks. The English Language and Literature Department of the University of Prizren is home to the majority of English language undergraduates in Kosovo. As such, it plays a pivotal role in preparing future English teachers and making an impact on Kosovo’s education system. The Department has a relatively small staff but a large number of students, about 400. The staff of the Department are supportive and they have prior experience with the English Language Fellow program.
- The Fellow will cover two to three linguistic courses per semester, namely: Integrated Language Skills I and II, Applied Linguistics, Creative Writing, Language and Culture, Listening and Speaking skills. Some of the courses may be co-taught with a local full-time professor, while a teaching assistant may help with the practical part.
- The Fellow will work with and coordinate events and activities for English Club Programming for the students of the English department.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Work with English Club programming, provide mentoring, and present workshops/seminars
- Work at the American Corner to offer classes and programs that enhance English language development and provide first-hand access to American society values as well as develop an outreach program to the Prizren community that addresses mutual needs, interests and priorities.