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City:  Ramallah

Ramallah is a Palestinian city in the central West Bank located 6 miles north of Jerusalem at an average elevation of 2,890 feet above sea level. It currently serves as the administrative capital of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Ramallah has a Muslim majority population with Christians making up a significant minority. This area enjoys a Mediterranean climate of dry summers and mild, rainy winters with occasional snowfall. Ramallah is generally considered the most affluent and cultural, as well as the most liberal, of all Palestinian cities, and is home to a number of popular Palestinian activists, poets, artists, and musicians. It boasts a lively nightlife, with many restaurants, bars, and discotheques. Taxis, both private and shared, are the best means of transportation inside and outside the city. Travel to Jerusalem and to other areas of the West Bank will require travel through Israeli government administered check points. Fellows traveling through check points should travel with their passports at all times.

Host Institution: Al-Quds Open University

Al-Quds Open University was founded in 1991 and is a pioneer institution in the Arab world using open and blended learning to keep up with international advances in technology and education. Since its establishment, over 56,000 students have benefited from the university’s educational system. Al-Quds Open University includes seven faculties (Educational Sciences, Administrative and Economic Sciences, Technology and Applied Sciences, Social and Family Development, Agriculture, Media, and Arts) and a Faculty of Graduate Studies with two Master’s Degrees in Arabic Literature, and Psychological & Educational Counseling. Al-Quds Open University conducts most of its classes using e-Learning curriculum; however, some standard classroom courses are also held in various locations throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem. The university has a media department with its own channel that they would like to offer in English as well.

Primary Duties:

  • The Fellow will offer English training courses to Al-Quds Open students.
  • The Fellow will provide capacity building to teachers of English in new English teaching methodologies (including e-learning techniques) and curriculum development.
  • The Fellow will assist the Al-Quds Open Media Department with media English.

Secondary Duties:

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Provide English conversation classes and other cultural activities at America House Ramallah that will have a strong American subject-matter component

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