Country: El Salvador
City: San Salvador
El Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. As of 2016, the country had a population of approximately 6.34 million, consisting largely of Mestizos of European and Indigenous American descent. San Salvador is the capital and largest city of El Salvador. It is the country’s political, cultural, educational and financial center. The San Salvador metropolitan area, which comprises San Salvador and thirteen of its surrounding municipalities, is one of the largest urban centers in Central America. The city is home to the Concejo de Ministros de El Salvador, the Legislative Assembly, the Supreme Court, and other governmental institutions, as well as the official residence of the president of the republic. San Salvador is located in the Salvadoran highlands, surrounded by volcanoes and prone to earthquakes.
Host Institution: Centro Cultural Salvadoreno Americano (CCSA)
Centro Cultural Salvadoreno Americano (CCSA) is an autonomous, non-profit educational and cultural institution founded in 1955 and is part of a network of bi-national centers (BNC) in the Western Hemisphere Region. The Institution fosters mutual understanding between the peoples and cultures of El Salvador and the United States. Two major components of the Institution are English language learning and intensive cross-culture dialogue through the different activities that are carried out. CCSA is the first cultural center of its kind and a highly-regarded leader in the teaching of English as a Foreign Language in El Salvador. The Institution offers a variety of English courses to meet the specific needs of children, teens and adults. The Institution also offers a 3-year high school program and a variety of computer courses aimed to teens and young adults. The English Access Microscholarship Program at CCSA takes place in two different locations: San Salvador and San Miguel. In San Salvador the facilities include 69 classrooms, 5 computer labs, 1 English Lab, a cafeteria, a clinic, an auditorium, a public library, and art gallery. In San Miguel, the facilities include 24 classrooms, one computer/English lab, a cafeteria, a public library, and an auditorium. Both locations offer psycho-pedagogic support and are considered priority American Spaces.
- The Fellow will develop assessment tools to evaluate program activities and training of faculty and pre-service teachers in the BNC’s BA in English teaching program.
- The Fellow will work collaboratively with other faculty to strengthen additional courses in teaching methodologies and technologies.
- The Fellow will organize and deliver professional development programs for English teachers and Academic Administrators at BNC San Salvador and San Miguel.
- The Fellow will develop and implement a mentoring and coaching program for in-service and pre-service teachers at the BNC, as determined by the Fellow and the head of the language department.
- The Fellow will assist and advise in active education research at the Instituto Especializado de Nivel Superior (IENS CCSA).
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Support the American Spaces with cultural presentations and be a regular presence for discussions and sharing of culture and ideas with other members of the community.
- Support the English Access Microscholarship Program at the BNC San Salvador and San Miguel with talks about American culture.
- Collaborate with partner universities to organize professional development events for English teachers around the country, specifically targeting teachers working in public schools in El Salvador.
- Promote study abroad opportunities and refer students to the EducationUSA advisor, Fulbright Program POC at American Spaces, or U.S. Embassy representative.