Santiago is Chile’s capital city, with a population of over 7 million inhabitants. It is a modern city, and the cultural, political and financial center of the country. It is 1.5 hours away from the coast and the mountains, with easy access by car and plenty of transportation. The city outskirts are surrounded by vineyards. The weather is generally mild. In winter, smog is an issue because Santiago is surrounded by mountains. The Chilean executive and judicial powers are located in Santiago but Congress meets mostly in nearby Valparaiso. Over the last few years the immigrant population from Central American countries and Peru has increased considerably, so Santiago is now a much more diverse and multicultural city than before. Only 4% of the population speaks English so the government is making significant efforts to try to improve the situation by strengthening English teaching in public schools and providing teacher training opportunities.
Host Institution: Ministry of Education’s English Opens Doors Program
English Opens Doors is a Ministry of Education program created in 2003 that implements and supervises training for public school English teachers around the country. Education in Chile is going through a process of change and improvement by the current educational reform, which mainly seeks to improve quality in education focusing on strengthening Parent-Teacher-Student Associations/Communities through different strategies such as collaborative work among teachers and continuous professional development. English is a priority in the capital as well as in regions, and several initiatives have been developed to promote the use of English in school communities.
- The Fellow will support and train English teachers from the public sector in 4 Skills, grammar, vocabulary, TESOL methods and techniques, and materials development.
- The Fellow will provide class observations, carry out workshops, and offer situated pedagogical support and feedback.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Support Embassy programs such as bi-national Centers, American Corners, the English Access Microscholarship Program, universities, and conversation clubs.