Tashkent is the bustling capital of Uzbekistan. There are several historical museums, art museums, and the Chorsu Bazaar, the largest bazaar in the city. The public transportation system within Tashkent consists of buses, private minibuses (marshrutkas), trolleybuses, trams, taxis, and a metro system. There are several reliable taxi dispatching services in Tashkent. A former Fellow says: “The city is a mixture of the conservative, traditional Uzbek culture as well as the more modern and cosmopolitan vibe of expats from Russia, England, the U.S., and Germany, just to mention a few. There are many restaurants offering plenty of culinary diversity and shopping malls with both Uzbek and some international products.”
Host Institution: Uzbekistan State University of World Languages
The Uzbekistan State University of World Languages (UWL) is one of the largest universities in Uzbekistan. It has eight departments with over 5,000 students. A May 2013 decree designated UWL as the key educational and methodological institute for continuous education of foreign languages. There are three faculties that provide qualifications for a Bachelor of Philology and English Language Teaching degree. English language majors need to have advanced English skills to graduate – Band C1 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). A former Fellow shared, “Uzbek State World Languages University is the premiere university and training center of the country. In addition to the 2-month teacher retraining program for all tertiary teachers, the university also hosts several conferences throughout the year. I am honored to work with so many language enthusiasts. The majority of my students are bright and inquisitive, always eager to improve their language. The teachers and administrators are eager to utilize my knowledge as a native English speaker as well as my expertise in curriculum development in English Language Teaching in the U.S. They take advantage of this by asking me to present teacher trainings on various topics and asking me to be a guest speaker for classes for students that I don’t teach.”
- The Fellow will enhance English speaking and reading courses and improve the speaking and reading skills of the 2nd year undergraduate students majoring in English Language Teaching and Education. According to the PRESETT curriculum developed by the British Council and adopted in Uzbekistan in 2013, speaking should be taught once a week to undergraduate students, so that by the end of Year 2, students should be able to: 1) Understand and speak English; and 2) Read and understand a range of text types to a level approaching Band B2 in the CEFR or 72 scaled points in TOEFL iBT.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Observe English teachers’ classes and provide feedback.
- Assist teachers in compiling course materials for teaching language skills with the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
- Lead a weekly conversation club open to 1st year through 4th year students.