Yerevan is the capital of Armenia. Many foreigners comment that Yerevan reminds them of a small-sized European city, with a population of around one million. The downtown houses a number of outdoor cafes, which stay open between mid-May to late October according to the weather. There are a number of supermarkets where you can shop for food and housing amenities. There are also several malls in the city for clothing and other necessities. The cultural life is vibrant: Yerevan is home to several international festivals in film, documentaries, and theater, and in general the city has a thriving performing arts scene. One of the fastest growing areas is the IT sector. Located in the heart of Armenia, Yerevan’s location allows for regional travel both to the north and south. While the majority of younger people understand and speak English, there is still room for progress. Russian is the foreign language that is most widely understood country-wide. Armenia is a small country, which offers a diverse landscape from high mountains to valleys, from deserts to forests. It offers broad tourism opportunities. The country boasts a 100% literacy rate and education at all levels is considered high quality.
Host Institution: Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University
Russian-Armenian University (RAU) is one of the leading higher education institutions in Armenia. It is operated under the joint authority of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia. While the university language of instruction is Russian and most of its programs come from Moscow State University, the university leadership is highly interested in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy and realizes the importance of a competitive education for their students’ benefit. The number of students is currently around 3,000. The Department of Theory of Language and Multicultural Communication under the Institute of Humanities offers a competitive language teaching program reaching about 10% of the student population. The Department has always been open to cooperating with the U.S. Embassy due to its dean’s forward-thinking approach and emphasis on the importance of U.S. expertise and exposure for RAU’s students and faculty. The university successfully hosted a Fellow in 2007-08 and since then has also cooperated with the Embassy on a U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program. A Fellow placed here can expect a rich work environment, eager students, and support from the faculty.
- The Fellow will teach various aspects of English, with a focus on the smart usage of classroom technologies,incorporating educational technology tools and software programs such as Google drive, YouTube, Screen casting, and Moodle, at the same time introducing American content into the course to the fullest extent possible.
- The Fellow will work with a group of teachers on reviewing and modifying the curriculum of the English department to incorporate the usage of technologies in the classroom.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Conduct workshops at the Yerevan American Corner, as well as the other 4 regional American Corners located in Armenia, and/or facilitate an AE Webinar and a MOOC with a select audience
- Organize and deliver workshops for the local Association of English Language Teachers of Armenia (AELTA)