The English Language Specialist Program is a U.S. Department of State (DOS) public diplomacy initiative in which experts in the field of English language education lead intensive English language projects that are designed by Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies around the world to respond to local needs.
English Language Specialists exchange knowledge, build capacity, and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities in the United States and overseas. English Language Specialists work with universities, teacher-training institutions, ministries of education, bi-national centers, and other English language education institutions.
The English Language Specialist Program supports between 150-200 in-country and virtual Specialist projects each year. Our Specialists have worked with communities in more than 80 countries across Africa, the Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Eurasia, South Asia, and the Middle East. The projects are challenging, and the teachers who are chosen represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community.
Depending on local needs and circumstances, English Language Specialist projects can include in-country activities overseas, virtual activities, or a combination of both. The length of in-country projects ranges from 10 working days to three months. The length of virtual projects varies from project to project.
The English Language Specialist Program strongly encourages the participation of new Specialist candidates. As of January 2020, Specialists will be eligible for one project per calendar year. That is 1-1-1: one Specialist – one project – one calendar year. For this new policy, multi-phase and multi-country projects will count as one project. This policy includes all project types (in-country, mixed, and virtual).