Parpiev School in Kyrgyzstan recently celebrated national “I Love English Week.” English Language Fellow Andrew Shannon traveled to the Kyrgyzstan suburb Kolhoz Kalinin during this celebratory week to present information on US government programs available to local secondary English teachers.
Participating teachers came from schools all over the suburban region to attend Shannon’s presentation. Teachers learned about the opportunity of participating in the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) programs.
Both students and teachers asked questions about US government educational programs like these and American school culture in general. “Positive feedback from teachers was strong. Most of them were not familiar with the possibility of ongoing professional development through a US exchange program,” Shannon said.
Parpiev School students also performed dances to songs they learned from American English’s Children’s Songs collection.