Specialist Christine Jernigan spent two weeks meeting with key stakeholders from Laotian universities and teacher’s colleges to assess institutional English language capacity across the country. Dr. Jernigan traveled to 10 sites throughout Laos, working with approximately 500 total participants, to gather perspectives on how to support English language teachers and students. After an extensive needs assessment and analysis, Dr. Jernigan offered strategic recommendations for teacher training, materials use and design, and curriculum development. For phase two, Dr. Jernigan will return to Laos to implement key reform initiatives and continue a series of teacher training workshops.
Christine Jernigan holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught language and trained English language instructors abroad, including Celil Immersion School Brazil, the Pan American School of Salvador, and the University of New South Wales in Sydney. At Duke University, she trained ESL/EFL teachers, and also founded and supervised their student internship program.