Specialist Constance Dziombak spent six-weeks in Dushanbe, Tajikistan hosting an English teacher mentor program as part of a professional development program for secondary and university English teachers. Based on a train-the-trainer model, each cohort of teachers received two weeks of workshops designed to develop and enhance their knowledge of English language acquisition and communicative language teaching and learning strategies. Participants developed a mentor plan for their home institutions as well as lesson plans for mentoring their colleagues using key principles and practices from the training. Workshop activities included classroom discussion, group work, reflective journal writing, language learning activities, and planning and demonstrating EFL and teacher mentoring lessons.

Dr. Constance E. Dziombak has 34 years of experience teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and has worked with all age groups and levels from kindergarten through college. She also has extensive experience teaching EFL and graduate TESOL courses and workshops both in the U.S. and internationally in China, Poland, Belarus, Cambodia, Indonesia, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Dr. Dziombak holds an MA TESOL from New York University, and a doctorate in International Educational Development from Columbia University.

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