Georgetown University CIED, the administrator of the U.S. Department of State’s English Language Programs, recently participated in the TESOL 2015 International Convention and English Language Expo in Toronto, Canada, from March 25-28. As the largest organization focused exclusively on English language teaching for speakers of other languages, TESOL brought together more than 5,600 educators at all levels from across the United States and around the world.
At the TESOL convention, CIED staff coordinated an exhibit booth inside the Expo Hall. Working alongside former Fellows and Specialists and Department of State personnel, they shared information about opportunities to travel abroad and promote English language learning through the English Language Programs. They were also joined by Regional English Language Officers (RELOs) and RELO Assistants representing U.S. Embassies around the globe to answer questions about Fellow and Specialist project assignments. The booth provided opportunities to interact with participants and hand out informational brochures, post it note pads, moleskin notebooks, bags, and other materials for teachers.
CIED staff also hosted two informational sessions about the Fellow and Specialist Programs. Each session offered an overview of the program before splitting participants into small groups based on their interest in the Fellow or Specialist programs. The small groups benefitted from the input of former Fellows and Specialists and RELOs who shared their experiences and perspectives on what it’s like to work, live, and teach abroad. The presentation is available as a recording from a previous series of webinars hosted last fall to share program details.
The English Language Programs send highly trained and talented teachers of English as a second language (TESOL) to countries around the world to support U.S. Embassy education initiatives and promote cross-cultural understanding. Through a cooperative agreement with Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development, the program has sent thousands of educators on short and long term assignments to more than 80 countries around the world.
The English Language Programs is a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy initiative that sends highly trained and qualified TESOL professionals to work at academic institutions around the world. Program participants teach English, train teachers, develop academic and cultural programs, and much more.