English Language Programs

The English Language Programs (ELP) is a public diplomacy initiative that sends highly trained and qualified TESOL professionals to work at academic institutions around the world. The U.S. Department of State sponsors this program. Participants teach English, train teachers, develop academic and cultural programs, and much more.

Program Details

Through projects set up by U.S. embassies, program participants work directly with teachers, students, and education professionals across the globe. ELP participants not only teach English and train local teachers, but also develop academic and cultural exchange projects that have a lasting impact on the communities in which they live and work.

Through the English Language Programs, thousands of educators have gone to over 80 countries around the world for short or long term assignments. Program participants have served in countries across Africa, the Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Eurasia, South Asia, and the Middle East. The quality and global reach of the projects make these programs one of the most unique and prestigious opportunities available to TESOL professionals.

CIED has administered this initiative since 2005. Learn more about the English Language Programs at www.elprograms.org.

Case Studies

Mark Dorr

“The English Language Programs had an exceptionally large impact on me. I might be doing the same work that I’m doing right now, but I would not be doing it the same way. I had such varied, deep, and rich experiences."

Emily Ferlis

“It was such a unique experience, I was able to engage in training teachers in a way that I think would be very difficult to do here. Being a Fellow definitely impacted my career and helped put me into the position to do what I’m doing now.”

“It was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. First it changed my perception of the world, then it changed my perception of myself as an educator, and finally it changed my perception of myself and a person.”

Ed Leffew, English Language Fellow

Related News


CIED’s English Language Fellow Devon Jancin lives in Central Java, a traditional, densely populated and predominantly Muslim part of Indonesia, where she is an instructor in the English Education Department at the Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Salatiga. Jancin lives less than a mile from campus, and begins each weekday morning with a walk down a hill amid lush green rice paddies. As part of her primary fellowship duties, Jancin teaches four Speaking for Academic Purposes classes to 145 undergraduate students who are in the English teacher training department.


Over the course of two weeks, English Language Specialist Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda connected with hundreds of English as a Second Language educators who traveled from around Turkey to attend his conference presentations and professional development workshops in four different cities on the topics of academic writing and student motivation. Matsuda’s first stop was the 10th International ELT Research Conference in Antalya in which he delivered a plenary address entitled, “Less is More: How to Minimize Workload and Maximize Student Learning.”