The Gateway Workshops for English Language Instructors
Supported by the U.S. Embassy in Azerbiajan, these workshops are designed for University and Academy English Language Instructors and will provide an opportunity to learn how to create and integrate effective and productive student-centered classroom activities, adapt activities for your learners, and discuss different types of motivation. The workshops will include some of the following sessions:
- introduction to critical thinking in the classroom;
- student motivation and engagement;
- teaching productive group work; and
- adapting materials for your learners.
Structure of the workshop
In order to receive a certificate, you will be expected to complete all 4 workshops (1 Introduction + 3 Content Workshops).
In addition, you have one content presentation to bring to your school and present to your colleagues. For the presentation, you will receive materials and presentation skills support.
The workshops will be led by professional teacher trainer, English Language Fellow Amy Zhupikov.
20 mid-career English Language Teachers at Azerbaijan Universities and Academies
Baku American Center
The program will be in May-June 2019 and free of charge.
Deadline for application
May 6, 2019
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program
An English Teaching Assistantship places recent college graduates in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English who instruct non-native English speakers. English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) help teach English language while serving as U.S. cultural ambassadors. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities. The program is fully funded by the State Department. ETAs are in-country for one academic year.
- A Fulbright ETA Request Form (PDF 179 KB)
The Host Institution shall identify and secure acceptable housing for the Fellow. The rent will be paid by an ETA. Acceptable housing should include the following minimum features:
• Bedroom, including a bed and bedding
• Bathroom with toilet and bathing facilities
• Kitchen with stove, refrigerator, dishes, utensils, pots, and pans
• Heating, hot water, and a cooling system, i.e. a fan or air conditioner (Internet payment to be made by the ETA).
The Host Institution shall provide both the US Embassy and the ETA a description of identified housing and, if possible, a photograph of its interior within four to six weeks before the expected arrival of the ETA. If the required housing information is not provided four weeks prior to the ETA’s arrival, the Embassy reserves the right to terminate the ETA’s placement and reassign him/her to a different host institution.
The Host Institution shall negotiate with the landlord and provide the ETA with the necessary housing documents that are required for the ETA’s timely registration with the State Migration Service. Should the Host Institution fail to provide these documents, the Embassy reserves the right to terminate the ETA’s placement and reassign him/her to a different host institution.
The Host Institution shall assist the ETA in completing all necessary legal registration with the State Migration Service (SMS), including securing all necessary forms and medical tests and, if requested by the ETA, accompanying the ETA on visits to Azerbaijani government offices and medical centers involved in the registration process.
Prior to ETA’s arrival, the Host Institution shall designate a point of contact on its staff who is responsible for securing housing for the ETA, completing all ETA registration requirements upon arrival, arranging airport transfers for the ETA, and serving as a point of contact for any program-related questions that the ETA may need to ask. This point of contact must be available by phone and e-mail starting two months before the ETA’s arrival and lasting until the ETA’s departure.
The Host Institution shall work with the ETA to identify the ETA’s work load (not to exceed 20 classroom hours per week).
The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to take one of nine innovative, online university-level classes through the University of Oregon.
- Introduce and explore current methodological concepts and issues in the English as a Foreign Language field
- Provide an innovative distance-learning experience that uses the latest technology
- Connect participants with U.S. English language teaching experts and create a professional network of international colleagues
The E-Teacher Scholarship Program is open to non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States. The program is open by nomination only. U.S. Embassies manage the selection and nomination of candidates. The Office of English Language Programs does not accept direct applications.
If you are interested in participating in this program, send an email to our English language specialist,
For more detailed information on currently offered courses and pre-requisites for participation, go to http://exchanges.state.gov/englishteaching/eteacher.html
Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar Course
The Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar Course is hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of English
Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This professional development program for English teachers around the globe addresses methodological topics that foster interactive, student-centered language instruction.
- Participants work with colleagues from around the world to explore key issues in the TESOL field
- Participants discover innovative techniques, up-to-date methodology, and best practices English teaching
- Participants earn an e-certificate of participation
Candidates should be English teachers or teacher trainers dedicated to their own professional development and willing to share their knowledge with colleagues. Qualified candidates should have access to an Internet connection with Flash Media and audio and the ability to type well enough in English to participate in real-time discussions.
How to Apply
The Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar Course is open to candidates worldwide. Interested persons should contact our English language specialist, Zulfiya Shirinova, at ShirinovaZK@state.gov. U.S. Embassies manage the selection and nomination of candidates. The Office of English Language Programs does not accept direct applications.
English Language Fellow Program
Through the English Language Fellow (EL Fellow) Program, highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) participate in 10-month-long fellowships at academic institutions throughout the world.
The EL Fellow Program fosters mutual understanding, promotes English language learning and enhances English teaching capacity abroad. Through projects sponsored by U.S. embassies, EL Fellows share their professional expertise, hone their skills, gain international experience and learn about other cultures. EL Fellows model and demonstrate up-to-date TEFL classroom practices that help foster thoughtful and responsible behavior in students and teachers of English.
To date, more than 1,000 EL Fellows have conducted projects in more than 80 countries. Examples of past EL Fellow projects include: Classroom Teaching, Teacher Training, In-Service and Pre-Service Training, Curriculum Development, Workshop and Seminar Design, Program Evaluation, Needs Assessment, Testing, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).
English Language Specialist Program
The Department of State’s English Language Specialist Program recruits U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL/TESL) and Applied Linguistics to conduct programs overseas ranging from two weeks to four months.
The English Language Specialists assist U.S. Embassies in delivering and maintaining quality English language programs overseas and promoting mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. U.S. embassies identify and define the English Language Specialist assignments, which may include teacher training, curriculum and textbook development or host institution program evaluation. In some cases, digital video conferences or webinars are used to deliver trainings or consultations.
2 weeks – 4 months
English Teaching FORUM Magazine
The English Teaching FORUM magazine is a quarterly journal published by the United States Department of State for teachers of English.
Current and previous issues of FORUM magazine can be accessed online at https://americanenglish.state.gov/forum
The Office of English Language Programs also publishes an electronic journal called the Language and Civil Society Journal which contains content-rich material for language instruction.
For more information please visit: http://americanenglish.state.gov/english-teaching-forum
American English Online
American English Online is a website that provides resources for teaching and learning English and American culture. The website is updated bi-monthly and provides cutting edge resources teachers can easily adapt in their own classrooms or learners can use for self-study.
This website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers’ professional development and for students in the classroom. Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.
English Language Week
Dear English teachers and language learners!
We are happy to announce the US Embassy’s English Language Week which will be held March 1-5. During the week, there will be free lessons and discussions at the American Center by professional English teachers and fun chances to use English and learn about the United States and much more!
All events will take place at the Baku American Center, which is housed on the 1st floor of the Azerbaijan University of Languages, and are open to everyone.
Here’s a complete calendar of events:
English Language Week 2016
Program of Events
TUESDAY March 1
|Workshop for English Teachers||Topic: Focus on Speaking: Simple and Structured Activities to Get Students Talking (This workshop provides teachers with a variety of communicative classroom activities that encourage students to speak and to use the language concepts they are studying)||14:00-15:30||English teachers, aspiring English teachers||Melanie Baker, English Language Fellow|
Presentation by the Regional English Language Officer Topic: Phrasal Verbs: How they Came to English and How to teach them (Phrasal verbs like “go up against,” “make fun of,” and “get along with” are an integral part of English. This presentation describes why English has this form of verb while few other languages do. It also offers strategies for making them more accessible and for bringing in a huge range of activities so that students confidently and thoroughly address phrasal verbs) 16:00-17:30
English teachers, aspiring English teachers, language students Kevin McCaughey, Regional English Language Officer
Presentation by the Regional English Language Officer
|Topic: Phrasal Verbs: How they Came to English and How to teach them (Phrasal verbs like “go up against,” “make fun of,” and “get along with” are an integral part of English. This presentation describes why English has this form of verb while few other languages do. It also offers strategies for making them more accessible and for bringing in a huge range of activities so that students confidently and thoroughly address phrasal verbs)||16:00-17:30||English teachers, aspiring English teachers, language students||Kevin McCaughey, Regional English Language Officer|
|Roundtable: Study Opportunities in the U.S.||Come to learn more about student visas, work and travel program, and study opportunities in the U.S.||17:30 – 18:30||General public, students||Kim Morales, Consular Officer, Amy Petersen, Cultural Affairs Officer, Ramila Verdiyeva, EducationUSA Advisor|
WEDNESDAY March 2
|Workshop for English Teachers||Topic: Engaging Classroom Activities for Vocabulary Development (This workshop includes a brief overview of what research says about the role of vocabulary in second language learning and introduces several vocabulary practice activities for the classroom based on this research)||14:00-15:30||English teachers, aspiring English teachers||Melanie Baker, English Language Fellow|
|Presentation by the Regional English Language Officer||Topic: How to Increase Listening Practice (Teachers will see many ways that they can increase the amount of listening practice available to their students. Participants will engage in half a dozen different listening tasks involving authentic recordings, super short snippets, stories, loop dictations, drawing, and movement. Audios in the session are available for free download online)||16:00 – 17:00||English teachers, aspiring English teachers||Kevin McCaughey, Regional English Language Officer|
|Life Webinar from the Office of English Language Programs, US Department of State||Topic: Cross-Cultural Communication Strategies in the English Language Classroom||17:00 – 18:00||English teachers, aspiring English teachers||Mellissa Mendelson, English Language Specialist|
THURSDAY March 3
|Workshop for English Teachers||Topic: Balancing Fluency and Accuracy: Communicative Grammar Practice Activities (Understanding grammar rules is helpful in learning a language, but being able to use grammar while speaking is necessary for communication! This workshop introduces teachers to classroom activities that encourage students to use grammar in speech)||14:00 – 15:30||English teachers, aspiring English teachers||Melanie Baker, English Language Fellow|
|USA TRIVIA GAME||USA TRIVIA GAME(Test your knowledge of the USA in a fun and relaxed atmosphere! Participants will work in small groups to demonstrate what they know about US geography, history, and culture, and may even learn some new fun facts about the US at the same time)||16:00 – 17:30||Students, general public||Melanie Baker, English Language Fellow (will be the emcee)|
FRIDAY March 4
|Workshop for English Teachers||Topic: Recent Research in Error Correction and Feedback Techniques (Making mistakes is a part of language learning, and teachers have many options of how to respond to student errors. This workshop provides an overview of second language acquisition research on this topic and a discussion of the best error correction and feedback techniques to use in the classroom)||14:00 – 15:30||English teachers, aspiring English teachers||Melanie Baker, English Language Fellow|
|English Around the World Panel||English Around the World Panel (You will meet native English speakers from the U.S., England, Australia, Nigeria, and more and listen to some of the many Englishes that are spoken around the world. Come and see what the differences are!)||15:30-17:00||Students majoring in translation, American studies, linguistics, general public||Melanie Baker,
|“DISCOVER AMERICA” educational program||History of American Song (In this presentation, participants will learn about the evolution of American song in the last 100 years. There will be opportunity to sing along, to learn new expressions and vocabulary, and to learn about U.S. culture)||17:00-18:00||General public, students, teachers||Kevin McCaughey, Regional English Language Officer|
SATURDAY March 5
|Program with kids||11:00-11:45||Pre-school children||Kevin McCaughey, Regional English Language Officer|
|Workshop for English language learners||Creative Writing Workshop (Use English in a fun and creative way! This workshop will introduce participants to a variety of different creative writing activities, give participants a chance to write creatively in English, and end with an opportunity to share writing with other participants)||14:00-16:00||English learners||Melanie Baker, English Language Fellow|
|Movie Night “Spanglish” Runtime: 131 min||Come watch the movie and stay on for an after- screening discussion with Melanie||16:00-18:00||Students, general public||Melanie Baker, English Language Fellow|