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English Language Programs

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program

Program Description

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.

Host’s Responsibilities
  1. 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:
    1. Bedroom, including a bed and bedding
    2. Bathroom with toilet and bathing facilities
    3. Kitchen with stove, refrigerator, dishes, utensils, pots, and pans
    4. Heating, hot water, and a cooling system, i.e. a fan or air conditioner (Internet payment to be made by the ETA).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The Host Institution shall work with the ETA to identify the ETA’s work load (not to exceed 20 classroom hours per week).

E-Teacher Program

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.

E-Teacher courses:

  • 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.

Program Benefits
  • 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 (EL 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).

Program Length

10 months

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.

Program Length

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.