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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).

Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program

The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program is open to non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States. For Global Online Courses, the program is open by nomination only. Interested English language professionals should contact the Public Affairs section of their local U.S. Embassy or their Regional English Language Office for up-to-date information. U.S. Embassies manage the selection and nomination of candidates. The Office of English Language Programs does not accept direct applications.

The OPEN Program Courses are freely open for any interested participants. For more information about the OPEN Program, please visit the OPEN Program website https://www.openenglishprograms.org/.

Candidates should be highly motivated teachers, teacher trainers, or ministry officials who are both dedicated to their own professional development and willing to share their knowledge with colleagues. Qualified candidates should:

  • Be a citizen of and reside in the nominating country at the time of the course
  • Not hold dual citizenship in the United States
  • Have the ability to complete academic work at a U.S. university level (CEFR  approximately B2)
  • Have at least 8-10 hours per week to devote to coursework
  • Have regular access (4-5 times per week) to a reliable, internet-enabled device
  • Have an understanding of English technical terms
  • Have basic technology skills related to creating usernames and passwords, using credentials to log in to secured websites, using email, searching the internet, and accessing  and managing electronic files (e.g., pdf, MS Word, Excel), including downloading and uploading files.
  • Have the ability to type in English well enough to participate in online discussions and submit written assignments in a timely manner

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.