The Embassy of the United States in Tashkent is pleased to announce the competition for the 2020 summer term of the AE E-Teacher Scholarship Program.
The American English (AE) E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers English language educators the opportunity to take a university-level professional development courses through various university partners in the United States. All AE E-Teacher courses use the latest in instructional technology to provide participants with an interactive distance-learning experience and are designed to familiarize participating teachers with current methods and issues in the field of English as a Foreign Language. Participants use online tools to participate in discussion boards and complete assignments. Participants who successfully finish the course will receive a certificate of completion from an American University.
We are accepting applications for summer term: classes begin July 7, 2020
Candidates for AE E-Teacher scholarships should be current ELT professionals (teachers who are working with one of the five subjects covered by the courses, teacher trainers, or program administrators). They should be highly motivated individuals who are dedicated to their own professional development and to sharing the knowledge, they will gain with colleagues through workshops or presentations. In addition, candidates must:
- Be a citizen of and reside in Uzbekistan for the entire duration of the AE E-Teacher term;
- Have strong English language reading and writing skills (minimum CEFR B2 or 70 iBT);
- Have regular and reliable access to high-speed internet connection;
- Be willing to spend 10 to 12 hours online each week for the duration of the 8-week course;
- Be willing to be enrolled in a second or third course, if your primary choice is unavailable.
AE E-Teacher Courses:
- Professional Development for Teacher Trainers
This course is designed for both novice and experienced teacher trainers. Participants will develop and polish their skills and knowledge base of evidence-based methods for delivering comprehensive, engaging, and relevant teacher trainings. Learners will be introduced to methods for crafting, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training workshops so they can apply concepts and theories to the production of impactful teacher training in their local contexts.
- Teaching English to Young Learners
This course is designed to introduce participants to the theory and practice of teaching young learners (7-12 years old) and very young learners (under 7) in the EFL classroom. Participants will investigate approaches for teaching language within a meaningful context as well as different techniques for making language input comprehensible and encouraging student participation. They will also look at the major principles that govern language teaching based on all four skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through individual learner-centered activities, virtual collaborations and discussions, and group activities with learning teams, participants in this course will explore various aspects, from theory to practice, of teaching EFL to children.
- Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom
This course is designed to help English language teaching professionals around the world acquire and maintain basic knowledge and skills in technology for professional purposes through hands-on learning. It will help teachers integrate pedagogical knowledge and skills with technology to enhance their language teaching and learning through their reading, discussion, and creation of new learning activities. The course will help participants apply technology in record keeping, feedback, and assessment, and use technology to improve communication, collaboration, and efficiency by participating in online discussion and presentation.
- Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration in an EFL Setting
Exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students engage in authentic situations to develop the ability to navigate across a variety of cultures. This intercultural ability requires language choices and awareness of oneself as a cultural being. It also requires critical thinking skills, which are themselves culturally defined. Using experiential learning as the organizational model, this course will engage participants in analyzing personal experiences, media, EFL textbooks, and classrooms to develop the capacity to think critically about the cultural assumptions and viewpoints embedded in their teaching content and process. After examining themselves as cultural beings and assessing learners’ needs and goals, participants will develop a concrete teaching lesson that reflects their view of teaching critical thinking and intercultural competence in their particular context.
- Teaching Grammar Communicatively
In this practice-oriented course, participants will explore how to adapt grammar instruction to meet their students’ needs. They will also focus on integrating grammar instruction with teaching language skills, varying grammar instruction to meet the needs of large, mixed ability classes, and using available technology effectively to enhance grammar learning inside and outside the classroom. Participants will discuss different challenges their learners may have with learning grammar, and discover how they can help learners use grammar to improve fluency and accuracy.
This course will introduce participants to current methodologies associated with teaching ELLs of different ages in various learning contexts. Over the course of 8 modules, participants will examine the ways in which language teaching has changed since the 20th century, and will compare and contrast traditional and modern language teaching methods. While exploring effective practices for teaching integrated language skills, participants will learn how to create effective and communicative classroom activities using principles of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). Special attention will be paid to identifying the diverse needs of learners, providing effective feedback, and self-assessing one’s own teaching styles.
- Content – based Instruction
Content-based Instruction (CBI) is designed for the many English teachers around the world who are called upon by their institutions to lead CBI courses. This course will aid teachers in prioritizing the relative importance of English learning versus content learning objectives, choosing classroom materials, and deciding how and when to transfer their English teaching techniques to the CBI context. It covers theory on CBI pedagogy and guides participants in preparing lessons and curricula for CBI courses, as well as workshops to share this knowledge with colleagues. Participants will learn CBI-specific methods for every phase of teaching, including syllabus design, lesson planning, materials selection and adaptation, assessment, and feedback.
How to Apply
Interested English language professionals must complete and email their applications (DOC 471 KB) to Tashkent-ELP@state.gov by Friday, April 10, 2020.
Questions about the E-Teacher Program
Please email your questions to: Tashkent-ELP@state.gov with “AE E-Teacher” in the subject line of all emails.