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AE E-Teacher Summer 2019

The Regional English Language Office (RELO) at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad under American English E-Teacher program is offering 14 scholarships to English language teaching professionals from Pakistan to participate in a eight-week online course offered by American Universities. 

The American English E-Teacher Program offers 8-week, online university-level courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) developed by U.S. educational institutions.

Courses Available

  • Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom 
  • Critical Thinking in the Classroom
  • Teaching Grammar Communicatively
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Content Based Instruction
  • TESOL Methodology
  • Professional Development for Teacher Trainers

When do the classes start?

Classes for the main course will begin from June 25, 2019. However, all participants will be required to complete a mandatory orientation course starting from May 20, 2019. 

Who can apply?

 Candidates must:

  • Be an in-service English language professional
  • Have strong English language reading and writing skills (minimum 525 TOEFL, 70 iBT, or CEFR B2)
  • Be a citizen of Pakistan
  • Be living in Pakistan for the entire duration of the AE E-Teacher term
  • Have regular and reliable access to high-speed internet connection
  • Be able 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

Alumni of AE online courses are ineligible to apply for this opportunity. 

To apply, please fill in the online application and submit no later than 5 p.m. (Pakistan Standard Time) on March 15, 2019. 

Online application can be found here: Online Application” (<– click here)

If you have difficulty accessing the hyperlink mentioned above for online application, please visit https://goo.gl/forms/5AQiIJjzOZ4whD6M2 

Questions? Contact us: eteacher@evolution.com.pk or +92 300 2008575

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Teaching Grammar Communicatively

This course is delivered by World Learning- SIT Grad Institute

Course overview

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 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.

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes

By the end of the eight-week course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand key issues concerning grammar acquisition;
  • Incorporate effective approaches and techniques of presenting and practicing grammar into regular teaching;
  • Plan communicative grammar lessons for large, mixed ability classes;
  • Monitor, evaluate and improve grammar lessons;
  • Give effective feedback to students;
  • Use available technology to enhance grammar learning.

Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting

This course is delivered by World Learning- SIT Grad Institute

Course overview

Exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students engage in authentic situations to develop the ability to navigate across a variety of cultural. 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.

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes

By the end of the eight-week course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the dimensions of culture and critical thinking as they pertain to teaching in their context;
  • Develop an increased understanding of critical thinking, experiential learning, and intercultural learning skills and the connections between them;
  • Further develop their ability to learn and teach intercultural competence and critical thinking by applying observation, inquiry, multiple perspective analysis, and self-reflection to their exploration of cultural phenomena;
  • Further develop their ability to learn and teach intercultural skills of active listening and empathy;
  • Critically analyze EFL textbooks’ treatment of culture;
  • Develop their own assumptions about the teaching of culture in their context;
  • Create lesson plans which integrate cultural learning and critical thinking;
  • Reflect on, and critically analyze, their lessons.

Content-Based Instruction

This course is delivered by World Learning

Course Overview

This course is designed for teachers who are already teaching — or are preparing soon to teach – content-based instruction (CBI) courses in English. CBI courses present teachers with the challenge of balancing the teaching of both language and content. The ideal way to strike this balance will differ, depending on the teaching context. This course is intended to help its participants meet those challenges by guiding participants through a series of practical, hands-on activities, which are supported by the necessary background and theoretical information, to prepare participants for future decision-making and problem-solving in the area of CBI.

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will

  • Be able to identify the characteristics of successful CBI programs
  • Be able to explain major methodologies and techniques of CBI teaching
  • Formulate clear learning objectives for CBI lessons and courses
  • Plan CBI lessons that both
    • help maximize students’ content learning and
    • promote English language learning
  • Know ways of analyzing and adjusting task difficulty so as to make lessons that are at an appropriate level for students who are learning content taught in their second language (L2)
  • Be able to analyze the usability of teaching resources and adapt them for use in their own CBI courses
  • Be familiar with techniques that help language teachers learn and teach content competently
  • Be equipped to make in-the-moment decisions about when and how to provide explicit language instruction in CBI classes
  • Have strategies for collaborating with colleagues for professional development and to make their CBI courses a success

Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom

This course is delivered by Iowa State University

Course Overview

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.

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes

By the end of the eight-week course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and how technology affects language teaching in the 21st century;
  • Use strategies to develop vocabulary growth through social media
  • Identify appropriate grammar activities that include opportunities for learners to discover, analyze, and produce grammatical structures as part of tasks that encourage learner interaction;
  • Use methods for selecting and adapting appropriate reading texts for accomplishing particular language learning goals;
  • Understand how to teach writing through CALL by selecting appropriate model texts, showcasing technology supported help options, considering the audience for writing activities, and developing writing strategies; • Understand how to select and adapt existing listening resources on the Internet to address language learning objectives;
  • Select CALL materials that teach speaking skills and focus on the sounds and accents that are relevant for their learners;
  • Develop teaching units that incorporate one or more of the technologies learned throughout the course.

Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)

This course is delivered by George Mason University

Course Overview

Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) is exciting online course is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) to young learners 3-10 years old. Through engaging videos and practical readings, you will explore approaches for teaching English to children that are not only effective but also fun and engaging. You will learn techniques for teaching new vocabulary and grammar that encourage student participation. In addition, you will gain new ideas for teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing in a meaningful context. Through learner-centered activities and group discussions, you will have many opportunities to share ideas with peers and apply course content to your learning environment. Get ready to learn about TEYL and be part of an international learning community with teachers around the world!

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • explain the reasons for teaching English as a foreign (EFL) language at early ages.
  • use effective approaches and techniques appropriate for young learners in the EFL classroom.
  • develop appropriate activities for teaching the vocabulary, grammar, and the four skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing to young EFL learners.
  • describe your learning environment and develop a lesson for young EFL learners in your context.
  • apply best practices for TEYL to your local context through a classroom observation of a peer.
  • develop yourself professionally in the field of TEYL by participating in an international online learning community and preparing an action plan or training plan to share your new knowledge and skills with other TEYL professionals in their local community.

Professional Development for

Teacher Trainers

This course is delivered by Arizona State University

Course Description

This course, designed for both new and experienced teachers, gives participants methods for creating, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training workshops. You will gain tools and techniques for promoting professional development in your teaching context. Through participation in this course, you will develop your skills for delivering engaging and relevant teacher trainings.

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes

The main outcome of the course is to have participants apply teacher training tools and strategies for impactful training in their local contexts.

Objectives:

  • develop an understanding of what makes a teacher training workshop successful and improves student outcomes
  • create a course outline based on your goals and objectives for your teaching context
  • develop a plan for assessing participants to meet your goals and objectives
  • apply evaluative concepts in a reflective way to assess training and grow professionally
  • create a sustainable community of practice with colleagues for continued professional growth

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Do I have to pay for the online course?

A: No! The scholarship covers tuition fee per participant of $600. These courses are funded by the Regional English Language Office at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad.

Q: How many scholarships are available?

A: 14 spots are available under this announcement for English teachers Pakistan

 Q: Where will the classes be conducted?

A: The courses will be taught online. You must have access 4-5 times per week minimum to reliable computer with high-speed Internet.

Q: Will I have to spend specific hours per week to complete the online course?

 A: You are expected to spend a minimum of 8-10 hours each week on coursework. These hours can be as per your own discretion.

 Q: Do I have to possess a Master’s degree to be eligible for the course?

 A: No! The minimum requirement is to be a practicing English language teacher and have high intermediate to advanced level English language proficiency in all skill areas, particularly reading and writing.

Q: Will I obtain a certificate after successfully completing the course?

A: Yes! Participants successfully completing the 8 week online course will be awarded certificates by the respective university. 

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