Conferences and Alumni Engagement

Professional Development for Teachers: RELO Webinar Series

Theme for June 2021: ๐๐‘๐Ž๐‰๐„๐‚๐“-๐๐€๐’๐„๐ƒ ๐‹๐„๐€๐‘๐๐ˆ๐๐†
American Specialist: David Courtney

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OPEN Student Mentorship Program

The program offered ongoing advice in developing leadership, English language development, media literacy, intercultural communication skills and Educational Opportunities in the U.S. by the American mentors.


The program offered ongoing advice in developing leadership, English language development, media literacy, intercultural communication skills and Educational Opportunities in the U.S. by the American mentors. Students got an opportunity to gain mentoring and leadership skills in a crossโ€cultural environment, learn about American cultures and gained new opportunities and skills.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐€s๐ข๐š๐ง ๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐Ž๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ‘๐‚๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐“๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ’

The Regional English Language Offices (RELO) of the U.S. Embassies in Kathmandu, New Delhi, and Islamabad hosted the South Asian Regional Online Conference on Critical Thinking in English.

This international conference was facilitated by a ๐”.๐’. ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ and features interactive, practical presentations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. 4 OPEN Alumni from Pakistan presented in the South Asian Regional Online Conference.

OPEN Pakistan Virtual Conference

On January 30, 2021 the presentations by over ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐€๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐š๐ค๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ข ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ, many alumni of ๐Ž๐๐„๐ ๐ฌ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ provided by the ๐”.๐’. ๐Œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ž (๐‘๐„๐‹๐Ž) in Pakistan, introduced participants, ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐›๐ž, to innovative ideas and practices to help classrooms continue transitioning to online and hybrid models, a global necessity given the pandemic. The conference title is โ€˜Digital Transformation in English Language Teaching and Learning,โ€™ and sessions will explore ๐œ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ -๐ž๐๐ ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ in ELT.

English Language Expo 2021

On January 18, 2020, more than 500 English language teachers, students, and administrators participated in the English Language Expo 2020 held at Greenwich University. The program, sponsored by the Regional English Language Office (RELO) at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad, provided a platform for the English language teaching and learning community to attend more than forty sessions focusing on โ€˜Digital Innovations in English Language Teaching and Learning.โ€™


โ€™ Pakistan Regional English Language Officer, Jerrold Frank, Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer, Karachi, Cameron Shah, Information Officer, Karachi, Sydney Smith, and Aisha Amanullah, English Programs Manager from the U.S. Mission Pakistan attended the opening ceremony. Jerrold Frank delivered the keynote session on โ€˜Customizing Professional Development in the use of Language Learning Technologies. The keynote was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Cameron Shah with panelists including Jerrold Frank and three alumni of Mission Pakistan OPEN programs. The panel discussion focused on the topic, โ€˜The Future of English Language Teaching: Understanding the Importance of Technology Based Language Teaching and Learning,โ€ and gave insights on how English language teachers in Pakistan integrate technology in their classrooms. Other popular sessions conducted by alumni of the Missionโ€™s E-Teacher programs included: Exploring Cultural Identities in our Classrooms: A Critical Thinker’s Approach, Multi-Sensory Approaches in ELT, The Sociophonetics of Pakistani ESL Classrooms: Bridging Research and Teaching, Teaching Resources at American English and Technology Integration in EFL Classrooms and The Impact of Using Facebook on Studentsโ€™ English Writing Skills.


TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo – IVLP Exchange 2019

Twelve E-Teacher Program Alumni participated in TESOL Exchange and International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the United States from March 11-26, 2019. The Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad sponsored the program. The program enabled the participants to attend the TESOL 2019 International Convention and English Language Expo held from March 12-15 in Atlanta, Georgia.


The next phase of the program engaged the participants in extensive training under the International Visitors Leadership Program in Atlanta, GA., Austin, TX., and Washington, D.C. The program focused on U.S. best practices in the area of online and blended learning, with an emphasis on methodology, teaching applications, and online learning resources. This program helped equip leaders in the Pakistani educational community to better design and deliver online and blended courses and to advocate for best practices upon their return.

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