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. Students got an opportunity to gain mentoring and leadership skills in a cross‐cultural environment, learn about American cultures and gained new opportunities and skills.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐀s𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐎𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐧 ‘𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠’
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 𝐔.𝐒. 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 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
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 ‘Digital Innovations in English Language Teaching and Learning.’
’ 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 ‘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, ‘The Future of English Language Teaching: Understanding the Importance of Technology Based Language Teaching and Learning,” and gave insights on how English language teachers in Pakistan integrate technology in their classrooms. Other popular sessions conducted by alumni of the Mission’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 Students’ 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.