OPEN Pakistan Global Online Courses -Fall 2024

The Regional English Language Office at the Public Diplomacy Section at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad (RELO Pakistan), is sponsoring Online Professional English Network (OPEN) scholarships to English language teaching professionals to attend eight-week, online university-level courses offered by U.S. Universities.

Names and Information of the Courses Offered During the Cohort:

  • Creating and Implementing Online Courses (CIOC) by Arizona State University
  • Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom by Iowa State University
  • Teaching English for Critical Intercultural Awareness (TECIA) by World Learning (formerly Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting)
  • Teaching Grammar Communicatively by World Learning
  • Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) by George Mason University
  • TESOL Methodology by University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Professional Development for Teacher Trainers by Arizona State University
  • Fostering Student Motivation and Engagement (FSME) by the University of Oregon
  • Teaching English Academic Writing to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Teaching Academic Writing to Speakers of Other Languages by Iowa State University (formerly Developing and Teaching Academic Writing )
  • Teaching English for Environmental Awareness (TEEA) by Kansas State University  (formerly Teaching for the Future: English Teaching to Take on Climate Change (TFF))
  • Trauma-Sensitive Teaching for the English Language Classroom by Eastern Washington University (formerly Teaching in English in Emergencies)

Who can Apply?

  • be an English language professional.
  • have strong English language reading and writing skills.
  • be a citizen of Pakistan. 
  • reside in Pakistan for the entire duration of the course.
  • have regular and reliable access to a 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.
  • not be an alumna/alumnus of OPEN Global Online Courses.
  • English Works/Access participants are encouraged to apply.
    (Please note that a certificate or employment letter will be required for verification purposes).
  • TEA/FLTA alumni are eligible to apply if their program was completed within the past 2 years.
    (Justification for community service will be mandatory for TEA/FLTA alumni).

When do Classes Start?

September 14 to November 18, 2024

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS (SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2024)

The course requires you to commit 10-12 hours per week for the three months. If you are not confident that you will be able to complete the course during the three-month period, we highly recommend that you apply for subsequent batches. The course is offered four times in a year: Fall (September-November), Winter (January-March), Spring (April-June), and Summer (July-August). If you drop out or fail to complete the course, you may immediately become ineligible for other RELO-sponsored programs. 
Preference is given to the candidate who has previously completed OPEN MOOCs or American English Live Series. It lets us know that the applicant fulfills the criteria for language requirements, ICT skills, and commitment. If you haven’t participated yet, you can still sign up for OPEN-offered MOOCs. For more information and registration on MOOCs, visit https://www.openenglishprograms.org/MOOC.
Phase 1 – Application Review: During the initial phase, all submitted applications undergo a thorough review to ensure they meet our eligibility criteria. Only applications that fulfill these requirements and showcase the necessary proficiency in English Language and ICT skills proceed to the next stage.
Phase 2 – Shortlisting and Written Application Evaluation: Shortlisted candidates move on to the second phase, where the responses to the short questions become a crucial component of the written application. This stage is pivotal in understanding your qualifications, experiences, and perspectives.
Phase 3 – Telephonic Interview: Candidates who successfully navigate the written application evaluation will be contacted by the OPEN Pakistan team for a telephonic interview. This interview serves as an opportunity for us to delve deeper into your responses from the written application, allowing for a more comprehensive assessment of your suitability for the program.
Assessment Criteria: Throughout the selection process, candidates are evaluated based on their alignment with our eligibility criteria, proficiency in English Language and ICT skills, and the quality of their responses to both written and interview components. We are looking for individuals who not only meet the technical requirements but also demonstrate a passion for and commitment to the objectives of the OPEN program.
No. Plagiarism leads to immediate disqualification of the application.
Also, please do not copy responses from any public source without giving due credit. Do not copy responses from a friend or another applicant. Similar responses between two applications will lead to the disqualification of both applications.
Make sure that you review the eligibility criteria for acceptance in the program. Thoroughly, go through the recommendations shared on responding to the questions. That is an important part of the application.
Please know that this is an immensely competitive program. For every batch, we review thousands of applications. We are always impressed by the quality of the responses. However, we only have a limited number of seats for each of the regions Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Azad Kashmir.
We recommend you stay connected with us through OPEN Pakistan events and programs. Join MOOC courses. OPEN GOC program is announced quarterly, so even if you don’t get selected, you can try for subsequent cycles of the GOC program.

Want to learn more about the Global OPEN Program? 
Visit: https://www.openenglishprograms.org/about 

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