Teachers Training Programs

  1. Teachers Training Programs
  2. Embassy Sponsored English Programs

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English Language Fellow Program (EL Fellow)

Through the English Language Fellow Program (EL Fellow), highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) participate in 10-month-long fellowships at academic host institutions.

The Fellows work with their hosts as well as with the local and regional English Language Teacher (ELT) community. Participants create and implement courses, materials, curricula, and training programs that build stronger connections between U.S. culture and their hosts. The ELF program has been present in the Colombian cities of Manizales, Bogotá, and Barranquilla.

From September 2017 to June 2018 there will be an EL Fellow in Bogotá. The host institution for the EL Fellow in Bogotá will be the Centro Colombo Americano.

English Language Specialist Program (EL Specialist)

The Department of State’s English Language Specialist Program (EL Specialist) recruits U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to conduct programs ranging from two weeks to four months. The EL Specialists assist the Embassy in delivering and maintaining quality English programs.

The EL Specialists have had programs in Manizales, Pereira, Medellin, Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Ibagué, Manizales, Pasto, Quibdó, Cartagena, Popayán, and Cali.

Between 2014 and 2016, the Colombian Institute for Higher Education (ICETEX) and the U.S. Embassy supported the placement of fourteen EL Specialists for three months at local universities with language departments. The EL Specialists worked to review curriculum and content-based projects as well as assisted in lesson planning in universities with pre-service programs nationwide.

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

The fully-funded Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) brings international secondary school teachers to the United States. Every spring and fall the teachers attend a six-week professional development program combining academic seminars with a two-week internship in a U.S. secondary school.

As they bring new methodologies and ideas directly into the classroom, TEA participants have an immediate impact on student learning. In addition to their unique expertise, participants also share knowledge gained through formal and informal trainings from their school and larger education communities.

How to apply: Applications for the 2020 program were received until February 28, 2019. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and you will get a notification when applications open for the 2021 program.

E-Teacher Scholarship Program

The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers English teaching professionals living outside of the United States the opportunity to take one out of nine innovative, online graduate level classes through the University of Oregon. The courses explore major areas of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) academic specialties.

In addition to specific knowledge of each of the nine major areas of TEFL, the applicant will also:

  • Learn the most recent TEFL methods and techniques
  • Engage in an innovative distance-learning program using the latest in modern technology
  • Have direct access to U.S. experts

How to apply: Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and you will get a notification when applications open.