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Teachers Training Programs
February 12, 2018

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English Language Fellow Program

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.

Due to the mobility restrictions caused by Covid-19, the program is being carried out entirely virtually and institutions can request it for periods of less than 10 months.

English Language Specialist Program

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.

Due to mobility restrictions caused by Covid-19, the program is being conducted entirely virtually.

Fulbright 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 participate

You can find all the information about the program and how to apply in www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org. Applications for the program in 2023 will be received through February 18, 2022, Eastern time zone. Only online applications will be received.