English Language Programs

Through the U.S. Department of State’s English Language Programs, the world is your classroom. By completing projects designed by U.S. TESOL community.

The English Language Programs is the premier exchange opportunity for TESOL professionals to impact the way English is taught abroad. Embassies in more than 80 countries, English Language Fellows and Specialists work closely with local teachers, students, and education professionals to improve English language teaching capacity overseas. Program participants serve as representatives and cultural a

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Photos from English Language Programs's post 01/31/2024

From the busy streets of Bangladesh to the snow-capped mountains of Tajikistan, 31 English Language Fellows came together in Tashkent, , for a mid-fellowship event. They also attended and presented at the Uzbekistan World Languages Conference with more than 300 local English teachers in attendance.

Fellows enjoyed an evening of traditional arts – from cooking plov to learning about traditional instruments – while wearing local chapans, or jackets.

Are you a U.S. TESOL professional interested in a similar cultural exchange? The 2024-2025 English Language Fellow application is open – you could be next to share your expertise with teachers in Uzbekistan!

Photos from English Language Programs's post 01/26/2024

English Language Fellows from across Asia came together for a mid-fellowship event in Iloilo, . The 36 Fellows shared project challenges and success stories with one another while planning and collaborating on projects ahead. A highlight of the week was visiting schools and teacher training workshops around the region. One group of Fellows met with a local indigenous community, where they waded through a river to join teachers, students, and parents at the local school.

Are you a U.S. TESOL professional interested in making an impact abroad? The 2024-2025 English Language Fellow application is open!


Alumni in the World featuring Mitchell Bradford!

After completing his Virtual English Language Educator project in in 2023, Bradford and his family moved to Hangzhou, , where he took on a new role as an EAP learning support specialist at the University of Waikato Joint Institute at Hangzhou City University.

“I greatly enjoy working in China. The students are kind, respectful, and hardworking. There’s a lot of room for growth and development along with research possibilities.”

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Don’t worry if you missed the December 31 priority deadline for the 2024-2025 Fellow Program – you can still apply! The application is open and matching has started, so please apply as soon as possible.

📸 Fellows Robbieana Leung and Steven Pegelow conducted a 2-day workshop in , starting with an active warm-up activity. This “was such a silly, giggly moment. I’m leading students in a “COCONUT” stretch – we are literally spelling out "c-o-c-o-n-u-t” with our bodies before jumping into our lesson!” explained Robbieana.

Learn more about the Fellow Program and the application: https://elprograms.org/fellow-program/application-process/

Home - English Language Programs English Language Programs places highly qualified U.S.-citizen educators in the field of TESOL on projects funded by the U.S. Department of State to assist U.S. Embassies in delivering English language programs and supporting public diplomacy and mutual understanding through cultural exchange.


Rebecca Raab conducted a successful Content and Language Integrated Learning ( ) course for 50+Estonian and Russian as a Foreign Language teachers in . Despite varying English proficiency levels, all teachers crafted CLIL units with lesson plans by the end of the course. Raab reflected, stating, “Kindness and understanding are the most essential scaffolds, followed by coffee – lots and lots of coffee.”


In , Cody Gleason joined Access students to discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and social justice in commemoration of . Students had the opportunity to give short presentations about their own heroes during the session.


“One of the things I have enjoyed most about the Virtual Educator Program is how access to high-quality professional development opportunities is woven throughout the experience.”
– Anne Damiecka

During a three-month partnership with the American Center in Moscow, Anne Damiecka taught the online course “Activate Your English” to English language teachers.

Read more about her teaching experiences and the role she played in continuing people-to-people dialogues: https://bit.ly/VE-AnneDamiecka

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Meet Alumni Ambassador David Malatesta! In his featured story, Malatesta shares how his global experiences as an English Language Specialist and a professional musician have influenced his K-12 teaching.

“Through my Specialist projects, I’ve been able to learn about the native cultures of many of my students back in Illinois, and this helped me connect with my students on a completely different level.”

Read Matatesta’s story here: https://bit.ly/AAMalatesta


In , Debra Cole led over 200 new English teachers through a five-workshop series on total engagement strategies, classroom management, best practices in TESOL, and lesson planning for a student-centered approach. Since the project’s completion, workshop participants have been applying key takeaways in their own classrooms.


Did you know that the English Language Fellow Program does not have an age limit for applicants? Fellows participate at many stages in their lives. Some are looking to advance their careers, while others consider the Fellow program as an encore career during retirement.

The 2024-2025 application is still open. Are you ready for the next step in your career?

Learn more about eligibility for the English Language Fellow Program at https://elprograms.org/fellow-program/faqs/.

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Happy 2024! English Language Programs is back on the road and looking forward to connecting with teachers of English Language Learners and program alumni at over 15 conferences across the country.

Are you interested in learning about cultural exchange with the Fellow, Specialist, and Virtual Educator Programs? Visit the link below to find us at a local conference near you.



During her online project teaching academic English to faculty at SIMAD University in Mogadishu, Somalia, Jenn Gooding invited and welcomed Representative Deqa Dhalac of Portland, Maine, to speak with her students. The class was inspired by Representative Dhalac’s personal Somali-American story and interested to learn more about the challenges she has faced as a politician and as an immigrant.

📷 Jenn Gooding, Virtual Educator in ; Representative Deqa Dhalac, Maine House of Representatives


After a year and a half working together online, Virtual English Language Educator Bailey Webster and two Ukrainian colleagues met up in Warsaw, Poland, while Webster was traveling for the holidays. As an for a project at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Webster has been teaching English for Specific Purposes courses and conducting teacher training.

“It was an absolute pleasure to meet two faculty members face-to-face with whom I have made strong connections both professionally and personally,” Webster said. “We have had great discussions in our training sessions on methodology, linguistics and American and Ukrainian culture, getting to know each other’s sense of humor, interests, and hobbies. For our in-person meeting, we enjoyed dinner and a walk in the old town square, discussing the project and English teaching, and laughing together.”

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Are you interested in having a cultural exchange experience while advancing your career as an educator?
The 2024-2025 English Language Fellow Application is open with a priority deadline of December 31, 2023.

View and start your application here: https://elprograms.org/fellow-program/application-process/


Did you know that English Language Fellows are provided a pre-departure orientation in Washington D.C. and the opportunity to take the U.S. Department of State’s Fellow Training of Trainers Course? Fellows also have access to a library of resources and webinars through the program’s online Community of Practice.

📸 Fellows from across Europe came together for a series of workshops in early 2023.

Learn more about Fellow benefits here: https://elprograms.org/fellow-program/


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from English Language Programs! 🎄


Scott Kupferman addressed the unique English language learning needs of Deaf students and their teachers in the Philippines, in a multi-phase project featuring an in-person needs assessment, virtual module development, and a culminating public showcase.

“Across all three phases, I engaged with amazing Deaf students, collaborated with passionate educators, and was welcomed into the Filipino Deaf community with open arms.”

Read his story here: https://bit.ly/41CweWv


English Language Fellows have projects in many countries around the world. projects are developed by U.S. Embassies to address local needs. Applicants can indicate regional preferences on the Fellow application; however, Fellows are matched by professional fit.

📸 Kristen Cardona snapped this sunny shot from her airplane window in Okinawa, Japan.

Learn more about the English Language Fellow Program at https://elprograms.org/fellow-program/.


After taking the subway through Tokyo, peering out the window to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji, and finally buying a vending machine coffee, Claire Lee begins her day at the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, providing teacher professional development for in-service Japanese teachers of English.

“I am always incredibly humbled and blown away by the commitment that these teachers show. They often come to workshops late in the evening or on Saturdays and are eager to learn despite having decades of experience. It always helps me strive to provide the best possible training for them and consider how I could support their learning.”

Read her story here: https://bit.ly/FellowClaireLee


This past summer, Faryal Nasir led a 16-week teaching and training course for high school English language teachers in . During the online course, they welcomed a guest speaker from Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Virginia, and, together, they shared strategies to boost student engagement in the classroom.

📷 Faryal Nasir, Virtual Educator in Brazil

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Did you know that English Language Fellows receive a living allowance which covers safe and comfortable housing and utilities while abroad? The living allowance also covers the cost of food and local transportation to and from work.

📸 Rachel Wang enjoyed this colorful view from her home in Indonesia.

Learn more about Fellow benefits here: https://elprograms.org/fellow-program/

Home - English Language Programs English Language Programs places highly qualified U.S.-citizen educators in the field of TESOL on projects funded by the U.S. Department of State to assist U.S. Embassies in delivering English language programs and supporting public diplomacy and mutual understanding through cultural exchange.

Photos from English Language Programs's post 12/11/2023

During the 2023 fall conference season, English Language Programs participated in 40+ conferences and career fairs across the country. Thanks to all educators who visited our booth, attended sessions, and joined Alumni Meet-Up events. We appreciated learning about your impactful work with English Language Learners and sharing how our Fellows, Specialists, and Virtual Educators contribute to public diplomacy goals through unique exchange opportunities.

We will be back on the road early next year! Visit us at elprograms.org for more information on upcoming events.


Angela Hakim ran a needs assessment to determine how a university in , , could best meet the English language needs of students in a new data science and semiconductor course.

The Specialist interviewed students, faculty, and staff at the university while developing her assessment. “I learned a tremendous amount about English in higher education in Japan, about the experiences of students and English language teachers in one Japanese university, and about the needs and wants of various stakeholders across the campus.”


🕎 Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate from English Language Programs!


Professors in the Kyrgyz Republic are learning by doing with new communicative teaching methods during training workshops with Annette Schaffer.

“Over the past few weeks, participants have engaged in team-building activities and language games in order to experience the activities through the eyes of their students. They discussed what this style of teaching feels like for learners and what makes it effective.”
Are you a U.S. Educator interested in teaching abroad and training others? Check out the English Language Fellow Program. The 2024-2025 Application is open! https://elprograms.org/fellow-program/

Photos from English Language Programs's post 12/06/2023

In her featured story, Alumni Ambassador Melissa Hauke shares how her experiences as an in Russia and an in Thailand have invigorated her career and inspired her to continue pursuing new roles. Hauke also chronicles wondrous moments of cultural exchange, such as visiting the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia. “These experiences were such an honor because you realize you’re getting to see something that not many people ever see, and that your colleagues have gone out of their way to organize it for you.”

Read Melissa’s story here: https://bit.ly/AAHauke


Did you know that English Language Fellows often bring dependents along on their fellowships abroad? are provided with an allowance for accompanying dependents in their country of assignment.

Learn more about bringing dependents along on your fellowship here: https://elprograms.org/fellow-program/faqs/


📸 The view from Candace Renaud’s front porch overlooked a rice paddy in Phitsanulok, Thailand. “Living here for 10 months has given me a very personal view of the rice growing cycle – It has enabled me to experience some bird migration as so many species were attracted to the field after the rice was harvested.”

Fellowships give the opportunity for U.S. educators to learn and appreciate new things every day while being immersed in a new culture and community. Are you interested?

The 2024-2025 English Language Fellow application is open with a priority deadline of December 31, 2023. https://elprograms.org/fellow-program/


Kim Carroll was excited and nervous to start her interview for a fellowship in Paraguay. She was surprised by what came out of her mouth during the interview, but thankfully, it didn’t interfere with her becoming a Fellow. Instead, it helped expand and shift her view of what it means to be a role model and create a safe space for Q***r educators and students.

Listen to her story titled ‘What Not to Say in a Job Interview’ on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoEAe-xY4NE&t=2s
The 2024-2025 English Language Fellow application is open!

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Meet Alumni Ambassador Chloe Bellows! In her featured story, Chloe discusses how her English Language Fellow project in Brazil (2018-2019) sparked her drive for civic engagement and the pursuit of her PhD, and gifted her family with a tropical paradise lifestyle. “I felt very grateful for the culture and people we were surrounded by, especially with my young children. Brazilians love kids, and they are really integrated into the social fabric of the community.”

Read Chloe’s story here: https://bit.ly/AAChloe

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