E-Teacher Program

E-Teacher Scholarship Program 2014-2015

The E-Teacher Scholarship Program sponsored by the Education and Cultural Affairs at the State Department aims at improving the quality of English language teaching throughout the world. The program offers professional development opportunities to foreign ELT educators through intensive online courses provided by a U.S. academic institution. Courses introduce participants to current English language teaching methods and techniques and provide participants direct access to U.S. ELT experts. Courses emphasize a learner-centered approach to language teaching and are conducted entirely in English. Courses integrate Department of State teacher training materials when appropriate. Participant costs, including tuition and course materials, are covered by a cooperative agreement between ECA and a U.S. partner institution. Participants who successfully finish a course receive a certificate of completion from the course provider. Certificates are distributed to participants through post points of contact. In the past two years, at least 1200 scholarships have been funded by ECA. Each year, up to 26 outstanding participants from Fall, Winter, and Spring courses will be selected to par-ticipate in an in-person U.S. Professional Exchange.

AY 14/15: Courses Schedule: Fall 2014-Summer 2015

E-Teacher Terms 2014-15 Courses Begin Courses End Courses Available
Fall 2014: Oct 6, 2014 Dec 12, 2014 CT, TEPT, Methods, TEYL, Web Skills
Winter 2015: Jan 5, 2015 Mar 13, 2015

CT, TEPT, Methods, TEYL, Web Skills

Assessment, ESP, PALSS, MOOC

Spring 2015: Apr 6, 2015 Jun 12, 2015 CT, TEPT, Methods, TEYL, Web Skills
Summer 2015: Jun 22, 2015 Aug 28, 2015

CT, TEPT, Methods, TEYL, Web Skills

Pilot ELT & Leadership


The following courses are offered year-round:

  • Critical Thinking
  • TEPT (Teaching English to Pre-Teens and Teens)
  • TESOL Methods
  • TEYL (Teaching English to Young Learners)
  • Web Skills and Online Teaching

PALSS is only available for winter term. The ELT & Leadership Pilot Course is only available for summer term.

Qualified Candidates:

E-Teacher candidates should be current ELT professionals (e.g., teachers, teacher trainers, program administrators). They should be highly motivated individuals who are dedicated to their own professional development and to sharing the knowledge they gain with colleagues in their local area. Candidates should be com-mitted to fulfilling all program requirements, which include dedicating at least 8-10 hours to course work per week. In addition, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of and resident in the nominating country at the time of the course (e.g., a teacher nominated must be a Kyrgyzstan citizen residing locally during the course).
  • Candidates must apply (PDF 87 KB) through the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek.
  • Are able to dedicate time to complete the course (8-10+ hours/week).
  • Possess high-intermediate to advanced English language skills (approximately equivalent to a 525 TOEFL / 70 TOEFL iBT), particularly in reading and writing. Participants must be able to complete academic work at a U.S. university level.
  • Have a general understanding of English technical terms relating to digital technology and the Internet and meet internet access and technology skills requirements:
  • Have access (4-5 times per week minimum) to a reliable, up-to-date computer with high-speed Internet access. Mobile phones cannot be used to access the current course format.
  • Have basic technology skills related to email, Internet searches and downloads/uploads, logins/passwords, and file use (e.g., PDF, MS Word, Excel). PALSS applicants require access to real-time video chat tools such as Skype.
  • Have the ability to type in English well enough to perform online tasks and to submit written assignments in a timely manner. Please note that “texting English” is not appropriate for communicating with professors and for submitting formal assignments and discussion board posts.
  • Please note that PALSS is offered in the Winter 2015 term ONLY. This course has real-time, scheduled components and access to Skype or a similar video conferencing tool on a high bandwidth computer is required (mobile phones typically do *not* have sufficient bandwidth for multi-point real-time international course sessions and should not be the sole means of accessing the course). Not for participants with advanced English speaking/listening skills.
  • Each candidate may be nominated for only ONE course in FY2014 / Academic Year 2014-2015. Candidates nominated for more than one course in the database will not be considered.
  • All “alternate” nominations should be considered available for the entire year. They may be called up at any point during each term’s registration period.
  • Top performers in the AY2014/2015 E-Teacher program might be nominated for a professional development workshop (exchange) in the U.S.

Note: Former E-teacher participants are not eligible to apply.

 For More information:

Program Public Website: University of Oregon E-Teacher page: https://aei3.uoregon.edu/eteacher/

Courses Description


E-Teacher 10-week online courses are offered during four terms in Academic Year 2014-15:

Fall 2014: October 6 – December 14

Winter 2015: January 5 – March 13

Spring 2015: April 6 – June 12

Summer 2015: June 22 – August 28

Some courses may not be offered every term based on demand. Please see the chart on the E-Teacher Home Page to see when each course is offered. All but one of the E-Teacher courses are asynchronous and do not require real-time interaction. Participants use online tools to participate in discussion boards and complete individual and group assignments. All courses are Pass/No Pass, requiring satisfactory completion of 70% of the coursework plus the course project. UO will award 10 CEUs per course on the basis of an average of 10 hours of work per week (100 hours total per course).

Foundation Courses

1. Building Teaching Skills Through the Interactive Web, A Survey of Resources and Tools for Online and F2F English Language Teaching (Web Skills) Participants in this course deepen their understanding of the theory and applied use of CALL principles and practices in the EFL classroom The course will model innovative online teaching practices, enable participants to understand and use appropriate technology to enhance learning outcomes for their students, and offer opportunities to share real-world applications of technology tools and practices. The course will pro-vide educators with support and problem-solving mechanisms as they implement technology and act as a train-the-trainers model so that participants can move forward after the course with concrete dissemination plans.

Special requirements: None; appropriate for teachers of all audiences.

2. Introduction to Pedagogy and Practices for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Methods) This course is designed to provide participants with current methodologies associated with teaching English language learners (ELLs) of different ages in various learning contexts. Participants will discuss and practice a wide variety of strategies and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). While exploring best practices for teaching English, participants learn how to create an effective and communicative language classroom for all ELLs. In addition, participants will examine what best practices means in the context of teaching English in the 21st century, where the use of English incorporates modern technologies. This course is based partially on the “Shaping the Way We Teach English” materials.

Special requirements: None; appropriate for teachers of all audiences.

3. Practical Applications in Language and Learning Skills (PALSS)This course is designed to enhance speaking skills of participants in small group sessions and with a weekly audio journal; listening skills of participants in small group sessions and with self-study activities; teaching skills of participants in listening, speaking, and pronunciation through readings and online discussion, self-study activities, and their participation in model lessons; and teaching networks by encouraging collaboration among participants on weekly discussions, in small group sessions, and with ongoing interaction through the course social networking site (Ning).

Special requirements: None; appropriate for teachers of all audiences.

This will be offered in Winter 15 Term ONLY. This course has real-time, scheduled components and access to Skype or a similar video conferencing tool is required. Not for participants with advanced English speaking/listening skills. The real-time components are based on 5 time zones. Participants will need to make accommodations in order to attend the virtual classes at the time that is most convenient for them. We are not able to add more times or individualize availability for all participants.

Courses for Educators of Specific Audiences

1. English for Specific Purposes, Aligning Context with Practices and Materials (ESP) This online course will develop participants’ skills in designing, implementing and evaluating English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses based on best practices in the field. Because the foundation of this course is in best practices, new and experienced ESP practitioners are welcome from all areas of the field. Course participants may be addressing the needs of pre-experience learners (preparing to enter a specific discourse com-munity) who need (1) English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for courses in specific disciplines in universities, or (2) Vocational English for Specific Purposes (VESP) for courses at vocational and technical secondary schools. Other course participants might be focused on English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) courses in the business sector or other fields that are intended for pre-experienced or experienced learners already in the workplace who need English as a tool for their job. Regardless of which ESP target learner population is the focus (EAP, VESP or EOP), the target learners are usually adults with an intermediate level of English or higher. The course will also address the need for training in English for Specific Purposes to promote education and economic development at the local and national levels.

Special requirements: This course is intended for EFL educators of teens and adults only.

2. Special Education and Differentiated Instruction in EFL Contexts (SpEd EFL) This course is designed to be a survey of teaching methods that support learners with special needs within the context of the TEFL classroom. Participants will read articles, visit websites and discuss practices that provide teaching strategies for diverse learners with a wide variety of skills and varying levels of performance. Special requirements: None; appropriate for all EFL educators interested in supporting special needs students.

3. Teaching English to Pre-teens and Teens (TEPT) Educators in this course who work with tweens (“pre-teens” approximately ages 10-12) and teens (ages 13-18) will learn how to motivate these age groups by designing collaborative projects that involve several con-tent strands critical to 21st century learners. Whenever possible, student-centered practices and opportunities to introduce student choice in the everyday EFL class will be modeled and applied in this course.

Special requirements: This course is for educators who work with pre-teens and teen

4. Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) English learners at the primary level (approximately ages 5-10) are cognitively “primed” to acquire language skills in ways that lend themselves well to an integrated skills and content-based, experiential approach. The educator who understands the cognitive and social processes of second language acquisition for Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) is better equipped to help the learner navigate the processes of classroom learning activities while also creating a fun, positive environment. In many cases, TEYL educators in English as a Foreign Language settings have a limited amount of time to accomplish their teaching goals and meet local requirements regarding the use of specific texts, tests or other materials. A low-resource environment can also pose challenges. In this course, participants have the opportunity to explore solutions for such challenges through an overview of current research and “best” practices (always context-dependent) for TEYL plus hands on experimentation with a wide array of freely available online and local resources.

Special requirements: This course is for educators who work with young learners.

Advanced Courses

1. Assessment: Summative and Formative Assessment in Language Learning and Teaching (Assessment) This course will involve participants with the theory and practice of the major components of assessment, with a particular focus on English as a Foreign Language and addressing all four skill areas. Assessment topics covered include needs assessment, diagnostic, proficiency, achievement, formative, alternative, summative, standardized, strength-based, and differentiated. Participants will also explore aligning assessment to behavioral objectives and course goals, giving learners effective and helpful feedback, developing rubrics and tests, evaluating assessment with item analysis, and looking at reliability and validity. Articles and other readings give participants a firm foundation in assessment theory, and they will put theory into practice with an array of weekly practical applications, assignments, discussions, and tasks. that include creating different types of assessments and feedback. The course will end with an assessment project organized as a WebQuest. Special requirements: Appropriate for teachers of all audiences. This is an advanced course with a demanding reading and writing load. Participants should be prepared to apply new knowledge to local curricula, units, and lessons.

2. Critical Thinking in Language Learning and Teaching (CT) This course is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of the theory and applied use of Critical Thinking principles and practices in the EFL classroom by engaging in the following types of activities: readings and discussions of professional information and articles to develop a deeper understanding of current topics in language pedagogy as they relate to general critical thinking skills; identification, evaluation, and selection of web-based materials and tools for use in the classroom; interaction with colleagues regionally and internationally who share similar pedagogical interests; creation of classroom materials and projects that demonstrate an understanding of course topics; adaption and enhancement of existing materials so they are culturally and age-appropriate for their schools’ local curriculum. Innovations in the course include an over-all deepening of student engagement in course content via-reorganization of course components, addition of relevant materials and activities. Ultimately, as a result of the changes, course participants develop a greater level of autonomy.

Special requirements: Appropriate for teachers of all audiences. This is an advanced course with a demanding reading and writing load. Participants should be prepared to apply new knowledge to local curricula, units, and lessons.

3. Developing Local Leadership for Global English Language Teaching (Global English) Participants will explore models and systems of leadership in today’s ”Global English” environment as a basis for creating a vision and setting themselves on a course of action for positive change in their local educational contexts. From a language pedagogy and practices perspective, participants will review the fundamental principles of project-‐based learning (PBL) and content-‐ based instruction (CBI). Through readings, online discussions, and projects, participants will improve their ability to: develop instructional units and ac-companying materials that meet course objectives, target their learners’ needs and interests, and position themselves to strategically lead one or more related innovations in their local educational settings. Participants will finish the course with an action plan plus a digital portfolio of lessons and materials related to our three themes of: entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and women’s empowerment.

Special requirements: This course is for language administrators, principals, or staff that manage students or schools. This course is not designed for classroom teachers.

All courses are Pass/No Pass, requiring satisfactory completion of 70% of the course work plus the course project as evidence of having mastered and applied course content in participants’ local context.


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