Teach English

Here you will find links that will provide tools for English teachers to use in class or professional development.

English Language Office at the US Embassy

The English Language Coordinator (ELC) at the US Embassy is responsible for the distribution of U.S. government-produced ELT and American studies books, videos and CDs upon request and availability.

There are two different professional development webinars series open to the English teaching community:

RELO Andes Webinar Series

This program is run through the RELO Andes based at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. Monthly webinars are presented by local teachers and trainers with U.S. Fellows and Specialists. No previous registration is required.  To find out about the next webinar, visit the activities calendar on the RELO Andes Facebook page. They are also announced on the U.S. Embassy in Peru Facebook page. To watch archived webinars, visit RELO webinars youtube page.

Let us know if you are interested in co-presenting!

Shaping the Way We Teach Webinar Series

This is a program sponsored by the Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs. These series of webinars address methodological topics that foster interactive student-centered language instruction. Registration is required.

Key points:

  • Each series has six (6) sessions.
  • Registration is required.
  • Participants who complete at least 50% of the program will receive a certificate.
  • The program is open three (3) times a year. Please check our Facebook page for information on the schedule.

Requirement to participate:

  • Be an English teacher or teacher trainer willing to share your knowledge with your colleagues.
  • Have access to an internet connection with Flash Media and audio available.
  • Be willing to participate in real-time discussions.
  • Send your application to: CaracasELC@state.gov

How to apply:

Type of participants:

  • Individual participants: Only one person can receive the certificate after the completion of the course.
  • Host or Viewing Party: One email account will have access to the site but many people can participate. The person responsible for the email account will have to provide a list of participants that will receive certificate at the end of the program.

This is an intensive online training program for English teachers for which the participant receives a certificate from an accredited university in the United States. The program attempts to improve the quality of English Language teaching throughout the world. Participants will receive the most recent English teaching methods and techniques while being introduced to American educational values.

Key points:

  • English teachers living in Venezuela have the opportunity to apply to the E-teacher online scholarship.
  • Please note participants should dedicate 8-10 hours of work per week to fulfill the program requirements.
  • There is an annual call (usually in July) for the following fall, winter, spring and summer cycles. Please check our Facebook page for updates.

Recruitment and selection:

In order to apply or nominate a candidate for the E-Teacher Scholarship please keep in mind the following requirements:

  • Nominees should be current teacher trainers or teachers willing to share the knowledge gained with colleagues through workshops or professional presentations.
  • Nominees should comply with the requirements described for the course they want to take.
  • English language skills:
    • Ability to do academic work at a U.S. university (an advanced level of reading and writing, roughly equivalent to a minimum TOEFL score of 525 or IBT score of 70);
    • General understanding of technical terms in English relating to computers and Internet.
    • Good command of the necessary vocabulary for the course for which the candidate is nominated.
  • Computer fundamentals:
    • Regular access to e-mail and internet.
    • Ability to navigate in Windows or other appropriate programs and create a Word document;
    • Basic familiarity with the Internet and web browsers;
    • Ability to type in English well enough to perform online tasks in real-time and to submit written assignments in a timely manner.
  • Nominees should live in Venezuela in order to apply for the E-Teacher scholarship via the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela.

Please note that final selection is made depending on the availability of scholarships every cycle. Candidates chosen for a program will be notified via email.

Programs available:

The list of programs may vary according to the university’s offer.  Some of the ones that have been offered in the past are:

A. Introduction to online learning (5 weeks)

The goal of this 5-week course is to develop participant’s knowledge and skills with the following tools and types of resources toward the goal of becoming prepared for future online 10-week EFL teacher training courses. Final topics will be determined based on a pre-course needs assessment but will be EFL-oriented whenever possible with a focus on the following:

  • Email
  • File management with a focus on MS Word, Excel, PDF and web-based files.
  • Web: searches, saves, evaluating resources, sources for learning about intellectual property and citation.
  • Leading and taking part in online asynchronous discussions (e.g. netiquette, academic discourse, quoting others, building communities of practice). Join and post to the E-teacher Ning.
  • Setting up a Skype account and taking part in a synchronous discussion.

Requirements:

  • High intermediate to advance English.
  • Inexperienced or experienced in-service teacher.
  • Tech illiterate.
  • Works with children, youth or adults.
  • Eligible for a future 10-week E-teacher course.

B. Practical Applications in Listening and Speaking 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 reading and online discussion, self-study activities, and their participation in model lessons.
  • 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)

Requirements:

  • Intermediate English. (Not advanced)
  • In-service teacher.
  • Tech literate. (knowledge of email, web browsers and file management)
  • Works with children, youth or adults.

C. Introduction to pedagogy and practices for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)

This course is designed to provide participants with current methodologies associated with teaching English language learners 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.

Requirements:

  • High intermediate to advance  English.
  • Inexperienced in-service teacher
  • Tech literate (knowledge of email, web browsers and file management)
  • Works with children, youth or adults.

D. Critical thinking in language learning and teaching

This course is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of the theory and applied use of Critical Thinking principles and practices in the EFL classroom.

Requirements:

  • High intermediate to advance English.
  • Inexperienced or experienced in-service teacher.
  • Tech literate. (knowledge of email, web browsers and file management)
  • Works with children, youth or adults.

E. Building teaching skills through the interactive web. (Web Skills)

Participants in this course deepen their understanding of the theory and applied use of computers and language learning 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.

Requirements:

  • High intermediate to advance English.
  • Inexperienced or experienced in-service teacher.
  • Tech literate. (knowledge of email, web browsers and file management)
  • Works with children, youth or adults.

F. Assessment: Summative and formative practices in language learning and teaching.

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 (EFL) and addressing all four skill areas. Assessment topics covered include needs of assessment, diagnostics, proficiency, achievement, formative, alternative, summative, standardized, strength-based, and differentiated modalities. 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.

Requirements:

  • High intermediate to advance  English.
  • Inexperienced or experienced  in-service teacher.
  • Tech literate. (knowledge of email, web browsers and file management)
  • Works with children, youth or adults.

G. English for Specific Purposes, Best Practices and Courses and Materials (ESP)

This online course will develop participants’ skills in designing, implementing and evaluating ESP courses based on best practices in the field.  Participants may be addressing English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Vocational English for Specific Purposes (VESP) or English for Occupational Purposes (EOP).

Participants create a personalized “ESP toolkit” for documents and resources for use in creating and delivering their own ESP courses.

Requirements:

  • High intermediate to advance  English.
  • Inexperienced or experienced  in-service teacher.
  • Tech literate. (knowledge of email, web browsers and file management)
  • Works with children, youth or adults.

H. Special Education and Differentiated Instruction in an EFL context (SpEd TEFL)

This course is designed to be a survey of teaching methods that support learners with special needs within the context of the teaching English as a Foreign Language classroom.

Requirements:

  • High intermediate to advance English.
  • Inexperienced or experienced in-service teacher.
  • Tech literate. (knowledge of email, web browsers and file management)
  • Works with children, youth or adults.

I. Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)

Students ages 5-10 are cognitively “primed” to acquire English in an integrated skills and content-based, experimental approach. Educators who understand the cognitive and social processes of language acquisition for Teaching English to Young Learners are better equipped to help learners while also creating a fun, positive environment.

In this course, participants explore solutions for the challenges presented in the classroom through an overview of current research and best practices (always content-dependent) for TEYL, plus hands-on experimentation with a wide array of freely available online resources.

Requirements:

  • High intermediate to advance English
  • Inexperienced or experienced in-service teacher
  • Tech literate (knowledge of email, web browsers and file management)
  • Works with primary students.

How to apply:

The English Language Office at the US Embassy has a variety of U.S. government-produced ELT and American studies materials (books, posters, CDs, etc) available upon request.

For more information please contact us via email: CaracasELC@state.gov

For donations, please fill out the Donation Request Form (PDF 71KB) and send via email: CaracasELC@state.gov

The ELSpec Program send U.S. experts in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language (TEFL/TESL) to work on short-term projects that contribute to the host country’s capacity to teach English and the U.S. Embassy’s goals.

The program could last from two (2) weeks up to three (3) months at a variety of institutions and levels, mainly in the areas of teacher training, materials writing and curriculum development.

The program can also provide specialists via digital video conference (DVC) or Webinar, as a standalone program or as one element of a multi-part program.

Through the EL Spec Program, English teaching professionals worldwide gain improved access to informed and diverse perspectives on a broad variety of pedagogical issues, enabling them to broaden their perspectives and convey concepts about American society, government and values.

How to apply

Complete the ELS Specialist Request Form (PDF 89 KB) and submit via email  along with a proposed schedule to: CaracasELC@state.gov

English Language Officers (ELOs) are officers at the US Embassy that –upon request and availability- give presentations at local institutions regarding US Culture and values.

How to request a visit or video chat

Send a proposal via email indicating the following:

  • Contact information. (Name, email, phone number, institution)
  • Topic to be discussed.
  • Audience. (age and size of audience)
  • Purpose of the visit.
  • Location. (where would the activity take place)
  • Possible date and time for the activity. (please provide at least 2 options)

Email: CaracasELC@state.gov

For a video chat you need to check and confirm that the platform available at your institution is appropriate for the activity.

Requests must be submitted for consideration at least one (1) month prior to the event.

Please note that each request is considered in a first come-first served basis and according to the availability of the officers.