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In Collaboration With The U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Virtual Courses Increases Capacity For English Language Teaching
[AUSTIN – July 15, 2021] — In collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) has launched a new program for 82 English-language educators in Egypt. These instructors will join a series of virtual professional development courses that begin this fall and will continue through spring 2022.
This virtual professional development program, the English Language Teaching Institute (ELTI), will provide the participants with hands-on experience based on best practices in U.S. pedagogy that will help them develop effective instructional practices for young English learners in the classroom.
They will also join a global network of peer EFL instructors and other educators in TIEC’s Online Global Community. The Egyptian cohort will learn new strategies and methodologies that they will also develop an action plan to implement in their own classrooms, with the goal of increasing the English-language proficiency of their students, thus allowing them to compete more successfully in the global English-speaking workforce.
“We are honored to welcome this group of diverse and talented English-language educators,” said TIEC Chief Learning Officer Heather Farmakis, Ph.D. “Not only is it a life-changing experience for these educators to learn new techniques and approaches at TIEC, but they are building a very powerful and valuable network amongst themselves as professionals in their regions.”
The program orientation for this group was held on July 15, 2021, and the first online, facilitated professional development course will begin on August 30. The courses will cover best practices in online and flexible learning, student-centered curriculum for EFL learners, and professional learning communities for educators. The program will culminate with a limited number of top-performing participants attending the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in March 2022.
For more information about TIEC’s professional development programs for English-language educators, visit www.tiec.org/professional-training.
About the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC):
The Texas International Education Consortium is a 37-member university consortium, representing world-class programs from all six systems of higher education and private institutions in the state of Texas, collectively serving over 700,000 students. TIEC facilitates and fosters international education programs and partnerships by, with, and for its university members. This model of cooperation provides access to over 50,000 faculty, broad research, and a wide array of cutting-edge educational resources and methods. Since its founding in 1985, TIEC has provided educational assistance and consulting services for governments and institutions in over 40 countries, across five continents. TIEC is a recognized expert with extensive experience working with governments and institutions of education to improve course and degree program quality and responsiveness and to foster equity and inclusion.
Anna Charnitski, Texas International Education Consortium
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