American English E-Teacher Program

Fall Term 2017 (September 26 – November 21, 2017)
Application Deadline: 12:00 PM, July 13, 2017

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the offering of American English E-Teacher Program to teachers and educators who are interested in participating in an online professional development course for five 9-week, online university-level courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

What courses are available?

  1. Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom
  2. Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting
  3. Teaching Grammar Communicatively
  4. Professional Development for Teacher Trainers
  5. Teaching English to Young Learners

Course Descriptions

Course 1: Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom

This course is designed to help English language teaching professionals around the world acquire and maintain basic knowledge and skills in technology for professional purposes through hands-on learning. It will help teachers integrate pedagogical knowledge and skills with technology to enhance their language teaching and learning through their reading, discussion, and creation of new learning activities. The course will help participants apply technology in record keeping, feedback, and assessment, and use technology to improve communication, collaboration, and efficiency by participating in online discussion and presentation.

Educational Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and how technology affects language teaching in the 21st century;
  • Use strategies to develop vocabulary growth through social media;
  • Identify appropriate grammar activities that include opportunities for learners to discover, analyze, and produce grammatical structures as part of tasks that encourage learner interaction;
  • Use methods for selecting and adapting appropriate reading texts for accomplishing particular language learning goals;
  • Understand how to teach writing through CALL by selecting appropriate model texts, showcasing technology supported help options, considering the audience for writing activities, and developing writing strategies;
  • Understand how to select and adapt existing listening resources on the Internet to address language learning objectives;
  • Select CALL materials that teach speaking skills and focus on the sounds and accents that are relevant for their learners;
  • Develop teaching units that incorporate one or more of the technologies learned throughout the course.

Course 2: Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting

Exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students engage in authentic situations to develop the ability to navigate across a variety of cultures. This intercultural ability requires language choices and awareness of oneself as a cultural being. It also requires critical thinking skills, which are themselves culturally defined. Using experiential learning as the organizational model, this course will engage participants in analyzing personal experiences, media, EFL textbooks, and classrooms to develop the capacity to think critically about the cultural assumptions and viewpoints embedded in their teaching content and process. After examining themselves as cultural beings and assessing learners’ needs and goals, participants will develop a concrete teaching lesson that reflects their view of teaching critical thinking and intercultural competence in their particular context.

Educational Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the dimensions of culture and critical thinking as they pertain to teaching in their context;
  • Develop an increased understanding of critical thinking, experiential learning, and intercultural learning skills and the connections between them;
  • Further develop their ability to learn and teach intercultural competence and critical thinking by applying observation, inquiry, multiple perspective analysis, and self-reflection to their exploration of cultural phenomena;
  • Further develop their ability to learn and teach intercultural skills of active listening and empathy;
  • Critically analyze EFL textbooks’ treatment of culture;
  • Develop their own assumptions about the teaching of culture in their context;
  • Create lesson plans which integrate cultural learning and critical thinking;
  • Reflect on, and critically analyze, their lessons.

Course 3: Teaching Grammar Communicatively

In this practice-oriented course, participants will explore how to adapt grammar instruction to meet their students’ needs. They will also focus on integrating grammar instruction with teaching language skills, varying grammar instruction to meet the needs of large, mixed ability classes, and using available technology effectively to enhance grammar learning inside and outside the classroom. Participants will discuss different challenges their learners may have with learning grammar, and discover how they can help learners use grammar to improve fluency and accuracy.

Educational Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand key issues concerning grammar acquisition;
  • Incorporate effective approaches and techniques of presenting and practicing grammar into regular teaching;
  • Plan communicative grammar lessons for large, mixed ability classes;
  • Monitor, evaluate and improve grammar lessons;
  • Give effective feedback to students;
  • Use available technology to enhance grammar learning.

Course 4: Professional Development for Teacher Trainers

This course is designed for both novice and experienced teacher trainers. Participants will develop and polish their skills and knowledge base of evidence-based methods for delivering comprehensive, engaging, and relevant teacher trainings. Learners will be introduced to methods for crafting, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training workshops so they can apply concepts and theories to the production of impactful teacher training in their local contexts.

Educational Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify what makes a teacher training workshop successful and influential to improving student outcomes;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of persuasive methods to pitch a teacher training idea to administration and colleagues;
  • Apply evaluative concepts in a reflective manner to assess and grow professionally; and
  • Create a sustainable community of practice among colleagues for continued professional growth.

Course 5: Teaching English to Young Learners

This course is designed to introduce participants to the theory and practice of teaching young learners (7-12 years old) and very young learners (under 7) in the EFL classroom. Participants will investigate approaches for teaching language within a meaningful context as well as different techniques for making language input comprehensible and encouraging student participation. They will also look at the major principles that govern language teaching based on all four skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through individual learner-centered activities, virtual collaborations and discussions, and group activities with learning teams, participants in this course will explore various aspects, from theory to practice, of teaching EFL to children.

Educational Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain and demonstrate the various EFL approaches, principles, methods and techniques appropriate for young and very young learners.
  • Select and/or adapt texts, audio and visual material, and other media appropriate for use in the
  • EFL classroom for young and very young learners;
  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate activities for teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation for young EFL learners;
  • Conduct a needs analysis, develop a learner profile, and then develop a lesson plan which would be appropriate for young and very young learners in a specific context; and
  • Develop themselves professionally in the field of TEYL by participating in a virtual community of practice and preparing materials to share in their local community of professionals.

Who can apply?

English language teaching (ELT) professionals who meet the criteria listed below are invited to apply:

  • Be a citizen of Cambodia
  • Be an English language teaching professional
  • Be dedicated and promise to complete the fully funded course valued at $1,500 per participant
  • Have strong English language reading and writing skills (minimum 550 TOEFL, or equivalent)
  • Be living in Cambodia for the entire duration of this course
  • Have regular and reliable access to high-speed internet connection
  • Be able to spend 1-2 hours online per day for the duration of the 8-week course

How to apply?

Fill out the online application form.

Application deadline: 12:00 PM, July 13, 2017

For information, please contact:
Mr. Socheat Ou
Public Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh
Phone: 023-728-248