Regional English Language Office

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The Regional English Language Office, part of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America in Astana, conducts public diplomacy outreach through English language teaching and training in the five Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, UzbekistanTurkmenistan.

The Regional English Language Office cooperates with Ministries of Education, teachers’ associations, universities, schools and English language teaching (ELT) professionals on a variety of educational and cultural exchange programs and projects in order to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of Central Asia and the United States.

The Regional English Language Office is committed to improving English language teaching quality through curriculum development, materials development and professional development opportunities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. The Office works with Ministries of Education and higher education institutes on curriculum development and reform and with English Language Fellows, English Language Specialists , alumni of U.S.-sponsored programs and other key contacts on materials development projects. The Office helps build stronger in-service training programs through the Ministry of Education, non-governmental organizations and universities, and supports pre-service training programs in partnership with pedagogical faculties and institutions.

The Office works through the Public Affairs Sections of the five Central Asian U.S. Embassies to create and implement projects and programs related to English language teaching by providing training opportunities, expertise and materials. The Astana Office is one of 21 such offices around the world and coordinated by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs.

Request for support and more information:

RELO Office, U.S. Embassy, Astana, Kazakhstan
Address: Rakhymzhan Koshkarbayev Avenue, No. 3.,  010010
Phone numbers: + 7 7172 70 24 02; + 7 7172 70 21 17
Fax: + 7 7172 70 23 88
E-mail address: RELO-Astana@state.gov

The Regional English Language Office is pleased to offer American English Webinar Series 6. The 6 online seminars of the course cover a variety of topics and are intended for teachers of English or future teachers of English around the world. Participants who attend 4 out of the 6 webinars will receive e-certificates. Participants are encouraged to join the associated Ning (http://americanenglishwebinars.com) to participate in discussions, view or download video and other materials from the sessions, and access recordings of the webinars.

The series will take place from September 5 – November 14, 2018. Each 60-minute webinar will be held every other Wednesday at 6 p.m or 11 p.m. by Kazakhstani Time zone (The last session’s time will be changed, please see the schedule)

These sessions will primarily be shared with participants via the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishforEducators)

Digital Badges

Digital badges will be issued at the end of each event. Participants will be prompted to enter their information via a link at the end of each session. The link will have questions about the session and prompts for participants to enter their contact information.

To answer the required digital badge questions, you will need to watch the entire event.

You can find the detailed schedule here (DOC, 16KB).

English Language Fellow Program

The English Language Fellow Program places American English-language teaching professionals in universities, ministries of education, and other institutions throughout Central Asia for ten months.  Fellows in Central Asia work with their hosts as well as the local and regional ELT community to create and implement courses, materials, curriculums, and training programs that build stronger connections between the host and U.S. culture.

Email RELO-Astana@state.gov for more information on how to apply.

English Language Specialist Program

The English Language Specialist Program works with U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to organize teacher training programs with host institutions in Central Asia ranging from two weeks to four months.  Specialists work on topics such as Curriculum Design and Evaluation, Teacher Training, Textbook Development, or English for Specific Purposes.

We accept requests for English Language Specialists year-round.

Email RELO-Astana@state.gov for more information.

English Access Microscholarship Program 2018-2020

The two-year English Access Microscholarship Program (Access Program) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-14 year-olds from socially disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions.  The Access Program gives participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States. Since its inception in 2004, approximately 110,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the Access Program.

American English E-Teacher Program

The American English E-Teacher Program offers 8-week, online university-level courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) developed by U.S. educational institutions to English teaching professionals.

What courses are available?

  • Using Educational Technology
  • Critical Thinking in the Classroom
  • Teaching Grammar Communicatively
  • Teaching English to Young Learners (under 12 years old)
  • Content Based Instruction
  • TESOL Methodology
  • Professional Development for Teacher Trainers

When do the classes start?

We are accepting applications for Spring 2019 (classes begin April 2, 2019)

Who can apply?
Candidates must

  • Be an English language professional
  • Have strong English language reading and writing skills (minimum 525 TOEFL, 70 iBT, or CEFR B2)
  • Be a citizen of the country in which you are living
  • Be living in your country for the entire duration of the AE E-Teacher term
  • Have regular and reliable access to high-speed internet connection
  • Be able to spend 10 to 12 hours online each week for the duration of the 8-week course
  • Be willing to be enrolled in a second or third course, if your primary choice is unavailable

How do I apply?

Contact us at RELO-Astana@state.gov  for an application and more information.
The deadline for submitting applications is January 8, 2019 at 6 p.m.

The Regional English Language Office coordinates and distributes a range of resources and materials offered by the Office of English Language Programs that support high-quality English language instruction worldwide. The American English Website contains a range of books, music and audio files, maps, videos, and CDs produced by the Department of State. Free, downloadable content is also available.

English Teaching FORUM is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal for classroom teachers, written by English-language teachers, which has been published since 1962 and is distributed by the RELO office.  Current and past issues are available online. New and experienced authors are encouraged to write for Forum. If you are interested in submitting an article, you can view the Guidelines for Submissions.

The RELO office also collaborates with local authors to create region-specific materials that address key ELT and cross-cultural issues.

Request for support and more information:

Phone numbers: + 7 7172 70 21 17
Fax: + 7 7172 70 23 88
E-mail address: RELO-Astana@state.gov
Address: 010010, Rakhymzhan Koshkarbayev Avenue, No. 3.
U.S. Embassy, Astana, Kazakhstan

Small Grant Request Guidelines

The Regional English Language Office at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, through the Public Affairs Sections in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan and the Office of English Language Programs, provides a limited number of grants on a very competitive basis to support professional development opportunities in the field of English Language teaching in Central Asia. Amounts range from $500 to $5000. Grants are typically used to:

  • Help start, support or expand English Language Teachers’ Associations in Central Asia
  • Develop English language teaching materials that build a better understanding of Central Asian and American cultures
  • Support unique professional development projects that have a deep and lasting impact on the English language teaching community; projects include work in the areas of curriculum development and assessment
  • Contribute to travel expenses for participants of regional, national and, in special circumstances, international conferences related to English language teaching.

USG Exchange Program Alumni are eligible to apply for English Language Office grants. However, we strongly recommend applicants also consider visiting Almuni page. Grant requests are considered year-round and are considered only if they:

  • Address an important advancement in the field of English language teaching, especially in the context of regional and national needs in the field
  • Have a long-term impact that will support the development of English Language Teaching in the country
  • Show expected results that will affect a wider audience other than the grantee(s)
  • Include cost-sharing
  • Are unique, creative, and show excellent rationale for funding

Project Grants should include:

  • Name of the project that is being proposed
  • Brief description of the nature of the project
  • Rationale for the project
  • Timeframe for the project
  • Name and backgrounds of the participants in the project (brief CV for the project coordinator/s)
  • List of any previous grants received from the US Government
  • Information on any exchange program in which applicants participated
  • List of any pervious travel to the US (reasons for the travel)
  • Description of the expected results of the project
  • Description of project’s impact on region or country
  • Evaluation component
  • Budget and cost-sharing details (equipment, space, travel, supplies, etc.)

Travel Grants should include:

  • Name of the main event for which the travel is needed
  • Description of the nature of the event
  • Description of the expected audience at the event
  • Name and/or description of some of the key presenters or participants at the event
  • Name of the location of the main event
  • Name of all travelers to be included in the grant
  • Brief CVs showing relevant information regarding the traveler’s credentials for participating in the main event
  • List of any previous grants received from the US Government
  • List of any pervious travel to the US (reasons for the travel)
  • Information on any exchange program in which applicants participated
  • Description of the level of participation of all travelers in the proposed event(s)
  • Brief summary or abstract of what the travelers will present
  • Copy of any acceptance required for participation in the proposed event(s)
  • Description the expected results of participating in the proposed event(s)
  • Explanation of how the traveler’s participation will affect his or her work, study or research
  • Explanation of how the traveler(s) will share the information gleaned from the event(s) with his or her colleagues on his or her return
  • Budget that reflects cost-sharing on the part of the traveler
  • Agreement that a final written evaluation report and budget will be submitted to the RELO within 30 days upon the end of the travel.

Request for support and more information:

Phone numbers: + 7 7172 70 21 17

Fax: + 7 7172 70 23 88

E-mail address: RELO-Astana@state.gov

Address: 010010, Rakhymzhan Koshkarbayev Avenue, No. 3.,

U.S. Embassy, Astana, Kazakhstan