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, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

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 Nur-Sultan (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, Nur-Sultan, 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-Nur-Sultan@state.gov

The Regional English Language Office is pleased to offer American English Live: Teacher Development 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 4 – November 13, 2019. Each 60-minute webinar will be held every other Wednesday at 8 am or 7 pm from Washington DC

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, 14KB).

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.

Now we are accepting proposals for English Language Fellow Program from the Universities of Kazakhstan for AY2020-2021. Deadline: 27 September, 2019.

Email RELO-Nur-Sultan@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-Nur-Sultan@state.gov for more information.

English Access Microscholarship Program 2019-2021

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.

The 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.

American English E-Teacher Courses:

  • Introduce and explore current methodological concepts and issues in the English as a Foreign Language field
  • Provide an innovative distance-learning experience that uses the latest technology
  • Connect participants with U.S. English language teaching experts and creates a professional network of international colleagues

Courses Offered:

  • 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 Winter 2020 (classes begin January 7, 2020)

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 Kazakhstan
  • Be living in Kazakhstan 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-Nur-Sultan@state.gov for an application and more information.

The deadline for submitting applications is October 20, 2019 at 6pm.

 

Notification of Funding Opportunity 2019

Funding Opportunity: Kazakhstan: DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ENGLISH ACCESS MICROSCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, 2019-2021

Announcement Type: Cooperative Agreement

Funding Amount: Up to $187,000 total funding for implementing Access program in up to 6 sites.  Applicants are invited to submit proposals for from one to six sites. Typically, it is approximately $31,000 per Program for one provider in one site.

CFDA: 19.421 and 19.900

Opening Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Closing Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019

Program: English Access Microscholarship

Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy

3, Koshkarbayev St., Nur-Sultan 010010

Tel.: +77172702402

RELO-Nur-Sultan@state.gov

Background:

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) is a global program supported by the U.S. Department of State. Access provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-15 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions.  Access gives participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. The program also gives participants the opportunity to gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and values. It is intended to increase their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries and improve their chances of participating in educational and exchange programs in the United States. Since its inception in 2004, approximately 120,000 students in more than 89 countries have participated in the Access Program.

Project description:

The goal of the Access Program is to equip talented students who possess a minimal knowledge of English with effective communication and critical thinking skills through meaning interaction, cooperative learning strategies, and real-life contexts.  Additionally, Access seeks to prepare students for conversational English language skills with native and non-native speakers of English through a variety of experiential learning activities. Selected participants must be bright, economically disadvantaged 13- to 15-year-old students with beginning level of English.  Participants should commit to enroll in classes during the full two-year program. Students will graduate with certificates of completion from the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan at the end of their two-year program. The Program is divided into distinct phases:

 

After-School Instruction

Access Program is a two-year program that requires a minimum of 360 hours of instruction reasonably distributed over the two-year period.  After-school instruction has been the preferred time for teaching and has generally taken place three days a week with each class lasting from one to one and a half hours per day.  It is the responsibility of the Providers to consider the schedule of the students to ensure that Access classes do not interfere with students’ regular school schedule.  Enhancement activities related to U.S. culture and values must occur regularly throughout the two years of the program, including during after-school Instruction.  Cultural Enhancement activities should be designed to provide hands-on and interactive opportunities for students to engage in discussions, games, community service, and other activities related to U.S. culture and values. Examples may include community events (celebrating U.S. holidays, e.g. Thanksgiving and/or Fourth of July events) and joint programming with participation of U.S. Embassy personnel, U.S. scholars in town (e.g. English Language Fellows, English Teaching Assistants, Fulbright Students and/or Peace Corps volunteers), English language intensive sessions, leadership training, etc. Access Programs should also include computer instruction to complement English language classes and enhancement activities. Computer classes, multimedia learning, or social media activities during after-school Instruction and/or intensive sessions should be included in the proposal.

 

Intensive Sessions

Intensive Sessions are often two-week-long summer programs that include more instruction hours per week than the After-school program.  These sessions are included in the 360 hours of required instruction. Hours of instruction during Intensive Sessions may not exceed 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. Intensive sessions should combine English language instruction with U.S. cultural activities such as drama, computers, art, music, or games and sports, or even civic responsibility projects, leadership and teamwork training, or tolerance programs. Access Program intensive sessions are an important activity which can supplement, initiate, or conclude a student’s two-year English language programming.  All intensive sessions should provide students with a window on U.S. culture and values, and their activities as much as possible should incorporate invited speakers (e.g. U.S. exchanges alumni, Embassy personnel, and other native and non-native English-speaking partners, etc.).

 

Community Service Activities

Access students should also be involved in community service activities to increase their awareness of issues facing their respective communities while also gaining an understanding of the ways they can positively contribute to civil society.   In-Country Educational Service Provider: Roles and Responsibilities

Proposal Eligibility Requirements:

Proposals may be submitted by Kazakhstan or U.S. based organizations.

 

Number of providers:

The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to split the project between providers.

Project implementation location:

The project implementation location should include cities and towns throughout Kazakhstan. Regional projects should be coordinated with local oblast educational authorities. (Applicants should take note of the Department of State’s Kazakhstan Travel Warning and programming should not take place in areas where grant monitoring is not possible due to security considerations).

 

Design requirements:

The classes should be planned during the after-school hours not to conflict with students’ regular class hours. The participants must be bright, economically disadvantaged 13-15 year-old students. Classes should be organized both by age groups (within a few years age difference) and language proficiency levels, with 12-15 students per class. The grantee should clearly define its criteria of “economically disadvantaged youth.” The general guideline is to target young students whose families will not be able to afford private English classes.

 

Estimated project duration:

Two (2) academic years with minimum 180 hours of instruction per year (360 hours for the two-year period). Intensive sessions should be included in the 180 hours of instruction required per year.  Start date of the projects is January 2020

 

Technical and infrastructure requirements:

The provider must specify the location(s) of the Access program and space that will be used for the classes and activities. The provider must either provide verification that the space belongs to the grantee or a written agreement with the holder of the space. The space must have seating for the students; it must have a blackboard/whiteboard, power outlet, heating (for the winter months), and minimal sanitary requisites. The space should also have a computer class with internet capability (or the grantee should consider providing for this separately).

Functional requirements:

  1. The provider is responsible for setting criteria for and identifying “economically disadvantaged youth” to be enrolled in the program. The provider is required to produce midterm and final performance reports. The provider should monitor students’ attendance and performance.
  2. The provider is responsible for creating a highly effective and innovative method for recruiting new Access teachers. This outreach would include, but not be limited to contacting local state education offices, private language schools and use of social media.
  3. post the highlights on activities on the shared Facebook group
  4. Connect the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program and other USG Alumni to Access with the goal of having one FLEX student attached to every Access group in Kazakhstan.
  5. The provider is responsible for maintaining a database of Access alumni.
  6. Work closely with the National Access Alumni Network team to create activities for the community.

 

Assumptions and agreements:

The provider should reach students in various locations throughout Kazakhstan during this program. The budget per student should be under $1,2000 for the two-year period.  If a provider would like to run the entire six cities, the total cost should not exceed $187,000. Proposals that are cost-effective and include significant cost-share will be given priority.

Submission information:

The proposals should be submitted to the Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan electronically to RELO-Nur-Sultan@state.gov . Deadline for submission is November 10, 2019.

Basis for award of the grant:

The grantee should be an established institution or a non-governmental organization (NGO) with at least 3 years of experience in administering educational programs and/or teaching English, preferably to the target age group. The grantee must have access to an established core of English instructors willing to commit their time to this project. The grantee must identify the location(s) and venue(s) that will be used for this program (verified with a document/preliminary agreement) and will be responsible for recruiting students, and in consultation with the Regional English Language Office at the U.S. Embassy, developing the curriculum. Organizations with previous experience and a capacity of working with educational institutions on a national level will be given priority.

 

Format of the proposal:

  • Narrative: A narrative document, no longer than five pages, that describes the program in detail is required. This document should include: 1) a description of the grantee organization including resume and previous experience, 2) the description of Access Program location(s), methodology, English language intensive sessions, cultural enhancement components, student selection criteria and process, age range of students, materials used, number of teachers, and grantee cost-sharing.

 

  • Budget: The budget spreadsheet should include all program costs. Categories include a breakdown of costs for the two-year program (e.g. instruction, books/materials, transportation, administration, and cultural enhancement components), the total number of students to be enrolled, the start and end dates for instruction, the number of hours of instruction students will receive per week and year, and the type of program (e.g. after-school, weekend, full-time, or English language intensive sessions).  Intensive sessions must be listed as a separate row of the Budget Spreadsheet, with a complete cost breakdown.  A breakdown of any cost-sharing by the grantee should be submitted in a separate spreadsheet.

 

Additional Requirements for Organizations:

 

All organizations applying to receive Federal assistance must have a Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), a CCR (NCAGE) number, and an active account with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) before an award can be made.

 

Dun &Bradstreet DUNS – A DUNS number may be acquired at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or requesting on-line at www.dnb.com.

The DUNS number is a nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc.

(D&B) to uniquely identify business entities.  All organizations applying for U.S. government grant funds must have a DUNS number.  To obtain a DUNS number, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/pages/CCRSearch.jsp.
  2. Select the country where your organization is physically located. Complete and submit the form.  Organizations will need to provide basic information, including physical and mailing addresses, name and title of the chief executive, primary Standard

Industrial Code (SIC), and annual revenue.  Typically, organizations can complete this process in one day and have a DUNS number emailed to them.  For technical difficulties in obtaining this number, please contact D&B at:  govt@dnb.com.

 

System for Award Management (SAM) – SAM is a U.S.-government wide registry of vendors doing business with the U.S. federal government and requires annual renewal.  The system centralizes information about grant applicants/recipients, and provides a central location for grant applicants/recipients to change organizational information.  More information about SAM.gov and useful guides for setting-up a new account, updating an existing account, or renewing an expired account can be found at: https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/Pages/SAMInfo.aspx

Foreign-based applicants are strongly encouraged to review these guides when creating an account with SAM.gov.  Further, applicants must maintain an active account, with current information, while its application is under consideration for funding.  To keep an active SAM.gov account, Applicants must renew it at least once each year.  If an account expires, the Organization cannot submit a grant application until it is renewed.

To create a new account, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to http://www.sam.gov.
  2. Select Create User Account, and then select Create an Account on the left-hand side of the screen under Individual Account Details.  Organizations must have DUNS number and a CAGE number (US Domestic Organizations) or a NCAGE number (Foreign Organizations), to create an account.
  1. Complete and submit the online form. If the applying organization already has the necessary information on hand (see the SAM User Guide), the online form takes approximately one hour to complete, depending upon the size and complexity of the applying entity.  Because of the different steps in the process, it can take anywhere from three to fourteen days to complete the process of creating an account with the system.

For help with SAM.gov, please visit their support page at: https://www.fsd.gov

or contact them at: (+1) 334-206-7828.

Authority: Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Public Law 87-195, as amended.  The purpose of the Act is “to enable the Government of the United States to promote the foreign policy, security, and general welfare of the United States by assisting peoples of the world in their efforts toward economic development and internal and external security, and for other purposes.” The funding authority for the program above is provided through legislation.

ANTICIPATED TIMELINE

November 10, 2019:  Application Deadline

December 2019:  Notification of successful applicants begins.

Additional information:

For additional information or clarification please contact the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section program coordinator at +7717702402 and RELO-Nur-Sultan@state.gov

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-Nur-Sultan@state.gov
Address: 010010, Rakhymzhan Koshkarbayev Avenue, No. 3.
U.S. Embassy, Nur-Sultan, 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, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan