Regional English Language Office

The Regional English Language Office (RELO), part of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America in Nur-Sultan, conducts public diplomacy outreach through English language teaching and training in the five Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

The RELO 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 office in Nur-Sultan is one of 25 such offices around the world. Its work is coordinated by the Office of English Language Programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington, D.C.

RELO flyer (PDF, 117KB)

Contact 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
E-mail address: RELO-Nur-Sultan@state.gov

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, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan 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 Regional English Language Office (RELO) supports English Teaching and Training programs in five Central Asian countries and conducts a wide variety of activities related to training, methodology, specialists, and materials.

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.

ELF Host Institution Guidelines

English Language Specialist Program, a program within the U.S. Department of State English Language Programs Office, provides  teacher training programs with host institutions in Central Asia ranging from two weeks to four months. The Specialists work 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 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.

English Access Program provides a foundation of English language skills to motivated economically disadvantaged teenagers through two years of after school instruction and intensive summer 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 200,000 students in more than 82 countries have participated in the Access Program. The program is implemented through the local providers. If you are interested in participating as the provider, please contact the RELO Central Asia.

The Regional English Language Office coordinates the distribution of U.S. government-produced ELT and American studies books, maps and CDs.

The American English Webinar Live Series is hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This professional development program for English teachers around the globe addresses methodological topics that foster interactive, student-centered language instruction. Click here to get the current Webinar schedule and registration link.

The OPEN Program Global Online Courses (former E-Teacher Program) offers Kazakhstani English teaching professionals the opportunity to take innovative, online university-level classes and online professional development programming for teachers through FHI 360. The courses explore major areas of the academic specialty of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). If you are interested in participating in this program, contact the Regional English Language Office.  For more detailed information on currently offered courses and course content click here.

MOOC: The OPEN Program offers free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are open to an unlimited number of participants. Some MOOCs are 5 weeks, and some are longer. Each MOOC is preceded by an optional orientation module. Click the link for more information about each course, and to enroll.

English Teaching FORUM Magazine is produced by the Washington DC Office of English Language Programs.  It has articles by and for teachers of English worldwide. The quarterly English Teaching Forum, is a response to a need for theoretical and practical solutions and suggestions in the ELT field. Current and past issues of FORUM are available on-line at: https://americanenglish.state.gov/forum. New and experienced authors are encouraged to contribute their articles: Guidelines for Submissions.  

American English Microscholarship Online is a website that provides resources for teaching and learning English and American culture. The website is updated bi-monthly and provides cutting edge resources teachers can easily adapt in their own classrooms or learners can use for self-study. Free, downloadable content is also available.

RELO Facebook page: Visit the RELO Central Asia facebook page for the updates, announcements on the programs. Follow us to stay connected with educators from Central Asia and beyond.

Small Grant Request Guidelines

The Regional English Language Office at the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan, through the Public Affairs Sections in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, 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.