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English Language Programs


English Language Programs
U.S. Embassy, Astana, Kazakhstan
Address: Rakhymzhan Koshkarbayev Avenue, No. 3., 010010
Phone numbers: + 7 7172 70 24 02; + 7 7172 70 21 17


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.

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.


English Language Programs coordinate the distribution of U.S. government-produced ELT and American studies books, maps and CDs.

The American English Webinar Live –  American English Live Series 17—six free professional development webinars for English language teachers around the world—begins on May 17, 2023. Together, we’ll explore how to develop critical thinking skills and learn about inclusive teaching practices in the ELT classroom. You can complete a short quiz at the end of each webinar to earn a digital participation badge! The series will take place from May 17 – July 26, 2023. These 60-minute sessions will be held every other Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. ET from Washington, D.C. (check http://timeanddate.com  for the local time in your region). Participants can join the sessions by viewing the live posts at the above times here:  https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishforEducators/ 

Though not mandatory, registration is encouraged. Registered participants will receive email reminders with links to pre-session readings and online discussions. Here is the link for registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23WS17 

Certificate: US Mission does not issue an e-certificate for the participants

The OPEN Program Global Online Courses (https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/OPEN-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). Please be informed that, application deadline is June 26th, 2023 and there are limited number of slots for participation for Kazakhstan.  For more detailed information on currently offered courses and course content click here.
If you are interested in participating in this program register 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.