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Amy Christensen Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious English Language Specialist Project

Apr 28, 2021

The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Amy Christensen of Central New Mexico Community College for a four-month English Language Specialist virtual project focusing on a series of webinars on the theme of “Reflecting on Teaching by Thinking, Practicing, and Doing”. The webinars are designed to help school teachers advance their professional knowledge and skills in teaching English in Vietnam and are sponored by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Training Center in Vietnam (SEAMEO RETRAC) and the American Embassy in Hanoi. Christensen is part of a select group, as her project is one of approximately 200 that the English Language Specialist Program supports each year. 

Christensen, who works as a full-time ESL/ESOL instructor in SAGE, will conduct of series of six webinars on the following topics:

  1. Shine a Light on Four Skills Integration
  2. Makeover your Grammar and Vocabulary Lessons
  3. Think Critically about Critical Thinking
  4. Trusted Technology Tips for Top-notch Teaching
  5. Use Your Superpowers to Develop New Materials
  6. Cooking as a Metaphor for Preparing Mixed Level Classes

The 100 primary, middle, and high school teachers will participate in the webinars and complete supplemental activities to reinforce the concepts presented in the webinars. 

The English Language Specialist Program is the premier opportunity for leaders in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught abroad, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with funding provided by the U.S. government. In 2021, the English Language Specialist Program celebrates its 30th anniversary. Since 1991, over 800 English Language Specialists – representing the best of America’s educators from all 50 States – have encouraged critical thought and erudition, celebrated their cultural diversity, and showcased their professional and civic engagement strategies to millions of educators and students to millions of educators and students through in-country, virtual, or mixed projects.

During their projects, English Language Specialists may conduct intensive teacher training, advise ministries of education or participate in high-level educational consultations, and offer plenary presentations at regional, national or international TESOL conferences. These projects are challenging and those selected represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. In return, the program provides professional development opportunities to help participants experience different cultures and build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers at home.

English Language Specialists are counted among the more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Specialist Program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.

For further information about the English Language Specialist Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit elprograms.org/specialist, contact us by telephone at 202-632-6452, or e-mail ECA-Press@state.gov.