OPEN Program for Spring 2021

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that the OPEN Program for Spring 2021 (formerly E-Teacher) is open for applications until January 18. This program is for new English teachers and teacher trainers and provides current methodologies for teaching English learners of different ages in many learning contexts.

Application forms should be sent via email toTunisELprograms@state.gov no later than January 18.

Course Overview : Methology for TESOL

This course is delivered by the University of Maryland Baltimore County

This course is designed to provide participants with current methodologies for teaching English learners (ELs) of different ages in many learning contexts. Participants will discuss and practice a wide variety of strategies and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). While exploring best practices for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including grammar and vocabulary, participants will learn how to create an effective and communicative language classroom for all learners. In addition, participants will examine what best practices means in the context of teaching English in the 21st century, where English is an international language, and the use of English incorporates modern technologies.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should be highly motivated teachers, teacher trainers, or ministry officials who are both dedicated to their own professional development and willing to share their knowledge with colleagues.

Qualified candidates should:

  • Be a Tunisian citizen and reside in Tunisia at the time of the course
  • Not hold dual citizenship in the United States
  • Have the ability to complete academic work at a U.S. university level (CEFR  approximately B2)
  • Have at least 8-10 hours per week to devote to coursework
  • Have regular access (4-5 times per week) to a reliable, internet-enabled device
  • Have an understanding of English technical terms
  • Have 5 years or less teaching or teacher training experience
  • Have basic technology skills related to creating usernames and passwords, using credentials to log in to secured websites, using email, searching the internet, and accessing and managing electronic files (e.g., pdf, MS Word, Excel), including downloading and uploading files.
  • Have the ability to type in English well enough to participate in online discussions and submit written assignments in a timely manner