Exchange_English Language Specialist/Speaker Program

To improve the teaching and learning of English around the globe through short-term (up to 6 weeks) projects.

Projects include curriculum evaluation and development, teacher training seminars, textbook development, program evaluation, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

The program
supports U.S.A.

Embassy mission goals to improve mutual understanding of U.S.

society and its instructions, to promote democratic institution building, and to assist participants to become active citizens of an international civil society.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

In the United Arab Emirates and Oman, a specialist delivered plenaries at major conferences in those two countries discussing testing and curriculum design giving recommendations for language instruction improvement within tightly controlled national English language curriculums.

In Panama, a specialist performed a needs assessment for the Panamanian Ministry of Education to determine requirements and resources available for teaching English to all Panamanian students ages 4 through 6 grade.

In Thailand and Laos, a specialist delivered plenary addresses at the Thai TESOL Convention in Bangkok, Thailand; the Lao TESOL Conference in Vientiane, Laos; and the Post Thai TESOL Convention in Khon Kaen, Thailand.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Center For Psychological Crisis Prevention (p $ 1,910   2010-09-072010-10-30
Institute For Reproductive And Family Health $ 2,252   2010-07-202010-09-15
Individual Recipient $ 27,000   2010-06-302010-06-30
New England Global Network $ 1,375   2010-06-082010-06-20
Thai Nguyen University $ 100   2010-04-052010-05-15
Centro Colombo Americano $ 2,000   2009-10-042009-12-31
Binh Duong University $ 618   2009-09-222009-12-30
Hanoi Department Of Education And Training $ 230   2009-07-022009-09-30
Individual Recipient $ 25,000   2009-05-182009-07-15
America-mideast Educational And Training Services, Inc. $ 60,329   2008-08-302009-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Not available at this time.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants awarded to U. S. academics with degrees in Teaching English as a Foreign Language/ Second Language (TEFL/TESL), Applied Linguistics, or a related field.

Applicants must have teacher training experience and preferably overseas teaching experience.

Grants specify terms and conditions to meet the educational goals proposed by the requesting U.S Embassy.

Individual grants generally include international round- trip coach-class airfare for the grantees, visa, a materials allowance, a $100 final report payment, and honorarium of U. S. $200 per day.

Expenses in the host country for domestic travel, food, and lodging are covered by the requesting U.S Embassy in conjunction with the hosting institutions.

The Bureau provides medical insurance for the duration of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Individuals with the following qualifications: (1) U.S.

citizenship at the time of application; and (2) M.A.

or Ph.D.

degree and experience in TESL/TEFL or a closely related field.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. citizens who are willing to conduct workshops, seminars, deliver lectures and provide consultation services in areas related to teaching and learning English as a foreign language for periods up to 6 weeks to meet the needs of the overseas host institution.


Individuals with the following qualifications: (1) U.S. citizenship at the time of application; and (2) M.A. or Ph.D. degree and experience in TESL/TEFL or a closely related field.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Persons who meet the eligibility requirements and who wish to receive information and be considered for a grant should contact Julia Walters, Programs Officer, Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547. Telephone: (303) 205-3636. Fax: 202-401-1250. Email: Web Site address:

Award Procedures

Final selection and approval of grantees are made by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


Recruitment is continual, depending on requests from U.S. Embassies and their constituent host institutions in the country.


Public Law 87-256, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants' information is entered into the data base of English Language Specialists and Speakers who are contacted whenever the needs arise.


Not applicable.


Specialists are eligible for projects and programs as their skills are needed or requested by U.S. Embassies. Normally, one participant is given only two assignments per academic year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to two projects per academic year; each project for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantee must provide a trip or project report within 30 days of completion of the program.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.



Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $600,000; FY 08 est not available; FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,500 to $9,000. Average: $5,500.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Advertisement at the annual Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. Conference for recruitment of applicants for the English Language Specialist/Speaker Program. Further information can be found on the Office of English Language Programs website:

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Julia Walters, Programs Officer, Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547. Telephone: (303) 205-3636. Fax: (202) 401-1250. Email:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1) The credentials of the English Language Specialist or Speaker to meet the requests from U.S. Embassies and their constituent host institutions.

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