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Projects

Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) Global Online Course

OPEN Program (2021-2022)
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of English Language Programs
Administered by FHI 360
Principal Investigator: Joan Kang Shin
Co-Principal Investigators: Anna Evmenova and Jered Borup
Graduate Research Assistants: Hyejin Yoon
Instructors: Woomee Kim, Morgan Nixon, and Virginia Doherty

GOTEC was awarded a one-year professional development grant from FHI 360 for the U.S. Department of State’s OPEN Program to deliver an 8-week Global Online Course (GOC) called Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL). This online course introduces English teaching professionals around the world to the most current methods and evidence-based approaches to teaching young learners (3-10 years old) English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL). The program will offer 10 sections of an 8-week TEYL GOC in 2021-2022 to approximately 250 English language educators.

This is a continuation of the Teaching English to Young Learners Global Online Course and MOOC project, which has served over 37,800 teachers from 114 countries since 2017.

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Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) in Saudi Arabia

OPEN Program (2021-2022)
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia
Administered by FHI 360
Principal Investigator: Joan Kang Shin
Co-Principal Investigators: Anna Evmenova and Jered Borup
Graduate Research Assistants: Hyejin Yoon and Thuy Tu
Instructors: Woomee Kim, Morgan Nixon, Heather Andrews, and Lilly LePelche

GOTEC was awarded a ten-month training grant from FHI 360 for the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Embassy to Saudi Arabia to deliver a 5-week Global Online Course (GOC) called Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL). An academic team of three faculty, four doctoral students, and two adjuncts will offer seven sections of TEYL GOC in Fall 2021, plus five weekly synchronous webinars to 200 English teacher supervisors in Saudi Arabia. In 2022, the academic team will mentor the 200 supervisors as they cascade the TEYL course as a MOOC to 5,000 English language teachers across Saudi Arabia.

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Advancing Content-Integrated Education for English Learners with a STEM Focus (Project ACE-STEM)

National Professional Development Program (2021-2026)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition
Principal Investigator: Sujin Kim
Co-Principal Investigators: Kathleen Ramos and Joan Kang Shin

GOTEC was awarded a five-year grant by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition, National Professional Development Program 2021 called the Advancing Content-Integrated Education for English Learners with a STEM Focus (Project ACE-STEM). ACE-STEM will provide a rigorous, evidence-based, and innovative professional development program to enhance Northern Virginia teachers’ content-integrated instruction with a focus on STEM. Partnering with Prince William County Public Schools, the second largest school district in Virginia with increasingly diverse EL populations, ACE-STEM will support 60 cohort teachers to obtain Virginia ESOL add-on endorsement through ESOL coursework; provide additional support for STEM-enhanced instructional capacity building for teachers through Saturday Workshops and Summer Institute programs; extend PD opportunities to 60 preservice teachers and 80 non-cohort educators through Summer Institutes; and enhance family literacy development by supporting school-community based literacy programs.

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Strengthening of English Language Secondary Education in Uzbekistan

English Speaking Nation Program (2019 – 2022)
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan
Administered by American Councils for International Education
In collaboration with the Center for International Education
Principal Investigator: Joan Kang Shin
Contributing Faculty: Rebecca Fox, Anna Evmenova, and Jered Borup
Graduate Research Assistants: Dildora Khakimova, Woomee Kim, Kelley Webb, and Hyunsun Chung

George Mason University was awarded a three-year training grant from American Councils for International Education for the U.S. Department of State, Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan for the English Speaking Nation Program. A team of four Mason faculty and two doctoral students developed and implemented an initial, baseline assessment of Uzbek public school teachers’ English language capabilities and teaching skills and wrote a Context Analysis Report submitted to American Councils and the US Embassy in Uzbekistan. A team of four Mason faculty and four doctoral students developed an 11-module online professional development program using Google Sites called Teaching English Through English (TETE) focused on enhancing Uzbek public school teachers’ English language capabilities and teaching skills and provided 17 instructional webinars through Zoom. A team of three Mason faculty and one doctoral student developed and implemented a two-week “Training-of-Trainer” program for 250 Core Trainers and Resource Peer Mentors in Uzbekistan to support these teacher leaders to cascade the TETE professional development program to approximately 15,000 English language teachers across Uzbekistan. Research and reporting to assess the effectiveness of the professional development program on Uzbek public school teachers’ growth will be conducted and reported.

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