The Regional English Language Office (RELO) is part of the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Pakistan. RELO Pakistan supports public diplomacy outreach through professional development and English language learning opportunities for English language teachers and learners throughout Pakistan.
RELO Pakistan works with local and U.S.-based partners as well as alumni to build stronger links between Pakistan and the U.S. through programming that focuses on improving English language skills. Other areas addressed through this programming include vocational, cross-cultural, critical thinking, and information technology skills.
Regional English Language Programs
The English Language Specialist Program recruits U.S. academics in the fields of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Applied Linguistics for short-term virtual and in-person assignments to Pakistan. These assignments may include curriculum projects, professional development workshops, textbook development, English for Specific Purposes, and program evaluation. Please contact RELO Pakistan if your institution or association is interested in getting support from an English Language Specialist.
Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program. The OPEN Program offers online university-level classes and online professional development programming for English teaching professionals in Pakistan through the various universities in the United States. Courses include, but are not limited to: Critical Thinking in the EFL (English as a Foreign Language), Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL), Professional Development for Teacher Trainers, and Assessment of English Language Learners.
The English Access Microscholarship Program provides a foundation of English language, cross-cultural, leadership, and critical thinking skills to talented teenage Pakistani students from disadvantaged communities. The program includes a minimum of 360 hours of virtual and/or in-person instruction over two years. Since its inception in 2004, over 20,000 students in Pakistan have graduated from the program, joining over 150,000 Access alumni in more than 80 countries.
The English Works! Program is an intensive 240-hour English and employability skills development course for un-employed and under-employed 17 – 25 year-old Pakistanis. This six-month program is tailored to Pakistan’s vocational landscape and courses are offered virtually and/or in-person. Over 1,500 deserving youth from underserved communities have graduated from the program.
English Language Teaching Materials
The American English Website is a one-stop shop for teaching and learning English and exploring American culture. Multi-media content includes dozens of recorded webinars for teachers and downloadable articles, games, puzzles, and activities.
The English Teaching Forum Journal is a quarterly journal that is available online and in print. Content is written by educators, for educators, and includes practical suggestions for immediate classroom use. Additional sections include post-reading questions for professional development and profiles of English teaching classrooms around the globe.
Online Programs for Teachers and Learners
The Online Professional English Network (OPEN; formerly known as E-Teacher) is a suite of online professional development and English language learning options for teachers and learners that includes scholarship-based Global Online Courses (GOCs), American English Live webinars, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for teachers and learners.
The competitive Scholarship Program offers online graduate level classes to English teaching professionals through various universities in the United States. Courses include Integrating Critical Thinking, Teaching Grammar Communicatively, Using Educational Technology in the Classroom, Teaching English to Young Learners, Professional Development for Teacher Trainers, Content-based Instruction, TESOL Methodology, and Assessment of English Language Learners. Additional courses tailored to Pakistan’s specific needs are also offered.
Follow the RELO Pakistan Facebook page for details on upcoming American English Live webinars, MOOCs, and scholarship opportunities.
Other Exchange Programs
Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program. The TEA Program provides outstanding Pakistani secondary school teachers of English with a six-week academic program at a U.S. university graduate school of education.
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. The Fulbright FLTA Program provides young Pakistani teachers of English with the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American cultures and customs while strengthening the instruction of Urdu, Pashto, Punjabi, and other regional languages at colleges and universities in the United States.