The Regional English Language Office (RELO), part of the Public Affairs section of the United States Embassy in Pakistan, supports public diplomacy outreach through professional development opportunities for English language teachers and learners throughout Pakistan.
The RELO works through the Public Affairs Sections of the US Embassy and US Consulates to create and implement projects and programs related to English language teaching methodology by providing training opportunities, expertise and materials. The RELO Office in Pakistan is one of 25 such offices around the world and is coordinated by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs.
Regional English Language Programs
English Language Specialist Program. The English Language Specialist Program recruits U.S. academics in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) / Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Applied Linguistics for short-term assignments to Pakistan. These assignments may include curriculum projects, teacher training seminars, textbook development, English for Specific Purposes, and program evaluation. Please contact the RELO office if your institution or association is interested in organizing an English Language Specialist program.
E-Teacher Scholarship Program.The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers online, graduate level classes to 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), English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Best Practices and English as a Foreign Language Assessment
English Access Microscholarship Program.The Access Program provides a foundation of English language skills along with personal development to talented 13- to 18 year-old Pakistani students from disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive summer sessions. The Access program includes a minimum of 360 hours of instruction over two years. Since its inception in 2004, over 150,000 students in more than 80 countries have participated in the Access Program. Access Alumni in Pakistan have demonstrated their leadership skills by starting NGOs, launching schools, attending higher education, and starting their own business.
English Works! Program. The English Works! Program is an intensive, 240-hour English and employability skills development course for un- and under employed 17 – 25 year-old Pakistanis. This six-month program was designed specifically for Pakistan, and has so far benefitted 1,560 youth from underserved communities. Currently there are 11 programs running for 1,100 students at various locations in Pakistan.
English Language Teaching Materials
American English Website. American English is a one-stop shop for teaching and learning English and finding out about American culture.
English Teaching Forum. Forum is a quarterly journal for professionals teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language, published by the Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Virtual Professional Development Programs
American English E-Teacher Program. The American English E-Teacher Program offers foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to take innovative, online university-level classes and online professional development programming for teachers through FHI360. The American English E-Teacher Program is open to all Pakistani English teachers currently residing and teaching in Pakistan. The program is open to competitive applications to be submitted directly by the interested ELT professionals, and the Regional English Language Office (RELO) announces open competitive application process for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions every year. Interested English language professionals in Pakistan should follow the RELO Pakistan Facebook page in order to stay updated on the upcoming virtual professional development opportunities and the selection and nomination of candidates.
The AE E-Teacher MOOCs are freely open for any interested participants. For more information about AE E-Teacher MOOCs, please visit the AE E-Teacher Program website https://www.aeeteacher.org/MOOC.
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.