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English Study and Exchange Opportunities offered by the United States Embassy in Nicaragua


Professional Development for Teacher Trainers: October 15 – November 19, 2018
Orientation Module opens October 8

About this course:

The Professional Development for Teacher Trainers MOOC is provided by Arizona State University, as part of the American English (AE) E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by FHI 360.

This MOOC, designed for both new and experienced teachers, gives participants methods for creating, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training workshops. You will gain tools and techniques for promoting professional development in your teaching context. Through participation in this course, you will develop your skills for delivering engaging and relevant teacher trainings.

Participants who earn 70% or higher will receive a digital badge as a mark of completion.

Pre-course orientation module:

An orientation module opens 1 week before the start of the course, on October 8, 2018. This short guide will help you get the most out of the online learning environment by providing an introduction to the AE E-Teacher program, MOOCs, using the Canvas Network learning management system, online learning success strategies, and how to find support during the course. We strongly encourage participants to complete this module before beginning the course.

Accessing the course:

This course will be offered between October 15, 2018 and November 19, 2018.

Sign up here: www.aeeteacher.org/MOOC

Course materials:

All created content you will see in this course is licensed CC BY 4.0. This means that anything you see that is marked CC BY 4.0 can be reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed by you in your school or community.

Dates to Remember:

  • September 24, 2018: Registration opens
  • October 8, 2018: Orientation module opens
  • October 15, 2018: Course begins
  • October 22, 2018: Registration closes. No new participants may enroll after this date.

E-Teacher Scholarship Program
Course: Teaching English to Young Learners

The United States Embassy in Managua is pleased to announce the online course Teaching English to Young Learners TEYL for primary school English language teachers. The course will be delivered by George Mason University from July 03-August 29, 2018. The program will provide 20 primary school teachers from Nicaragua with the opportunity to develop and enhance their teaching skills. Participants in this course need to dedicate a minimum of ten hours a week.

Course Overview

This online course is designed to introduce participants to the theory and practice of teaching young learners (7-12 years old) and very young learners (under 7) in the EFL classroom. Participants will investigate approaches for teaching language within a meaningful context as well as different techniques for making language input comprehensible and encouraging student participation. They will also look at the major principles that govern language teaching based on all four skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through individual learner-centered activities, virtual collaborations and discussions, and group activities with learning teams, participants in this course will explore various aspects, from theory to practice, of teaching EFL to children.

Educational Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain and demonstrate the various EFL approaches, principles, methods and techniques appropriate for young and very young learners.
  • Select and/or adapt texts, audio and visual material, and other media appropriate for use in the
  • EFL classroom for young and very young learners;
  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate activities for teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation for young EFL learners;
  • Conduct a needs analysis, develop a learner profile, and then develop a lesson plan which would be appropriate for young and very young learners in a specific context; and
  • Develop themselves professionally in the field of TEYL by participating in a virtual community of practice and preparing materials to share in their local community of professionals.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently teaching English in primary school
  • Advance level of English
  • Access to the Internet

Applications Closed

Program Overview

The English Access Microscholarship Program will provide English language instruction to 120 high school students from the Pacific Coast and 90 from the Caribbean Coast, (ages 13 -16) from economically disadvantaged families in Nicaragua. The program will target students who have excelled academically yet have limited opportunities to study English within their communities.

This program will give teachers the opportunity to be part of a committed and professional team. Teachers will learn and share best practices in English teaching and grow professionally. Also, this experience will strengthen their opportunities to participate successfully in their community’s socioeconomic development and also apply for future U.S. educational and exchange programs. In addition, the participants will become familiar with many aspects of U.S. culture and thus develop a deeper understanding of current issues in U.S. society.

Cities where the program is available

Pacific Coast

The program will serve the cities of Managua, Ometepe Island, and San Juan de Oriente. The program is implemented by Centro Cultural Nicaragüense Norteamericano and financed by the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua.

Caribbean Coast

The program will serve the cities of Bilwi, Bluefields, Corn Island and Pearl Lagoon. The program is implemented by the Foundation for Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC) and financed by the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua.

The Access Program is currently seeking qualified English Teachers in the above- mentioned cities to start classes on March 19, 2018. Classes will be held Monday through Friday for 2 hours per day over a 2-year period.

Eligibility Requirement

  • English Teaching Degree or related field
  • At least 3 years of experience teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language
  • Advanced proficiency of English
  • Completed application with a statement of purpose

Selection Process

Participants will be selected through an open, merit-based competition. Top candidates will be interviewed for final selection. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Complete Application Includes:

  • Complete Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  • One page essay discussing why you want to teach in the Access Program (in English)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from individuals who can evaluate your work (for example: a former employer or colleague; a family member may not write the recommendation)

Please send your application to:

Pacific Coast

For further information, please contact Eddy Alvarado (Access Program Coordinator) at: 2278-1284 Ext. 22 Mobile: 7801-9281

Applications Closed

Program Overview

The Embassy of the United States in Managua is pleased to announce ASSETS (Ambassador’s Scholarship for English Teachers), a scholarship program to train English language teachers at Teacher Training Costa Rica, SA at Centro Espiral Mana in Costa Rica where they will earn World Learning’s SIT TESOL CERTIFICATE.

Program Requirements

In order to be accepted into the Certificate course, applicants must:

  1. Possess a high school diploma.
  2. Have 3 years teaching experience.
  3. Demonstrate a clear interest in teaching ESOL and have taught for at least three years.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to plan both productive and receptive skill lessons based on a chosen framework or set of criteria.
  5. Have an ability to focus on student learning and reflect upon the impact of one’s own teaching.
  6. Have a positive attitude regarding experiential activities and working in groups. This means that you are not only willing to fully participate in such activities, but also recognize the value in doing so.
  7. Demonstrate English language proficiency (CI level on the CEF or TOEFL 550 non-native speakers) Finalists will be tested and results will be confidential and only be shared with the applicant.
  8. Complete a short essay.
  9. Complete an interview. (Finalists only).
  10. Be a Nicaraguan citizen residing in Nicaragua.
  11. Have little or no previous experience traveling abroad.
  12. Be under 45 years old at the time of the training.
  13. Submit a Resume. (Word or a PDF)
  14. Submit One letter of recommendation – optional. (Word or PDF)
  15. Submit a completed application form (see below).

Program Description

The embassy of the United States in Nicaragua is offering a scholarship program to benefit 100 Nicaraguan teachers of English so that they obtain a TESOL certificate at Centro Espiral Mana, located in Costa Rica, which is a licensed provider of the prestigious TESOL Certificate Course from World Learning’s School of International Training (SIT).

World Learning’s SIT TESOL Certificate course is an intensive 180-hour ESL/EFL teacher training course which provides participants with the skills and confidence needed to succeed in the language classroom and with professional knowledge and skills in TESOL as well as tools for their personal growth as teachers.  Practical training will be offered through teaching demonstrations, lesson planning and analysis, practice teaching, and feedback.  Participants will develop skills in English teaching, speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and culture.  The course begins with a brief look at second language acquisition through the eyes of a language learner.  Participants will analyze their lessons daily with SIT trainers, and examine specific teaching areas relevant to adult learners.

The SIT TESOL Certificate is recognized worldwide and focuses on three main areas:

  • Learning: Participants engage in a language-learning experience in order to explore the relationship between language learning, teaching, and aspects of second language acquisition from the point of view of the learner. This experience provides the foundation for the examination of teaching practices.
  • Teaching: Through experiential activities, teaching demonstrations, discussions, lesson planning, materials development, and readings, participants examine the theory and practice of planning, teaching, grammar, culture, and assessing lessons in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • Classroom Practices: Participants put their new knowledge and skills into practice through daily teaching sessions. Trainers observe and facilitate feedback sessions after these lessons. Participants learn to reflect on and evaluate their own teaching as well as to examine the teaching of their peers.

Through this program, the government of the United States and the U.S. embassy in Managua aim to contribute to the improvement of education, employment and prosperity in Nicaragua.

Applications may only be submitted ONE time. Be sure to look over the application and have all materials available when applying.

In addition to the application form, please submit a resume in PDF or Word format. A letter of recommendation may also be submitted but is optional. Please save the file with your first and last name followed by ‘resume’ or ‘recommendation.’ Email to: ManaguaIRC@state.gov and put ‘ASSETS Application’ in the subject line. Please include teaching conferences and workshops attended (NicaTESOL, ANPI, etc.) on the resume.

For any questions, please email ManaguaIRC@state.gov and put ‘ASSETS Question’ in the subject line.

Applications Closed

Program Overview

The U.S. Embassy in Managua announces the eighth offering of its acclaimed E-Teacher online courses that train Nicaraguan English language professionals in the latest U.S. methods of teaching language teaching via distance education. Tuition and materials will be covered by the Mission.


  1. Introduction to Pedagogy and Practices for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Methods)
  2. Building Teaching Skills through the Interactive Web (Web Skills)
  3. Practical Applications in Language and Learning Skills (PALSS)
  4. English for Specific Purposes, Aligning Context with Practices and Materials (ESP)
  5. Special Education and Differentiated Instruction in EFL Contexts (SpEd EFL)
  6. Teaching English to Pre-teens and Teens (TEPT)
  7. Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)
  8. Summative and Formative Assessment in Language Learning and Teaching (Assessment)
  9. Critical Thinking in Language Learning and Teaching (CT)


Candidates should be in-service Nicaraguan teacher trainers or teachers who are working, or plan to work, with one of the nine subjects covered by the courses. They should be highly motivated individuals who are dedicated both to their own professional development and to sharing the knowledge gained with colleagues through workshops or professional presentations. Candidates should also be committed to fulfilling the program requirements (dedicating on average 8-10 hours of work per week) and completing the course. In addition, candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • The ability to complete academic work at a U.S. university level (an advanced level of reading and writing in English, roughly equivalent to a TOEFL score of 525 or IBT score of 70)
  • An understanding of English technical terms relating to computers and the Internet
  • Consistent and reliable access to the Internet
  • A good command of the necessary vocabulary for the topic of the course for which the candidate is nominated
  • Regular access to e-mail and the Internet (Very important!)
  • Have Internet connection at home
  • Familiarity with Windows, the Internet and web browsers
  • The ability to navigate in Windows or other appropriate programs and create a Word document
  • The ability to type in English well enough to perform online tasks in real-time and submit written assignments in a timely manner.

For further information please contact:

Leda Chavarria
English Programs Coordinator
Phone: 2252 7100 Ext. 7684
Mobile: 8806 9543
E-mail: ChavarriaLM@state.gov