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

2019 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs):
Facilitated and Self-Paced

The AE E-Teacher Program is happy to announce four upcoming teacher training MOOCs, including two 5-week facilitated MOOCs and two self-paced MOOCs. Please see below for more information about Content-Based Instruction – facilitated by World Learning, Teaching English to Young Learners – facilitated by George Mason University, and Teaching Grammar Communicatively and Integrating Critical Thinking Skills– both self-paced courses developed by World Learning, Inc.

Facilitated Courses

The AE E-Teacher Program has two upcoming facilitated MOOCS, Content-Based Instruction facilitated by World Learning and Teaching English to Young Learners facilitated by George Mason University.

To enroll in a facilitated MOOC, visit https://www.aeeteacher.org/Facilitated_MOOCs or click HERE.
An enrollment link will be made available on the date that enrollment opens for each course (See below).

Content-Based Instruction (CBI) – February-March 2019

This course is designed for teachers who are already teaching content-based instruction (CBI). The course defines CBI as instruction where the content is taught in a language that the students are still in the process of learning and focuses on the EFL context. This MOOC was designed to prepare participants for future decision-making and problem-solving in the area of CBI.

  • Enrollment Opens: January 14
  • Orientation Module opens: February 11
  • MOOC Begins: February 18
  • Enrollment Closes: March 1
  • MOOC Ends: March 25

Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) – April-May 2019

This course is designed to introduce participants to the theory and practice of teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to young learners (3-10 years old). The course will explore approaches for teaching English that are not only effective but also fun and engaging for children.

  • Enrollment Opens: March 11
  • Orientation Module Opens: April 8
  • MOOC Begins: April 15
  • Enrollment Closes: April 26
  • MOOC Ends: May 13

Self-Paced Courses

Self–paced MOOCs offer participants the opportunity to complete MOOCs on their own schedule. Suggested enrollment schedules can help organize MOOC camps or other cohorts, and help participants structure their learning. For each course below, two options are provided: seven 6-week enrollment periods (1 week of orientation and 5 weeks of MOOC content) and two 11-week enrollment periods (1 week of orientation and 2 weeks per MOOC content module).

*To enroll in a self-paced MOOC, visit https://www.aeeteacher.org/Self-paced_MOOCs or click HERE.
An enrollment link will be made available on the opening date of Period 1 of each course (See below).

Teaching Grammar Communicatively – March-June 2019

Open from March 25, 2019 – June 17, 2019
Participants will explore how to adapt grammar instruction to meet the needs of students in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classrooms.

Integrating Critical Thinking – July – September 2019

Participants will explore a working definition of culture and tools for analyzing, understanding, and negotiating cultural differences.

Certificates and Badges

Participants who complete all MOOC activities with a grade of 70% or higher will receive a digital badge and a certificate of participation. Badges are used by many educational and professional institutions. They are popular because they are portable and an engaging way to identify skills or knowledge gained from online learning. A digital badge displays as a picture, but also describes the name of the program, the name of the MOOC, requirements for completing the course, and knowledge and skills acquired in the process of earning the badge.

This program is currently closed. Be sure to check again for future dates

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.

Courses

  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)

Requirements

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:

E-mail: PASManagua@state.gov