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English Language Specialist Program Benefits

Program Description

The Department of State's English Language Specialist Program recruits U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL/TESL) and Applied Linguistics to conduct programs overseas ranging from two weeks to four months.

The English Language Specialists assist U.S. embassies in delivering and maintaining quality English language programs overseas and promoting mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. U.S. embassies identify and define the English Language Specialist assignments, which may include teacher training, curriculum and textbook development or host institution program evaluation. In some cases, digital video conferences or webinars are used to deliver trainings or consultations.

General Program Requirements

Qualified candidates must have:
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Master's or Ph.D. in TESOL or a field related to English language teaching
  • Five or more years of experience training English language teachers
  • Experience supervising English language teachers
  • Extensive experience conducting English language teacher training workshops and presentations
  • A demonstrated commitment to the field of English language teaching
  • Membership in an English language teaching organization
  • Presented at English language teaching conferences
  • Published refereed presentations, journal articles, or books in the field of TESOL

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For detailed application information, please visit the English Language Specialist Program website.

Applications are accepted year round. The Spring/Summer application deadline is May 12 and successful candidates will be notified no later than August 12. The Fall/Winter cycle deadline is November 12 and successful candidates will be notified by February 12.

Program Contact Information

For more information about all of programs the U.S. Department of State has to offer, please visit: the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs website.