Regional English Language Office

The goal of the U.S. Embassy’s Regional English Language Office is to improve English language learning and the effective use of English as an academic and professional medium in Southern Africa. Our activities, publications, and direct exchange programs also foster better mutual understanding between Americans and peoples of other nations.

English Language Fellow Program (Fellow)

The English Language Fellow Program provides American professional expertise in teaching English as a foreign or additional language by sending qualified American educators on ten-month fellowships to overseas academic institutions. Fellows work to enhance English teaching capacity, and to provide educators and learners with better academic, social and professional English language communication skills. Institutions interested in hosting a Fellow should contact the RELO office to discuss conditions, dates and objectives.

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.  In South Africa placements are at high school and university level.

English Language Specialists (ELSpecs)

The English Language Specialist Program recruits United States specialists in the areas of English language teaching and Applied Linguistics for short term (two weeks to five months) assignments abroad. 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

Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Office of English Language Programs offers seven innovative, on-line, graduate level classes to English teaching professionals abroad through two different U.S. universities. The E-Teacher Scholarship Program explores seven major areas of the academic specialty of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL):

  • Critical Thinking in the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Curriculum
  • Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Best Practices
  • English as a Foreign Language Assessment
  • Methods Course I: Survey of Best Practices in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Methods Course II: Developing EFL Literacy through Project-Based Learning

The courses introduce the most recent English language teaching methods and techniques, offer the opportunity to engage in an innovative distance-learning program that employs the latest in modern technology, and provide direct access to U.S. experts with whom participants might not normally have the opportunity to interact. The E-Teacher Scholarship Program is open to candidates worldwide. All participants must be nominated through U.S. embassies.  Only U.S. embassies can submit nominations.