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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

19.417:  Exchange: English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Fellows

Popular Name:  English Language Programs

Objectives:  To improve and develop the English language capability of Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, and China and other countries, and contribute to the development of economic reform in the regions. The program was initiated in 1991 and is jointly funded with USIA/USAID's Support for Eastern European Democracy (SEED)/State's Federal Assistance Support (FSA) funds. Additional grants are funded by E/AL. The program places U.S. teacher-trainers and teachers of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in respective countries at local ministries of education and teacher training institutions to work on a variety of activities including curriculum development, teaching methodology, textbook development and testing.

PROGRAM AND AWARD FINANCIAL AND INFORMATION CONTACTS
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS INFORMATION CONTACTS
RELATED PROGRAMS ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS


19.417 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  Individuals with the following qualifications: (1) U.S. citizenship at the time of application; and (2) M.A. or Ph.D. degree and experience in TESL/TEFL or a closely related field.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  U.S. citizens who are willing to teach for a year according to the needs of the overseas host institution.

Credentials/Documentation:  Individuals with the following qualifications: (1) U.S. citizenship at the time of application; and (2) M.A. or Ph.D. degree and experience in TESL/TEFL or a closely related field.

19.417 APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:  Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:  Persons who meet the eligibility requirements and who wish to receive information and an application form should contact World Learning, Inc./School for International Training, Kipling Road, P.O. Box 676, Brattleboro, VT 05302-0676. Phone: (802) 258-3311.

Award Procedure:  Final selection and approval of grantees are made by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Deadlines:  Subject to change, but generally applications are to be submitted by May 31. Deadlines can be waived under very special circumstances such as an inadequate number of qualified candidates for specific awards. After deadlines, applicants should contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to determine the availability of awards.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  Applicants are notified promptly if they are ineligible. Final notification of selection for an opening occurs in 3 to 6 months.

Appeals:  Not applicable.

Renewals:  Extensions are granted for an additional year. Extensions must be requested and approved by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  1) The extent to which the proposal is feasible, practical and cost-effective; and 2) the extent to which the proposal is responsive to Teaching English as a Second Language priorities and objectives.

Examples of Funded Projects:  In addition to teaching language courses and English for specific purposes in fields such as economics, banking, business, and management, Fellows arranged and conducted in-service teacher training conferences and workshops/seminars and worked in curriculum and materials development. Some worked in communities assisting the local educational institutions in developing and maintaining resource centers. They also established teachers associations and organizations.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  $50,000 to $65,000; $55,000.

19.417 RELATED PROGRAMS:

  • 19.416 Exchange: English Teaching Fellows.

19.417 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In fiscal year 1999, EFL Fellow program awarded 17 grants to qualified teachers of TEFL/TESL to teach in 10 countries. In fiscal year 2000, about 36 grants will be awarded. This program enables grantees who teach English as a foreign/second language to acquire overseas teaching experience while providing the host institutions with professional expertise in current methods and theory of English teaching; by providing specially designed courses for targeted high level groups, such as members of parliaments, and their staff, judiciary officials, and leading finance and business officials.

19.417 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Type of Assistance:  Project Grants.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $700,000; FY 00 est $2,000,000; and FY 01 est $2,000,000.

Budget Account Number:  19-0201-0-1-154.

Authorization:  Public Law 87-256, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  Annual announcement placed at the Employee Clearinghouse service at the annual TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.) conference for recruitment of applicants for the English as a Foreign Language Fellow Program.

19.417 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  None.

Headquarters Office:  World Learning, Inc./School for International Training, Kipling Road, P.O. Box 676, Brattleboro, VT 05302-0676. Phone: (802) 258-3311.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

19.417 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Up to 1 academic year.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Grants awarded to teachers with M.A. or Ph.D. degrees and experience in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) teacher trainer and/or work in English for Special Purposes (ESP), with the opportunity to conduct teacher training, teacher education and English for Special Purposes (ESP) in Eastern/Central Europe, Russia, China and Brazil at universities, teacher training centers, and ministries of education. Grants specify terms and conditions to meet the educational goals proposed by the grantee and approved by a senior management panel at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in making the award. Individual grants generally include round-trip transportation for the grantees, basic stipend, a living allowance, medical insurance, miscellaneous allowance for travel, books and services essential to the assignment.

19.417 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  Grantee provides quarterly statistics and program reports and a final evaluation report by September 30 of the grant year.

Audits:  Grantee shall comply with requirements of OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of Institutions of Higher Education and Other Nonprofit Institutions.

Records:  None.

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