Located at the United States Embassy in Panama, the Regional Office of English Language Programs (RELO) forms part of the Public Affairs section.
RELO Panama supports diplomatic links with the community through professional development opportunities for English language teachers in Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Caribbean.
RELO Panama collaborates closely with Ministries of Education, professional teachers associations, Peace Corps, the Fulbright Commission, public and private universities, as well as other educational institutions, among other partners, to create and implement projects and programs related to English Language Teaching (ELT) methodology, providing knowledge, materials, and training opportunities.
RELO Panama is one of 25 Regional Offices of English Language Programs around the world. It is part of the United States Department of State and is coordinated by the Office of English Language Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Supporting English Language Teaching
The Office of English Language Programs offers a wide variety of didactic resources, all of which are available through the American English portal. These free, downloadable resources include music, audio books, board and card games, assorted materials, study plans for teachers to organize their classes, and the English Teaching Forum magazine, among others.
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- YouTube http://bit.ly/AEYouTube
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishatState and www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishforEducators
AmericanEnglish (http://AmericanEnglish.state.gov) offers hundreds of free downloadable resources for the teaching and learning of English. Additional resources are available on YouTube (http://bit.ly/AEYouTube) & Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishatState (for students and teachers) and www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishforEducators.
English Teaching Forum is the leading quarterly journal –- distributed worldwide–by teachers and for teachers. The magazine is available for free on http://AmericanEnglish.state.gov/english-teaching-forum.
Trace Effects Video Game is a State Department developed video game adventure, providing students a way to learn about American culture and the English language through interactive 3-D immersive gaming.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for students and educators English for Career Development is a course aimed at non-native English speakers who are interested in advancing their careers in the global marketplace. www.coursera.org/learn/careerdevelopment.
English for Business and Entrepreneurship is a course designed for learning English related to the global business economy. www.coursera.org/learn/business.
English for Media Literacy is a course designed for learning English related to U.S. media literacy. https://www.coursera.org/learn/media.
English for Journalism is a course aimed at non-native English speakers who are interested in developing the language skills related to modern journalism. www.coursera.org/learn/journalism.
English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is a course aimed at non-native English speakers who are interested in improving their English skills in the sciences www.coursera.org/learn/stem.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for educators (see https://www.facebook.com/EmbassyofPanama/ for more information)
Teaching Grammar Communicatively by World Learning, Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting by World Learning, Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom by Iowa State University, Teaching English to Young Learners by George Mason University, Development for Teacher Trainers by Arizona State University, Content-based Instruction by World Learning, TESOL Methodology by the University of Baltimore Maryland County.
The American English Live Teacher Development Series is an online professional development opportunity for English teachers. Each 60-minute session is broadcast from Washington, with participation from teachers in over 100 countries. EST. To join, visit www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishforEducators.
Webinars/ AE Facebook Live Free online professional development webinar series offered regularly throughout the year for English teachers in Panama and our region. To join or view past sessions, visit www.facebook.com/LiveEnglishTraining
American English Methodology Course at CELI is offered by the RELO and Fellows in coordination with the Peace Corps. Primary, secondary, university, and adult educator teachers pre and in-service teachers take part in bi-weekly workshops which provides a number of RELO materials and a certificate of completion for teachers who attend 6 of the 8 sessions.
The American English E-Teacher Program offers scholarships for courses on ELT methodology to teacher trainers and in-service teachers. Candidates must have an advanced level of English, reliable access to the internet, and an availability of 1-2 hours per day. Courses run 8 weeks. For more information, contact RELO_Panama@state.gov.
English Language Fellow & Specialist programs are part of a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy initiative that sends experts in the field of English language education to lead intensive English language teacher training projects overseas. English Language professionals work in ministries of education, universities, and other local institutions throughout the region. The Fellows and Specialists work with their local institutions to create and implement courses, materials, curriculums, and programs building stronger connections with the United States. In 2017-2018 Fellows were based with Panama Bilingue/MEDUCA in Santiago and with Udelas in Panama City. In 2018, an English Language Fellow will be again based in Santiago.
English Access Micro-scholarship Program (Access) The Access program, in coordination with the Ministry of Education and NGOS, provides two years of English classes after school hours to outstanding teenagers who come from underprivileged areas and who are in the last three years of middle school. The program emphasizes fluidity in the use of the English language and links the study of language with strong intercultural, civic, information technology and leadership components. We currently have Access classes in Chiriqui, Veraguas, Cocle and Panama provinces.