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.
RELO Panama, U.S. Embassy, Panama City, Panama
ENGLISH TEACHING SUPPORT PROGRAMS
American English is a resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture. This website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers’ professional development and for students in the classroom. Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.
Visit the two American English at State resource Facebook pages.
American English Live
American English Live offers three series each year of six Facebook Live professional development sessions for English language educators around the world. At the end of each session, participants can complete a short quiz to earn a digital badge. Series events take place every other Wednesday during the series at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern Time from Washington, DC.
Online Professional English Network (OPEN)
The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) program offers virtual learning opportunities to foreign English language educators, professionals and learners worldwide. OPEN promotes the mutual exchange of culture and provides free access to teaching and learning materials that can be reused, adapted, and shared with others. OPEN professional development opportunities are developed by U.S. academic institutions and experts in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
The OPEN Program offers free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are open to an unlimited number of participants. Some MOOCs are 5 weeks, and some are longer.
English Language Programs (ELP)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE FELLOW PROGRAM
The English Language Fellow Program sends experienced U.S. TESOL professionals on teaching assignments at universities and other academic institutions around the world.
As a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy initiative, Fellows are cultural ambassadors that promote English language learning and mutual understanding through cultural exchange. Fellow projects are 10-month, full-time positions for professionals with a graduate degree in English language teaching and classroom TESOL teaching experience. In return, the program provides professionals with a platform to build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers.
The English Language Specialist Program is a U.S. Department of State (DOS) public diplomacy initiative in which experts in the field of English language education lead intensive English language projects that are designed by Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies around the world to respond to local needs.
English Language Specialists exchange knowledge, build capacity, and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities in the United States and overseas. English Language Specialists work with universities, teacher-training institutions, ministries of education, bi-national centers, and other English language education institutions.
Depending on local needs and circumstances, English Language Specialist projects can include in-country activities overseas, virtual activities, or a combination of both. The length of in-country projects ranges from 10 working days to three months. The length of virtual projects varies from project to project.
English Learning Programs
This YouTube channel provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers’ professional development and for students (aged 14 and older) in the classroom. Through our videos, both teachers and learners over age 14 will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.
Learning English is VOA’s multimedia source of news and information for millions of English learners worldwide.
Learning English began as Special English, which Voice of America launched in 1959. Special English newscasts and features were a primary fixture of VOA’s international shortwave broadcasts for more than half a century. In 2014, our line of products was expanded to include more English teaching materials, and the service became known as Learning English.