Located at the United States Embassy in Panama, the Regional English Language Office (RELO) is part of the Public Affairs section.
RELO Panama cooperates closely with Panama’s Ministry of Education, professional associations of teachers, the Peacecorps, the Fulbright Commission, public and private universities as well as other educational institutions, among other partners to create and execute projects and programs related to the methodology in the teaching the English language, providing knowledge, materials, and training opportunities.
RELO Panama supports diplomatic ties with the community through professional development opportunities for English teachers in Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Nicaragua, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Caribbean.
RELO Panama is one of the 25 Regional Offices of the English Language throughout the world. It is part of the United States Department of State and is coordinated by the Office of English Language Programs of the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
If you do not belong to any of these countries, please contact RELO in your region.
RELO Panama, U.S. Embassy, Panama City, Panama
If you would like to receive information about our resources and opportunities, please fill out our contact form by clicking on this link or by scanning the QR code below.
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.
You can visit the American English site through the following video.
Access Microscholarship Program
The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged students, primarily between the ages of 13 to 20, in their home countries. Access programs give participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.
Direct link to the Access Program in Panama.
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 professional development opportunities are developed by U.S. academic institutions and experts in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
All OPEN Program courses use the latest in instructional technology to provide participants with an interactive distance-learning experience, and are designed to familiarize participating teachers with current methods and issues in the field of English as a Foreign Language.
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 also connects participants with U.S. English language teaching experts and creates a professional network of international colleagues.
The OPEN Program offers free Global Online Courses (GOCs) four times per year. Some GOCs are 8 weeks, and some are longer.
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. See our list of current and future 2023 MOOCs.
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.
Feel free to access our AE LIVE Resository.
English Language Programs (ELP)
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development, the English Language Programs (ELP) is a public diplomacy initiative that sends highly trained and qualified TESOL professionals to work at academic institutions around the world. Participants teach English, train teachers, develop academic and cultural programs, and much more. These ELP include the English Language Fellow Program, the English Language Specialist Program, and the Virtual English Language Educator Program.
Virtual Educators are experienced and dedicated English language educators with an MA, preferably in TESOL or a related field. Virtual Educator projects range in length from a few weeks to a semester. Projects include online English language teaching, teacher training, and cultural exchange.
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 (virtual) 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.
RELO Panama Events
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ENGLISH LEARNING RESOURCES
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.
Learn English as you read and listen to Voice of America (VOA) news stories about education, technology, current events and other topics in America.
AMERICAN ENGLISH FACEBOOK
Looking for more opportunities to learn English? Looking to meet other English language learners from around the world? If so, then become a fan of the American English Facebook page!
American English for Educators is a Facebook page that provides a forum for English language educators and posts relevant TEFL/TESOL-related information, including professional development opportunities and practical classroom materials.