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English Language Specialist Program

U.S. Department of State > English Language Specialist Program


Program Description:

The English Language (EL) Specialist Program recruits United States academics in the fields of Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL) / Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) and Applied Linguistics for short-term (two to four weeks) assignments abroad. Specialists work on well-defined assignments that are identified by U.S. Embassies overseas. These assignments may include curriculum projects, teacher training seminars, textbook development, English for Specific Purposes, and program evaluation. In many cases, Embassy officials will suggest a candidate. If not, the Office of English Language Programs recruits a specialist. In some cases, specialists located in the United States consult with institutions abroad through a teleconference or a digital video conference. The State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs annually supports approximately 120 two-week programs to U.S. embassies worldwide.


General Program Requirements:

To be eligible to serve as an English Language Specialist, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen,
  • Have a MA or Ph.D. (TEFL/TESL or applied linguistics),
  • Have overseas experience, and
  • Have teacher training experience.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

To apply for this program, email your current mail current curriculum vitae to waltersjl@state.gov.

Please be sure that all of the following information is included:

Full name,
Current position/title,
Institutional address, telephone, email address,
Home address, telephone, email address,
Any previous U.S. Department of State grants (within the last three years),
Overseas experience,
List of topics you are prepared to speak on.


Program Contact Information:

For more information, please visit:

Or call:

Or, you may contact the program office directly at:
Office of English Language Programs
U.S. Department of State, SA-5

2200 C Street, N.W., Room 4-H16
Washington, DC 20522-0504


Managing Agency:

U.S. Department of State

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