As part of the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the Embassy of the United States of America in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Regional English Language Officer (RELO) cooperates with the U.S. Embassy PAS in Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen . The English Language Office supports the U.S. Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, which aims to increase communication skills and mutual understanding between the people of the United States of America and the people of other countries throughout the world.
To achieve these goals, the English Language Office supports U.S. Embassy-sponsored English language programming that strengthens teachers’ instructional and language skills, develops critical thinking capabilities, and conveys information about the United States. These programs include, but are not limited to the following:
- the English Access Microscholarship Program,
- the English Language Fellow Program,
- the English Language Specialist/Speaker Program,
- the E-Teacher Scholarship Program,
- the English Language Fellow Foreign Educator Program,
- educational materials, such as the English Teaching FORUM journal.
In addition, the English Language Office often provides advice for and engages in cooperation with:
- the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA),
- the Study of the U.S. Summer Institute for Secondary Educators Program,
- the International Visitor and Leadership Program and Voluntary Visitor Program,
- alumni of exchange programs,
- local and regional English Teacher Associations, and others who arrange training that is focused on English Language Teaching.
Furthermore, the English Language Office cultivates professional relations with education officials, academic institutions, government agencies, and NGOs involved with policy development, English language programs, and teacher training.
Over 80 titles of English language materials for teachers and learners are available in multiple formats: print, video, audio, and online. New materials include the innovative Shaping the Way We Teach English, a 14-part teacher-training video on teacher-training methodologies.
English Teaching FORUM Journal, Published since 1962, FORUM is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal for classroom teachers.
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- AAAL: American Association of Applied Linguistics
- AACE: Association for Advancement of Computing in Education
- AAIEP: American Association of Intensive English Programs
- AECT: Association for Educational Communications & Technology
- AERA: American Educational Research Association
- ASCD: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
- CEA: Commission for English Language Program Accreditation
- Global Study Directory of English Language Schools in the USA
- LDA: Learning Disabilities Association
- NAFSA: Association of International Educators
- NILE TESOL
- TESOL (Global): Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
- UCIEP: University and College Intensive English Programs Consortium