TESOL 2018 Exchange Program

Tatyana Letyaikina (KazTEA President) and Zhanat Ulukpanova (AELTA Vice-President) were awarded with the 2018 TESOL Exchange scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educaitonal and Cultural Affairs Office of English Language Programs. The TESOL Exchange Program is intended for language professionals from  Africa, Eastern Europe, East Asia, Near East Asia, Latin America, South and Central Asia to exchange perspectives and experiences on English language instruction, curricula, trends, and development with the emphasis on innovative teaching practices and administrative best practices.

Tatyana and Zhanat joined the program Innovative English Teaching Methods and Technology which was located in Cleveland, Ohio. We are grateful to Cleveland Council on World Affairs for welcoming our group of 8 people from Panama, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Russia and Vietnam. During our stay in Cleveland we visited colleges and language centers, the teaching staff of which demonstrated their best practices in English language instructions and technologies. We were impressed with implication of new technologies at COOPER INTERNATIONAL LEARNING CENTER. The possibilities of zoom platform and video technologies make language instructions more engaging with the application of diverse group projects. Another memorable visit was to Linkoln Public School. The Principal, who is very dedicated instructor, assures that she can train teachers how to teach, but she can’t teach them to love children. The school activities are based on competency-based teaching.

With Shabana Basij-Rasikh

Definitely the most essential visit was to the TESOL Convention 2018 in Chicago. Apart from pleanry speakers - Shabana Basij-Rasikh and her talk on ‘Afghanistan’s First and Only All-Girls Boarding School: Stories and Challenges’, Zoltán Dörnyei and his talk on ‘Engaging Language Learners in the 21st Century’ and Mary Helen Immordino-Yang on Embodied Brains, Social Minds, Cultural Meaning: Why Emotions are Fundamental to Learning’

Zoltan Dörnyei's speech


the most memorable was speech at the U.S. Department of State booth on English Language Programs impact. Zhanat shared her epxerience on Microsholarship Access program and successes of her students being involved into various projects. My speech was devoted to the role of English Language Fellows, Specialists, Peace Corps Volunteers, Fulbright Specialists and their roles and efforts to implement interactive teaching and innovative technologies at local schools and in distant rural schools. Training teachers at tehir local setting and on regular basis is essential for any changes to be successful.

With H.E. Erzhan Kazykhanov - Ambassador of the R.K. to the U.S. and Erlan Sagadiev - Minister of Sc& Ed