KINGSTON, RI – February 14, 2022 – The United States Department of State has selected Rabia Hos, associate professor of TESOL/Bilingual-Dual Language Education at the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island, for a project to English language specialist focused on training teachers of English language learners and empowering women in rural communities in English language learning, in partnership with the You speak organization in Lebanon.

USPEaK (Universally Specific Purposes of English and Knowledge) promotes equal rights for all and supports women and youth in education, entrepreneurship and livelihoods, using the power of dialogue to prevent violent extremism and different forms of conflict.

Hos’ project will run virtually for three months and will train teachers in the teaching english to women program to become mentors for approximately 1,540 women aged 15 to 45 in 32 regions of Lebanon. Training will include workshops, teaching mixed classes, and verbal and non-verbal communications.

“This project allows me to work with an organization that supports disenfranchised and historically marginalized groups in other countries. It will also help empower women to make a difference in their communities through access to quality education,” Hos said.

The English Language Specialist program is the first opportunity for leaders in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ​​(TESOL) to embrace meaningful and lasting change in the way English is taught. is taught abroad. Through projects developed by U.S. embassies in more than 80 countries, English language specialists work directly with local teacher trainers, educational leaders, and Department of Education officials to exchange knowledge, build capabilities and build partnerships to benefit participants, institutions, and communities in the United States. United States and overseas.

“Dr. Hos is a leading researcher in the field of TESOL, and her commitment to language education as a pathway to equity and social justice is a driving force in her teaching and scholarship. As part of this opportunity, she will contribute to the empowerment of women in Lebanon,” said Danielle Dennis, Acting Director of the Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies.

Since 1991, the English Language Specialist Program has supported national, virtual, and blended projects in which hundreds of TESOL scholars and educators promote English language learning, improve the teaching ability of English and promote mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through cultural exchange. .

During their projects, English language specialists can organize intensive teacher training, advise ministries of education or participate in high-level educational consultations and offer plenary presentations at regional, national or international TESOL conferences. . The selected projects represent the best of the US TESOL community. In return, the program provides professional development opportunities to help participants learn about different cultures and learn skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers back home.

The English Language Specialist program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.