US Embassy celebrates 60th anniversary of English Teaching Forum


In collaboration with the National Academy for Educational Management (NAEM) and GEIST International Foundation, the US Embassy organized a one-day conference aimed at providing English educators with an opportunity to discuss innovative teaching strategies.

The US Embassy organized a one-day conference at the National Academy for Educational Management (NAEM) to commemorate 60 years of English language teaching resources published by the US Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs English Teaching Forum magazine.  Established in 1962, the English Teaching Forum is a quarterly journal aimed at supporting English teachers and educators around the world through the publication of innovative and practical teaching tips.

The conference was the first in-person English teachers’ conference held in Bangladesh since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.  Over 200 English teachers and educators across Bangladesh participated in the program with the theme of “60 Years of Impact: From the Classroom to Community and Beyond.”  US Embassy Public Affairs Counselor Sean McIntosh, Secretary for Secondary and Higher Education Md. Abu Bakr Siddique, and NAEM Director General Md. Nizamul Karim inaugurated the conference.

The conference included interactive workshops, presentations, and panel discussions on teaching strategies, curriculum development design, and utilizing digital tools to improve the quality of classroom engagement.  U.S. English Language Specialist, Dr. Lawrence N. Berlin, delivered a plenary presentation on the second phase of a six-month-long project to assist with modernizing a critical English language course for 1,120 secondary and higher secondary English teachers.  Launched in January 2022, Dr. Berlin began remotely working with NAEM over the span of three-months to support English educators in identifying gaps in curriculum design.  Funding from the US Agency for International Development and a partnership with the University of Chicago helped establish NAEM in 1959.

For decades, the US Embassy has partnered with Bangladeshi educational institutions to improve the quality of English language instruction.  Since 2004, 1,300 Bangladeshi students have participated in the English Access Micro-scholarship program aimed at providing talented students with after-school classes and intensive sessions to improve their English language skills.  Through the Online Professional English Network, Bangladeshi educators and professionals receive free access to teaching and learning materials on a range of subjects aimed to developing English language reading, writing, and comprehension skills.

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of US-Bangladesh people-to-people ties as well as the resumption of in-person English Language Specialists and Fellows programs in Bangladesh.  In October 2022, two English Language Fellows will join to BRAC University and North South University to support the improvement of the quality of English teaching and learning.

For more information about US Embassy Dhaka’s English language programs, click HERE.

For information about other Embassy- and US government-funded exchange program opportunities for students, click HERE.

For English language development opportunities and learning resources, click HERE and its Facebook page.

To learn more about free Open Online Course (MOOC) courses, click HERE.


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