Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), a foundation linked to the Ministry of Education (MEC), the Fulbright Commission, the United States Embassy in Brazil and the Department of State, are celebrating a record number of Brazilians taking part in educational, professional and cultural exchanges in the USA.
Today, January 12, 479 English language teachers from public schools all over Brazil will leave for the USA to take part in an intensive, six-week professional development course. This initiative, fully funded by the Brazilian government and supported by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Brazil, also promotes dialogue and mutual understanding through education and culture between Brazilians and Americans.
The program is for public school teachers and has a very special mission. It focuses on the teaching of English throughout Brazil and the public education system in large and small cities
Participants in the Professional Development Program for English Language Teachers – selected nationally in a competitive process that prioritized teachers from states in most need of training – will go to seventeen US universities: Georgia State University; Kansas State University; Michigan State University; Missouri State University; University of Ohio; Portland State University; State University of San Francisco; St. John’s State University; Temple University; University of Arkansas; University of Delaware; University of Kansas; University of Miami; University of Missouri, Kansas City; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; University of Texas, Austin; and Iowa State University.
The program strengthens oral and written fluency, new teaching and assessment methodologies that encourage student participation in classrooms, and stimulates the use of online resources and other tools in ongoing teacher training and in the preparation of class plans. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about US history and culture so that it becomes part of the English language teaching curriculum in Brazil. At the end of the training, the participants will have completed an action plan in the area of language teaching to be implemented in their schools and communities, resulting in a large multiplier effect.