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Question about English Language Fellowship

  • 1.  Question about English Language Fellowship

    Posted 23-01-2020 10:39
    Dear all:

    Thank you for entertaining my questions! Has anyone here served as an English Language Fellow through the US Department of State? If so, how do you feel the experience assisted your professional development? Also, has anyone served as a TEFL Fulbright Fellow? If so, I guess I have the same question about professional growth. Thank you all!

    - Mike

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    Michael DAbramo
    Lecturer
    Suffolk University
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  • 2.  RE: Question about English Language Fellowship

    Posted 24-01-2020 10:51
    Michael, both of these are fantastic professional development opportunities. Keep in mind, however, that they are competitive. In addition, in light of your previous question, they are for one year (two at the most) and don't necessarily guarantee that you'll get full-time employment when you return home.

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    Kitty Purgason
    Biola University
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  • 3.  RE: Question about English Language Fellowship

    Posted 24-01-2020 11:10
    Hi Mike,
    I was an English Language Fellow (ELF) during the 2017-18 school year.  It was a great opportunity and really impacted both my professional development and personal development.  Before your fellowship, there is a training that you will attend in Washington, DC.  Then, during your Fellowship, you will probably have the opportunity to attend various conferences in your country.  There is also a mid-year conference for all the ELFs in your region (I was in Sri Lanka, so mine was South Central Asia).  But the biggest impact on my development was probably the day-to-day living and working in another country and experiencing things a little differently.
    I would highly recommend applying for a Fellowship.
    Hopefully this helps-
    Ramona

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    Ramona Stowe
    Asst. Professor
    Kansas State University
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  • 4.  RE: Question about English Language Fellowship

    Posted 24-01-2020 11:36
    Dear Ramona,

    Thank you for your insightful comments. I have a follow up question if you don't mind. I have two graduate degrees and six years of teaching experience (no PhD). I can no longer adjunct from semester to semester; it is maddening, has no stability and barely pays the bills. I'm looking at ways to advance my career and break this deadlock. I've spent years working overseas (former life in international development). In this forum I've posed the question as to whether teaching overseas is more sustainable for long-term, better paid employment. There seems to be some agreement that there is..so long as my family and I move to the Gulf. I was accepted into the ELF applicant pool, so now I'm waiting to see if there's a match. However, I need to know that the fellowship could advance my career and break my current deadlock. What are your thoughts? Thank you very much!

    Mike

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    Michael DAbramo
    Lecturer
    Suffolk University
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  • 5.  RE: Question about English Language Fellowship

    Posted 24-01-2020 12:09
    Mike,
    Adjuncting is a hard way to go!  I can't speak specifically to your situation, but when I attended the ELF 50th Anniversary celebration this fall there was an award for the organization who hired the most former ELFs.  She said that she loved hiring ELFs, not only for the knowledge and skills they brought, but also for their flexibility.  I think a lot of employers would look favorably on an ELF experience.
    Ramona

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    Ramona Stowe
    Asst. Professor
    Kansas State University
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  • 6.  RE: Question about English Language Fellowship

    Posted 24-01-2020 14:12
    Edited by Rob Danin 24-01-2020 14:14
    Hi Michael,

    I was also an English Language (Senior) Fellow for two years in Vladivostok, Russia (2012-2014).  I am serving as a 2019-2020 English Language Fellow Alumni Ambassador in which our primary function is outreach and recruitment.  You asked if anyone has served as a Fulbright Fellow.  I have recently completed my roster responsibilities as a Fulbright Specialist.  I am currently serving as an English Language Program Specialist.

    I have read the other responses to your query and agree with their perspectives.  My addition to this thread is that I feel that my experience as a Fellow has clearly established any future work I have had especially in the areas I listed above.

    The primary focus of a fellowship is the opportunity to be involved in international projects, professional development with those you work with during your assignment, and the ability to share in cross-cultural exchange in real-time

    A secondary consideration is provided to the Fellows regarding their own professional development and intensive international assignments that will serve them well after their fellowship.

    I would be glad to discuss this further with you, or any others, who have an interest in the Department of State English Language Program.  If so, please PM me through this platform.

    Best wishes in your application as an English Language Fellow!

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    Dr. Rob Danin
    2019-2020 English Language Fellow Alumni Ambassador
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