Missouri State participates in Brazil English Teachers Program
Missouri State University is participating in a new Brazil English Teachers Program, which will bring 1,080 teachers per year to the United States for at least three years for intensive English language and teacher training. The inaugural group of 540 high school English teachers from Brazil arrived in the United States in January to begin a six-week professional development program; the second group is scheduled to arrive in July 2013.
There are 30 English teachers from Brazil at Missouri State. They are living on campus and will remain until Feb. 24. Teachers are taking part in a specially-designed curriculum that includes courses on teaching methods, American culture, and a practicum where they serve as assistants to English as a Second Language listening (ELI) instructors. They will each also teach a lesson to ELI students before returning to Brazil.
Each weekend, they take a culture trip related to their curriculum. These trips include a classroom observation at Central High School, Mark Twain’s boyhood home in Hannibal, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. The group will also attend a Martin Luther King Jr. rally and the American musical West Side Story.
The program is a collaboration among the Institute of International Education and Brazilian sponsor CAPES, a foundation within the Ministry of Education in Brazil whose purpose is to improve the quality of Brazil’s faculty and staff in higher education through grant programs, the Fulbright Commission in Brazil, and the U.S. Embassy in Brazil.
ELI Director Dr. Jane Robison, Academic Specialist Jennifer Johnston, and Special Programs Coordinator Kelsey Goin wrote the winning proposal to host the program at Missouri State. “The ELI was one of 100 intensive English programs across the U.S. invited to submit a proposal, so we are honored to be among the 18 institutions selected to host the first round of participants,” Robison said. “ELI faculty members are enjoying sharing their expertise with these motivated high school English teachers and we are learning from them as well in this cultural exchange.”
The first group of teachers will study at 18 U.S. universities in 15 states. The U.S. institutions that are hosting the teachers in January-February 2013 are: Drexel University, Illinois State University, Iowa State University, Miami Dade College, Missouri State University, Ohio University, Southern Illinois University, St. Johns University New York, University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Delaware, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Kansas, University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee Knoxville and University of Texas at Austin.