February 7, 2018
The University of Delaware (UD) English Language Institute (ELI) is honored to be hosting two groups of high school English teachers from Panama and Brazil to the University of Delaware to participate in intensive English language and teacher-training programs. The 20-person Panamanian group, Panama Bilingue arrived on January 11 for their 8-week program. The 30-person Brazilian group, PDPI arrived on January 14 and is participating in a similar 6-week program. A second Brazilian cohort will arrive on June 24 for their program.
In both cases, the ELI was selected by each country to host these groups as part of ELI’s Delaware EFL Teacher Training (DEFT) program. Through a combination of classes, teacher training workshops, discussion classes and cultural activities, these teachers are being provided with learning opportunities to both improve their English language teaching and also broaden their understanding of American culture and society.
Housing accommodations have been provided for each group: Panama Bilingue is staying with homestay families and PDPI (Brazil) is staying at the INNternationale. Each housing arrangement offers a unique opportunity for each group to interact with those outside of their own group.
Academic studies for the teacher-training component of the programs include participation in listening/speaking and reading/writing classes, teacher training workshops, school visits, independent research time to explore resources at the ELI and UD, a culture class and discussion sessions. Cultural activities complement their programs, including a visit to the Lancaster Amish Barn and House and trips to Washington D.C. and New York City. The trips offer opportunities for the program participants to share their experiences in their culture classes and provide real-life examples that dovetail with what they are learning in class about American culture, government and business. Weekends are free for the teachers to plan their own adventures!
At the end of their programs, the teachers will receive certificates of completion and return to their home countries with enhanced teaching skills and a greater understanding of American culture.