Regional English Language Office

The Regional English Language Office (RELO) opened in the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi in 2015. Part of the Public Affairs Section, it cooperates with the Ministries of Education, teachers’ associations, universities, schools and English language teaching (ELT) professionals on a variety of educational and cultural exchange programs and projects in order to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the region and the United States. The RELO in Hanoi helps to manage English Language Programs in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR.

The RELO in Hanoi is one of 25 such offices around the world. Its work is coordinated by the Office of English Language Programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington, D.C.

English Language Fellow Program

The English Language (EL) Fellow Program promotes English language learning and fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR. The program places talented, highly qualified U.S. educators with Master’s degrees in TEFL/TESL or Applied Linguistics at universities, education NGOs and other centers of education. Fellows share their expertise, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn other cultures. Upon returning to the United States, they share their experiences and acquired knowledge with their communities and professional colleagues.

English Language Specialist Program

The Department of State’s English Language Specialist Program recruits U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to conduct tailored programs ranging from two weeks to four months. The English Language Specialists assist the U.S. Embassy in delivering and maintaining quality English Language programs and to promote mutual understanding. The U.S. Embassy, in consultation with host country education contacts, defines the English Language Specialist assignments, which may include teacher training; curriculum, materials, and textbook development; or program evaluation. In some cases, digital video conferences or webinars are used to deliver trainings or consultations.

If you have an English Language Specialist proposal, please contact the Regional English Language Office.

English Access Microscholarship Program

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented non-elite 13–16 year-olds through after-school classes and intensive summer sessions. Access students gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, increase their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their country, and gain the ability to participate in future U.S. exchange and study programs.

Open Professional English Network (OPEN)

The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) program offers virtual learning opportunities to English language educators professionals and learners worldwide. OPEN promotes mutual exchange of culture and provides free access to teaching and learning materials which can be reused, adapted and shared with others. OPEN professional development opportunities are developed by U.S. academic institutions and experts in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). OPEN provides:

  • Global Online Courses (GOCs) – 8-week, instructor-led teacher training courses for English language teachers at all levels
  • Region- and country-specific English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses
  • Facilitated and self-paced Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for educators and learners
  • Webinars
  • Openly licensed course materials
  • Alumni Community of Practice

English Teaching Forum

Since 1962 English Teaching Forum has been a key, practical journal for English Teachers. The mission of English Teaching Forum is to contribute to the professional development of its readers around the world by offering articles that reflect current theory and practice in English language teaching. English Teaching Forum is published quarterly and readers can access current and past issues of the journal online. English Teaching Forum accepts submissions of on a wide variety of topics in second/foreign language education. Most of the articles published in English Teaching Forum are submitted by its readers.

American English Website and Materials

American English is a resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture. This website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers’ professional development and for students in the classroom. Both teachers and learners will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.