Exchange_English Language Specialist/Speaker Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of State , Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
CFDA #: 19.423

Purpose of this program:

To improve the teaching and learning of English around the globe through short-term (up to 6 weeks) projects. Projects include curriculum evaluation and development, teacher training seminars, textbook development, program evaluation, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP). The program supports U.S.A. Embassy mission goals to improve mutual understanding of U.S. society and its instructions, to promote democratic institution building, and to assist participants to become active citizens of an international civil society.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Grants awarded to U.S. academics with degrees in Teachers of English as a Foreign Language/Teachers of English as a Second Language (TEFL/TESL), Applied Linguistics, or a related field. Applicants must have teacher training experience and preferably overseas teaching experience. Grants specify terms and conditions to meet the educational goals proposed by the grantee and approved by a senior management panel at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in making the award. Individual grants generally include round- trip transportation for the grantees, visa and travel fees, a materials allowance, honorarium of U.S. $200 per day, and expenses in the host country for domestic travel, food, and lodging. The Bureau provides medical insurance and services essential to the assignment.

Who is eligible to apply...

Individuals with the following qualifications: (1) U.S. citizenship at the time of application; and (2) M.A. or Ph.D. degree and experience in TESL/TEFL or a closely related field.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

Individuals with the following qualifications: (1) U.S. citizenship at the time of application; and (2) M.A. or Ph.D. degree and experience in TESL/TEFL or a closely related field.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Persons who meet the eligibility requirements and who wish to receive information and be considered for a grant should contact Julia Walters, Programs Officer, Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547. Telephone: (303) 205-3636. Fax: 202-401-1250. Email: Web Site address:

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Final selection and approval of grantees are made by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


Recruitment is continual, depending on requests from U.S. Embassies and their constituent host institutions in the country.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants' information is entered into the data base of English Language Specialists and Speakers who are contacted whenever the needs arise.

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


Not applicable.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Specialists and Speakers are eligible for projects and programs as their skills are needed or requested by U.S. Embassies. Normally, one participant is given only two assignments per academic year.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

U.S. citizens who are willing to conduct workshops, seminars, deliver lectures and provide consultation services in areas related to teaching and learning English as a foreign language for periods up to 6 weeks to meet the needs of the overseas host institution.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,500 to $9,000. Average: $5,500.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants) FY 03 $534,027; FY 04 est $600,000; and FY 05 est $600,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

In the United Arab Emirates and Oman, a specialist delievered plenaries at major conferences in those two countries discussing testing and curriculum design giving recommendations for language instruction improvement within tightly controlled national English language curriculums. In Panama, a specialist performed a needs assessment for the Panamanian Ministry of Education to determine requirements and resources available for teaching English to all Panamanian students ages 4 through 6 grade. In Thailand and Laos, a specialist delivered plenary addresses at the Thai TESOL Convention in Bangkok, Thailand; the Lao TESOL Conference in Vientiane, Laos; and the Post Thai TESOL Convention in Khon Kaen, Thailand.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2001, 61 Specialist/Speakers provided training to 32 countries. The demand for Specialists to deal with language issues for specific purposes (health, trade, commerce, law, etc) has continued to climb. In many countries national language policies and programs are beginning to focus on training the professional cadre, in order to create a more English proficient workforce able to interact in the international arena. English Language Specialists have introduced ideas that contribute to the success of systematic change, the evolution of a more representative society, and to the promotion of further economic development.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

1) The credentials of the English Language Specialist or Speaker to meet the requests from U.S. Embassies and their constituent host insitutions.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to two projects per academic year; each project for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula requirements.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Grantee must provide a trip or project report within 30 days of completion of the program.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).



Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Public Law 87-256, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Advertisement at the annual Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. Conference for recruitment of applicants for the English Language Specialist/Speaker Program. Further information can be found on the Office of English Language Programs website:

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office


Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Julia Walters, Programs Officer, Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547. Telephone: (303) 205-3636. Fax: (202) 401-1250. Email:

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: