Overview

International Short Programs (ISP) partners with not-for-profit international education organizations to design, facilitate and deliver programs that provide English language enrichment and practice in TESOL methodology as well as exposure to U.S. culture and society and the local public education system. The programs are for in-service instructors who teach English as a foreign language at elementary, middle, and high schools, colleges and universities in their home countries. Program participants often do not have strong facility in spoken English and have minimal contact with native speakers in their home teaching context. So, an emphasis of the teacher training programs is to hone conversational fluency and pronunciation and to introduce teaching methodologies that encourage classroom participation and practice where both teachers and students use English as the primary means of learning and instruction. Teacher participants are generally funded by the U.S. Department of State or a home country federal agency. Certificates of participation are awarded at the end of the program. For more information, contact Margaret Coffey, International Short Programs Director, at mcoffey@ku.edu or isp@ku.edu