Georgia Southern University

State Department grant brings 18 international teachers to Georgia Southern

Through a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s International Leadership in Education Program (ILEP), the College of Education at Georgia Southern University will host 18 international secondary English teachers throughout the spring 2008 semester. The visitors will come from Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, and Tunisia.

The ILEP Fellows are expected to arrive on campus Friday, Jan. 11, and will participate in an orientation session the following day. There will be several orientation sessions throughout the first two weeks including a welcome and overview of the program, an advisement session where the ILEP fellows will meet their academic advisors, tours of campus and Statesboro, presentations by library and health services faculty, and a teambuilding retreat.

‘During their time in Statesboro, the ILEP Fellows will participate weekly in school-based internships, and they will be attending classes at Georgia Southern,” said Cordelia Zinskie, professor and head of the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading. Zinksie and colleagues Jennie Rakestraw, associate dean of the College of Education, and Judi Repman, professor in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development, serve as co-coordinators of the ILEP.

Initiated in 2005, the ILEP brings outstanding secondary teachers from the Near East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. ILEP is a program of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

‘Last year was our first funded ILEP grant, and we are delighted that this year’s grant was also funded,” said Cindi Chance, dean of the College of Education. ‘Georgia Southern has strong international ties, and each group of ILEP Fellows we host strengthens those connections.”

In Statesboro the ILEP Fellows will be paired with ‘friendship families” who have offered to provide regular opportunities to learn about daily life in America. They will also participate in civic and cultural events, educational conferences, and travel to area attractions.

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