US chooses UCCI professor for Pakistan project

| 24/03/2019

CNS Local Life
Dr Ivan Eubanks (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(CNS Local Life): The US Department of State has selected Dr Ivan Eubanks, assistant professor at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI), for a one-month English Language Specialist project focusing on academic writing for publication in Pakistan at that country’s Higher Education Commission. Dr Eubanks is one of approximately 80 US citizens chosen each year to serve on an English Language Specialist assignment.

Dr Eubanks served for eight years as editor in chief of the Pushkin Review, an international, bi-lingual, peer-reviewed journal, stated a Department of State press release, and also served in an editorial capacity for other publications. He has extensive training in curricular design and writing pedagogy, and has trained university faculty and administrators in those areas in Russia, Mexico, Honduras and the US.

In Pakistan, he will work with early-career faculty from around the country as they prepare their research for publication in international, English-language, peer-reviewed journals.

The English Language Specialist Program is the “premier opportunity for leaders in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught abroad”, the State Department said in the release.

Through projects developed by US embassies in more than 80 countries, English-language specialists work directly with local teacher trainers, educational leaders, and ministry of education officials to exchange knowledge, build capacity, and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities in the US and overseas.

Since 1991, the English Language Specialist Program has sent hundreds of TESOL scholars and educators abroad to promote English-language learning, enhance English-teaching capacity, and foster mutual understanding between the US and other countries through cultural exchange. In return, the programme provides professional development opportunities to help participants experience different cultures and build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers back home, the department said.

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