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Shana Lee Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious English Language Teaching Fellowship

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The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Shana Lee of St. Paul, Minnesota for a 10-month fellowship project training teachers and teaching English in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Lee is one of only 184 U.S. citizens selected for the 2023-2024 English Language Fellow Program.

Lee has been teaching at Murray Middle School in Saint Paul Public School district since 2019 where she focuses on the language of science for long term multilingual learners and students new to the country. While she received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Smith College, she pursued her MA-TESOL from Hamline University after living abroad in Guatemala where she taught English at a private bilingual school in Quetzaltenango. At UKZN, she will work with students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program in both English language courses and teaching methodology courses. She will also provide support, training and workshops to in-service educators at local k-12 schools and technical vocational colleges.

The English Language Fellow Program is the premier opportunity for experienced teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught abroad, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with funding provided by the U.S. government. Through projects developed by U.S. Embassies in more than 80 countries, Fellows work directly with local teachers, students, and educational professionals to improve the quality of English language instruction offered at prestigious universities and other academic institutions.

Since 1969, the English Language Fellow Program has sent thousands of TESOL scholars and educators abroad to promote English language learning, enhance English teaching capacity, and foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through cultural exchange. On assignment, Fellows teach English, conduct teacher training, develop resources, and organize events and conferences. These projects are challenging and the teachers selected represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. In return, the program provides professional development opportunities to help participants experience different cultures and build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers back home.

English Language Fellows are counted among the more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fellow Program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.

For further information about the English Language Fellow Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit our website, contact us by telephone at 202-632-6452, or e-mail