AMIDEAST trains English teachers and provides technical assistance and professional development resources to teachers engaged in primary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions in the region. Our teacher training programs focus on the development of student-centered teaching methods and strategies for emphasizing critical thinking skills in the learning process.
AMIDEAST/West Bank and Gaza has been working to significantly improve the quality of English instruction at the primary level in Palestine while providing a process for English teachers to receive continuing professional training in their discipline through the development and delivery of the PCET. The main focus of the program has been to develop reflective teaching practice while imparting new strategies for primary English classes. The program includes intensive training during the summer vacation, followed by workshops during the first semester of the academic year. It also provides opportunities for participants to engage in online discussions with fellow teachers in support of their learning, as well as online sharing of their action plans and research projects. During the course of the program, AMIDEAST’s teacher trainers visit each participant in his or her school, observe classes, and provide individualized feedback on classroom practices.
From 1998 to 2004, AMIDEAST was subcontracted by the American University in Cairo to provide English language training to senior teachers and supervisors from urban and rural school districts in Egypt as part of a USAID-sponsored program to improve education in public schools. In 2001, over 150 Egyptian educators from villages near Minya, Beni Suef and Fayoum participated in ELTT classes. From 2002 to 2004, the project focused on school reform in disadvantaged areas of Alexandria, training 200 administrators, teachers and community leaders. The program helped participants develop the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills needed to participate in short- and long-term technical training in the United States and elsewhere. The program changed significantly in 2004, and since then, AMIDEAST has worked closely with USAID Technical Assistance Contractors (TACs) to conduct training needs assessments to determine the human capacity requirements of the Egyptian partner institutions. AMIDEAST, with input from the USAID TACs and partner institutions, is developing ELT training plans to address those needs and to improve individual and institutional performance. At the same time, the program is administering the CEPA and iBT TOEFL exams and providing registration services for university entrance exams including the GRE and GMAT.
From 1998 to 2004, AMIDEAST, together with the Academy for Educational Development and Egyptian and U.S. institutions, provided quality pre-service and in-service training to Egyptian English teachers as part of this USAID-funded project. The program trained over 15,000 Egyptian professionals who teach English as a foreign language, benefiting primary and secondary schools, universities, and businesses. Training consisted of in-region workshops and classes, and U.S.-based technical training and visits to schools and universities.
Please contact Helena Simas, AMIDEAST Regional English Language Director, for more information.