MNU Professor Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

Jun. 22, 2017 - by Carol Best

The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Ramona Stowe of MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) for a 10-month fellowship project teaching English in Sri Lanka at the National Institute of Education. Stowe is one of only 140 U.S. citizens selected for the 2017-2018 English Language Fellow Program. 

Ramona StoweRamona Stowe, PhD, holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University.

Dr. Stowe is currently chair of Professional and Graduate Studies in Education as well as program coordinator of the Master of Education in English as a Second Language (ESOL) at MNU. During this tenure, she has worked with pre-service and in-service teachers to help prepare them to teach the diverse students in their classrooms. She has led several international teaching opportunities for MNU’s pre-service teachers. This experience, as well as her previous K-12 experience as a teacher and administrator, has prepared her for the fellowship. Her duties in Sri Lanka will include:

  • Revising the English education curriculum for 4th and 5th grades.
  • Teaching in the TESOL diploma program for in-service teachers.
  • Facilitating English language teaching workshops at conferences and training events and provide training for in-service advisors.

Stowe will depart for Sri Lanka in October and return the following summer. She begins preparations for the fellowship with a training program held in Washington, D.C., in July. 

Stowe in ChinaStowe (shown in the middle with students in China) explains how she works with students whose native language she does not speak. “When teaching people who speak other languages to speak English, you use a lot of gestures, pictures and slow down your speech. Also, it’s easier if you start with concrete things that they can see and do.”

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. 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. The Fellow Program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.

For more information about MNU's Master of Education ESOL track, click here. 

 

 

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