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CEHD researchers receive funding for project aimed at teaching English to young learners

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Joan Kang Shin, Associate Professor, Director,  Global Online Teacher Education Center Multilingual/Multicultural Education,  PhD in Education and Human Development Academic Program Co-Coordinator,  Teaching Culturally, Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners, Center for International Education; Jered Borup, Associate Professor, Associate Director,  Global Online Teacher Education Center Academic Program Co-Coordinator,  Learning Technologies in Schools, Learning Technologies Design Research, and Anna S. Evmenova, Professor, Associate Director,  Global Online Teacher Education Center; Special Education: Assistive Technology, Special Education; Special Education: General Curriculum; Assistive and Special Education Technology Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, Center for Social Equity Through Science Education, will deliver 10 sections of an eight-week Global Online Course (GOC) called Teaching English to Young Learners. They are conducting this work as part of the FHI 360 FY 2020 OPEN Program funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/A/L).  

The researchers received $170,000 from the U.S. Department of State for this work. Funding began in July 2021 and will end in late September 2022. 

Since 2017, Shin, Evmenova, and Borup have enrolled over 37,000 teachers from 113 countries in the TEYL Global Online Course and MOOC. This global outreach, as well as this team’s research in effective online teacher professional development, continue to have a positive impact on the teaching of English as an additional language to children worldwide. 


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