Regional English Language Office (RELO)

Based at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, the Regional English Language Office (RELO) supports the professional development of English language teachers.  It also partners with English language teaching institutions from the public and private sectors in order both to improve the quality of teaching and to promote mutual understanding between the host countries and the United States of America.  The region includes three countries: India, Afghanistan, and Bhutan.   
Resources that this office can provide include materials for English language teaching, teacher professional development, and training of trainers; workshops, seminars, and online courses to enhance and improve English language teaching; and visiting academic experts and consultants from the United States who can provide assistance with development of curricula, textbooks, tests, and EFL methodology and practices.  The RELO also oversees English Language Specialists, English Language Fellows, and other U.S. government English Language Programs. Visit here for more information about these programs.

RELO Office, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India
Tel. 011-91-11-2347-2000
E-mail: AmCenterND@state.gov

Lesson Planning and Materials Development course (PDF 1.74MB)

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All-SCA regional English language training for secondary level teachers

The RELO conducts a six week residential training program for secondary school teachers from the South and Central Asian countries in collaboration with the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. The learning of the course, designed by EFLU faculty and an English language specialist from the U.S., is shared by the participants in their respective countries, who train more teachers in their communities. The training material is provided to the participants by ELFU.

Distance Learning Scholarships

About 30-35 teachers from India have received scholarships and completed semester-long E-teacher online courses. These courses are hosted at U.S. universities. The subjects taught in these courses include Teaching English to young Learners, Assessment, Teaching Business English, and critical Thinking in the EFL Classroom.

Madrassa Teacher Development

Over the two-year period of 2008-10, RELO will conduct four workshops throughout India. Workshops will be conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. This two-week teacher program focuses on improving the skills and updating the methodology of the Madrassa English teachers.  In each workshop, 30-35 teachers of English from Madrassa institutions are trained.

English Language Teachers Associations

 The RELO actively supports professional English language teachers’ associations throughout the region and helps develop their role in sustaining the professional development of local English teachers. The RELO also provides these associations with TESOL affiliation and facilitates participation of their representatives to the International TESOL conference held in the U.S.

Additional Teacher Training Workshops

In an effort to sustain the professional development skills of the alumni after their return from the U.S., the RELO organizes follow-up workshops for the SATTP (South Asian Teacher Training Project) and PDP (Professional Development Program).

Target of Opportunity Speakers

RELO organizes special workshops with Target of Opportunity speakers focusing on specific subjects. The topics mainly include usage of the latest methodology, techniques and technology for teaching English language. The special workshops include E-Teacher Critical thinking workshop and a workshop on how to make effective use of dictionary for second language learning.

The Library of Congress

An extraordinary collection of materials and programs for use by teachers and students.  Example: Poetry for High School readers

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ESL Lesson Plans Resources for teachers and students, communicative ESL board games

Oxford University Press’s ELT global blog for teachers of English

Discover creative ways to use Twitter to teach English

Find free, interactive lessons and activities for differentiated instruction for English language learners

TESOL TESOL’s mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.  They offer many teaching resources.

Voice of America has a large selection of learning tools and teaching resources for American English, including current events, science, health, etc.

Ask Oxford: Ask the Experts This is a database of some of the questions sent in to the Oxford Word and Language Service team, including frequently asked questions like “What is the longest English word?” and “How many words are there in the English language?” Also included is a “Jargon Buster” that “gives clear and concise definitions for grammar and literary terms.”

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary The Visual Dictionary is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is a good language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home, or at work.

UsingEnglish.com This site provides a large collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics. Browse our grammar glossary and references of irregular verbs, phrasal verbs and idioms, ESL forums, articles, teacher handouts and printables, and find useful links and information on English. Topics cover the spectrum of ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP subject areas.

One Stop English This offers free lesson plan ideas, teaching activities, games, materials to download, and professional support for English language teachers.

BBC teaching English This offers teaching and professional development resources for English teachers.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) OWL at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

Reading A-Z Leveled reading program for teachers of young learners with free downloadable books, lesson plans, worksheets, and assessments for differentiated reading instruction for young learners.

English Listening Lesson Library Online Listening activities, games, videos, and songs with reading, speaking, and vocabulary activities and audio downloads for practicing listening skills

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab Listening tasks based on everyday conversations about topics of common interest. Listening exercises are accompanied by pre-, while- and post-listening tasks.

Grammar Bytes, Interactive Grammar Review Index of grammar terms, interactive exercises, handouts, and a section on grammar rules with interesting PowerPoint presentations.

The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) NCLRC is a joint project of Georgetown University (GU), The George Washington University (GWU), and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Web site for college and university language instructors created to improve and strengthen the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages.

The Encyclopedia of TV How exactly does one create an encyclopedia about television? It’s a formidable task, and one that Dr. Horace Newcomb of the University of Texas at Austin took on with great relish. He worked to assemble an advisory committee that would reduce the vast array of topics to around 1000. They did so, and in 1997, The Museum of Broadcast Communications published the fruits of their labor. Visitors to the site can browse through thoughtful and thorough entries alphabetically, and they will find entries that cover specific programs, historic moments and trends, important policy disputes, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal that rocked the industry in the 1950s. Many notable personalities are covered here, including Phil Silvers, Dan Rather, and Hugh Downs. Samples: Talk shows | Oprah

IATEFL IATEFL stands for the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language and their mission is to link, develop, and support English Language Teaching professionals throughout the world.

National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences Kid’s Pages These pages offer many links to U.S. songs and items of interest to children and adults.

Dave’s ESL café Resources for teachers including lesson plans, teacher forums, job postings, and material for students in English language topics

Africa Online Home Page This 10-week online course, entitled “English Language Education: Using Web Resources to Develop Classroom Content-Based Materials,” ran from October-December, 2001. This course highlights HIV/AIDS awareness, entrepreneurship, and civics education and is a rich resource that can be readily adapted for other teaching environments.

The University of Iowa’s pronunciation site This site offers animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of English, German, and Spanish.

The Teaching Tolerance magazine This is put out by the Southern Poverty Law Center to accompany its free Teaching Tolerance educational program, is available online via this website dedicated to the Teaching Tolerance program. The magazine is loaded with wonderful information and creative ways to teach tolerance.

Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) Interactive Homework With TIPS, any teacher can regularly keep more families informed and involved in their children’s learning and help more students complete their homework.

Visuwords Teachers and learners can use this online graphical dictionary looks up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. It produces diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. You can learn how words associate.

Breaking News English EFL/ESL English language lesson plans and podcasts for studying current events and news.

Scholastic A broad range of lesson and unit plans for teachers on a wide range of themes and subjects

Lesson Plans and Teaching Strategies  From California State University, Northridge: large selection of lesson plans on social studies topics, holidays, history, geography, tolerance, our world, etc.

Kids’ Links from the Carnegie Public Library Offers details on topics such as Art & Music, Ancient Civilizations, Animals, Environment, Health & Nutrition, History, Just for Girls, Literature & Language, Science, Sports.

Internet Public Librarian at Drexel University Topics such as Reference, Health & Nutrition, Art& Music, Our World, Sports & Recreation, Computers & Internet, Reading can be found here.

Internet Public Librarian at Drexel University Culture Quest World Tour – visit Africa, Antarctica, Asia & the Far East, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, South & Central America

Teaching Resources From David White, an education professional in Kansas with a lifelong passion for social studies.  Topics include: Current events, Cultures, Holidays, Languages Religions, Maps, History, Archaeology, Sports.

edHelper.com This website is dedicated to providing teachers a single shop for educational resources.  Topics include: Reading & Writing, Languages, Making Puzzles, Critical Thinking, Social Studies

Smithsonian Museum for Education and Museum Science Topics include: Moon Mission, Weird Stories, Mr. President, Know It All

The Web 2.0 for EFL Teachers An excellent guide for teachers to become familiar with the latest in Web 2.0 educational technology and how it can be integrated in the language classroom.

wetpaint This is a good site that helps you create your own free website that you can share with others, for example, your students!

Scribd This site is a searchable online library – part of the Web 2.0 generation. Subscriptions are free. It contains books in all subjects (find ELT materials here), in Word or PDF format.

ePals Global Community This is an online resource that teachers can use to connect their classrooms with other classrooms around the world.  Teachers can find learning partners for their students, chat with other teachers, share successful lessons and resources, and find projects and instructional materials on this website.

Best 50 websites for writers. A comprehensive list that claims to be the best 50 websites for writers.

The Starfall reading program The program is designed to be fun, exciting, and to instill confidence in young children as they learn to read. The website and companion printed materials are clear and effective tools to help you implement proven teaching methods.

The Educator’s Reference Desktop This site provides access to the ERIC database, the world’s largest source of education information containing more than one million abstracts of documents and journal articles. It also has a Lesson Plan Collection, a Resource Collection with over 3,000 links, and a Question Archive with answers to the most popular questions submitted to the Ask ERIC question and answer service.

TAustralian Council of TESOL Associations The council advocates for and enhances the profile of the TESOL profession in Australia through a wide range of activities in local, regional, national, and international contexts.

tefl.net The independent online resource network for teachers of English.

An online ELT journal ELT Journal is a quarterly publication for all those involved in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language. The journal links the everyday concerns of practitioners with insights gained from related academic disciplines such as applied linguistics, education, psychology, and sociology.

teAchnology For over a decade, this website has been providing free and easy to use resources for teachers dedicated to improving the education of today’s generation of students. A lingual site for families and educators of English language.

English Language Teachers’ Forum From Pearson Education, this site offers resource of live discussion forums, downloadable development packs (with articles, extracts from published books and tasks), bibliographies, message boards and online buying facilities.

From NASAResources for teachers who teach Kindergarten though higher education.

Friendship through Education This is a consortium of organizations committed to creating opportunities that facilitate interaction between youth world-wide, building an understanding between nations, and a bond between humanity.

ESL Printables At this website, English Language teachers can exchange resources: worksheets, lesson plans, activities, etc.  Their collection is growing every day with the help of many teachers. If you want to download you have to send your own contributions.

TEFL Blogs The website provides blogs that could be useful for both current and potential EFL teachers.

Language and Literacy website The website offers many resources for academic English.

Guide to Grammar and Writing Guides and quizzes for grammar and writing from the Capital Community College.

English Teaching Online A free online collection of lesson plans, online lessons, resources and links for English teachers.

Maintained by the Internet TESL Journal, this site has many Internet links of interest to students and teachers of English as a Second Language.

This site is a terrific listening resource for ESL/EFL North American podcasts.

This site is produced and maintained by the U.S. Embassy New Delhi. Links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views contained therein.

This site provides a large collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics. Browse our grammar glossary and references of irregular verbs, phrasal verbs and idioms, ESL forums, articles, teacher handouts and printables, and find useful links and information on English. Topics cover the spectrum of ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP subject areas.

Explore Voice of America’s interactive teaching and self-learning tool. Free featured articles on a variety of subjects with online activities for English language teachers and learners.

National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences Kid’s Pages These pages offer many links to U.S. songs and items of interest to the children and adults.

Online Graphical Dictionary Teachers and learners can use this to look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. It produces diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. You can learn how words associate.

Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County Search Engines and Directories just for kids on topics such as Art & Music, Ancient Civilizations, Animals, Environment, Health & Nutrition, History, Just for Girls, Literature & Language, Science and Sports.

Voice of America Special English News reports in language adapted for English Language Learners. Includes a glossary and podcasts for English learners. Broadcasts can be downloaded and played while offline, and transcripts of broadcasts are also available.

Reading-English Club Variety of English reading texts with exercises for students.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University OWL houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction. TOEFL Practice Online The only official practice test for the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) and the only test preparation that uses real TOEFL iBT questions.

Conversation starters English language students This site presents short conversation starters or readings that you can study and then try to apply in everyday situations.

EZ Slang Reduce your accent, speak more naturally, and understand conversational speech. EZSlang is designed to help you reach these goals rather than sounding like an English textbook.

Grammar Bytes, Interactive Grammar Review Index of grammar terms, interactive exercises, handouts, and a section on grammar rules with interesting PowerPoint presentations.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab This has a broad range of activities from easy to advanced levels.

BBC World English, Learning English A variety of longer listening passages from the news. Includes learning materials for beginning to advanced level English learners on vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and Business English based on news stories from BBC world service.

Dave’s ESL Café Variety of exercises and lessons for practicing English language skills.

EFL/ESL English language lesson plans & podcasts This page offers free, 13-page, Ready-to-Print EFL/ESL Lesson Plans on Current Events.

NASA Kid’s Club This page offers activities from NASA for kids for whom English is a first language.

CNN Student News Multimedia news resources for middle and high school students produced by CNN.

Phonetics: Sounds of American English This site offers animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of English, German, and Spanish.

Poetry for High School readers The Library of Congress has an extraordinary collection of materials and programs for use by teachers and students. Ask Oxford: Ask the Experts This is a database of some of the questions sent in to the Oxford Word and Language Service team, including frequently asked questions like “What is the longest English word?” and “How many words are there in the English language?” Also included is a “Jargon Buster” that “gives clear and concise definitions for grammar and literary terms.”

Visual Dictionary This is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is a good language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home, or at work.

English Listening Lesson Library Online Listening activities, games, videos, and songs with reading, speaking, and vocabulary activities and audio downloads for practicing listening skills

ESL Reading Free graded reading material.

Mark’s English School-Games Interactive grammar games.

English Grammar Secrets Self-study grammar lessons and exercises for students.

Real EnglishVideo and interactive lessons for improving listening comprehension and speaking.

Speech Accent Archive Provides sample phrases for use in conversation.

U.S.A. Learns A free site for adults to learn English and improve basic reading, writing, speaking and life skills.

The World Bank’s Scholarship and Fellowships Program The Program provides opportunities for graduate and postgraduate studies leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in development-related fields for mid-career professionals from eligible developing countries.

Train your Accent Improve your accent and rhythm in English and learn daily expressions at the same time. This site provides you with samples of relaxed, North American English that reflect everyday activities and helps you sound more natural.

Zoom in on America This is an interesting online magazine for students of American English.

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The “E-Teacher” Scholarship program is a 10-week professional development course for English language professionals in India. Professors at U.S. universities provide online instruction on the most current English language teaching methods and techniques. The RELO offers scholarships to ELT professionals in India for this online program in which participants use distance technology to interact with ELT experts in the U.S. and participate in online discussions on topics related to ELT. For details about the courses offered, please visit the E-Teacher Scholarship Program here.