English Language Training Certificate Program

For Azerbaijani Teachers at NC State University

North Carolina State University is pleased to offer a U.S. Department of State-supported Teacher Training Program aimed at helping advance Azerbaijan’s goal of improving English-language fluency at all levels of education. NC State has a long and successful history of providing both ESL/EFL programs to students and in-service teachers.

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The Global Training Initiative is partnering with NC State’s Department for Foreign Languages and Literatures to provide a unique professional development opportunity for 100 Azerbaijani English teachers in 2021. This program is fully funded by the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan. There is no cost to apply or participate in this program. The program’s structure and schedule have been developed for working English/EFL teachers who have families and careers that may not permit them to engage in full-time study or overseas study. Participants that complete this program will emerge with greater knowledge, skills, confidence, tools, and credentials to be more effective EFL teachers in their communities.

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EFL students in Azerbaijan

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Meet the 2021 ELT Teaching Team

Dr. Jillian Haeseler will serve as the Academic Program Coordinator and primary instructor. She has many years of experience teaching ESL/EFL in the U.S. and abroad and has administrative experience managing ESL programs and ESL teacher training programs. She is currently the Director of English as a Second Language in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at NC State University and continues her teaching, administrative, and scholarly research duties with great success. Professor Haeseler is a two time Fulbright recipient where she provided consulting to EFL programs abroad and is a Fulbright Specialist who does consulting and training overseas in the EFL field.

Paula Wilder received her M.A. in TESOL from Greensboro College and her B.A. in English from Guilford College. She currently serves as the director of English for academic purposes and continuing education for non-native English speakers at Durham Technical Community College. Paula has been responsible for the creation and implementation of academic EFL curriculum programs at two community colleges in North Carolina and has worked as a consultant for other community colleges who are in the process of implementing their EFL programs. She is also an instructor in the TESOL certificate program at N.C. State, and teaches English composition, serves as a thesis advisor, and has designed and teaches Academic Writing for ELLs and TESOL: Adult Language Learners in the MA TESOL program at Greensboro College. Paula has also taught at Harvard University’s Institute of English Language. In 2014, Paula received the TESOL International Ruth Cryme’s Award and was a runner-up in the 2016 TESOL International Teacher of the Year Award. She has presented her research in a variety of venues, including Oxford University, TESOL, Int’l, UNC-Charlotte, N.C. Community College System Office Conferences, SETESOL, Carolina TESOL, TALGs, NCADE, and NCEI. She has also conducted teacher training workshops in Canada, Mexico, and China.

Lynn Bergschneider has been teaching in a variety of adult ESOL contexts since 1991. She began her career teaching English for Business in Japan, where she worked for several years with employees from various international corporations at the Language Institute of Japan and at Sumitomo Metals. She also taught Business English for one year at the Higher College of Technology in Dubai. In the US, she has worked primarily in the higher education context, including INTERLINK Language Centers in Indiana and North Carolina, and with Graduate and PhD students in the Duke University EIS program. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in TESOL from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Amanda Baker will serve as the technical support and coordinator for the EFL program. She is a current graduate student in the Master of International Studies program at NC State. She is also currently teaching part-time in a public, asynchronous, high school program through NC Virtual. Amanda has been a secondary, public school teacher for 12 years. She teaches AP Human Geography, AP World History, and Civics and Economics.