English Language Training Certificate Program

For English Teachers in azerbaijan

North Carolina State University is pleased to partner with the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan to offer the third iteration of the English Language Training Certificate Program. This program is 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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2023 Program Overview

This program is designed to enhance the quality of English language teaching in Azerbaijan and foster a professional network of peer educators. By the end of the program, participants are expected to demonstrate:

  • an improvement in English language proficiency
  • a capacity to build a network and share ideas with professional peers
  • the ability to integrate at least 6 new ideas into their 2023 state-standard curricular classes.

The program’s structure and schedule have been developed for working EFL teachers who may not have access to engage in full-time or overseas study. Weekly assignments are designed for practical and immediate classroom integration.

Part I: English Language Training (ELT) Course (Online)

January -May 2023: up to 100 teacher participants meet twice a week for a (1) lecture (Mondays 7:30-9:00 p.m. AZT) and a (2) small-group practicum experience (Wednesdays 8:00-9:30 p.m. or Thursdays 7:00-8:30 p.m. AZT).

Training Schedule Outline:

  • January 23: Program Orientation; First Meetings
  • January 30 through March 6: Lesson Plan 1 topics include Language Learner Theories, Lesson Planning, Classroom Management, Assessment Techniques, Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation
  • March 13: Conference Session Design*
  • March 20: Novruz Holiday No ELT Program meetings or new assignments
  • March 27 through May 1: Lesson Plan 2 topics include Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Literature, Task-based Communicative Language Teaching
  • May 8: Program Evaluation and Ceremony

*All 100 teacher participants are invited to submit a Conference Session Proposal related to their success in implementing new ideas into the classroom. Up to 30 Proposals will be selected for showcase at the 2023 ELT Conference in Baku planned for June 2023, and those presenters will be expected to join Part II for additional training.

Part II: Train-the-Trainer Component (Online)

The 30 Selected Conference Presenters will join asynchronous and synchronous lessons from May 15 through June 12 in preparation for a live conference in Baku City. Instructor Paula Wilder will facilitate exercises to develop presentation content and practice peer-to-peer professional presentation skills.

Part III: Conference in Baku at ADA University (In-Person)

The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan and North Carolina State University will host a live professional showcase at ADA University in Baku. The conference is targeted at English language teachers across Azerbaijan and will feature selected presentations from the 2023 cohort of ELT teacher participants. The 2023 conference will highlight the work of the ELT course through instructional workshops as well as tabletop discussions, each led by the conference cohort of selected participants.


A cohort of 100 secondary-level English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher participants will be selected for the Spring 2023 program. Applicants must:

  1. be current English language teachers (excluding teachers of other subjects who use English)
  2. currently work for a government school (employment verification included)
  3. identify as “early career” professionals (within the first 5 years of English language teaching)
  4. have relatively little previous experience with professional development opportunities
  5. be confident with spoken and written English language 
  6. demonstrate motivation to learn and implement change into teaching practice

Priority will be given to teachers serving government schools in the regions as opposed to Baku City.

Application questions should be directed to Becky Cibulskis, NC State Program Coordinator: rcibuls@ncsu.edu.


Meet the 2023 ELT Instructional Team

Dr. Jillian Haeseler serves 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 the English as a Second Language program 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 that 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 taught Academic Writing for ELLs and TESOL: Adult Language Learners in the M.A. 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.

Dr. Alison M. Turner is a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. She teaches in the English as a Second Language (ESL) department. She prepares candidates to teach multilingual learners in K-12 schools as well as students who teach English abroad. She also works with international students at NC State to improve their oral communication skills in English. Her research interests include promoting parent-school-community connections; tapping into students’ Community Cultural Wealth (Yosso, 2005); and culturally responsive teaching to engage multilingual learners. Dr. Turner is currently the program coordinator of NC State’s ESL Add On Licensure program, an instructor in M.A. in TESOL program and the TESOL Certificate Program.  

Dr. Turner is a former high school Spanish teacher. She attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and received her B.A. in Romance Languages. She completed a master’s of arts and teaching (MAT) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as well as a M.A. in Spanish at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. She received her Ph.D. in Education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in December 2014.