| Tarun Tamuli |
Jorhat, May 21: Tarun Tamuli, a higher secondary school teacher in Jorhat district, is one of the 26 people selected from across the world for an English language development programme workshop at Oregon University, USA.
The scholarship is granted jointly by the US department of state under its office of English language programs, administered by the bureau of educational and cultural affairs, as well as the linguistics department of the American English Institute of the Oregon University at Eugene.
Tamuli, 44, is a teacher of English at Selenghat Higher Secondary School in the district and hails from Jhanji in adjoining Sivasagar district.
The teacher told this correspondent that he has been selected for a 23-day e-teacher scholarship program professional development workshop, Fall 2014 and was the only participant from India to qualify programme to be held from October 25 to November 16.
The invitation letter issued to Tamuli on May 7 from e-teacher scholarship program, US department of state, bureau of educational and cultural affairs, stated he has been selected to participate in the workshop along with a group of 26 e-teachers from across the world. Signed by Emily Rine Butler and Leslie Opp-Beckham, director of sponsored programmes and director of e-learning respectively of the University of Oregon, linguistics department/ American English Institute, the letter says: “You were chosen to participate based on your outstanding performance in the online e-teacher course and your capacity to implement training in your country or region.”
Elaborating on his selection process, Tamuli said he had participated in the ELTAI (English Language Teachers’ Association of India) International Conference held at SRM University, Chennai, from July 18 to July 20 last year.
During the conference he came to know that RELO (regional English language office) India of the US embassy announces a series of highly competitive online e-teachers’ scholarship courses every year. These courses are globally offered to English subject teachers teaching in countries where English is a non-native language and hundreds of teachers apply every year. “I applied for the TESOL (teaching of English to speakers of other languages) methods course and was the only participant to be selected for this online scholarship program in India, held from October 7 to December 13, 2013.”
The course, conducted by the University of Oregon, graded his performance as “outstanding” with 100 per cent score and gave him a certificate from the US department of state, office of English language programs, and the University of Oregon’s American English Institute, department of linguistics.
Tamuli has been involved in teacher-training programmes for English language teachers at different levels since 2005. “I have undergone training at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, and hold a PhD in English (linguistics and phonetics) from there.”
He said after returning from the US, he would organise programmes to popularise the English language and impart new methods of teaching the language.