July 17, 2000
English Language Institute attracts Egyptian educators to Santa Cruz
By Joselyn Ignacio-Zimardi
UCSC Extension's English Language Institute has welcomed to Santa Cruz a group of 25 Egyptian educators in a 20-day global training program focused on the methodology and curriculum development of English for Specific Purposes.
The program, which started July 3, will continue until July 28 at UCSC Extension's University Town Center location in downtown Santa Cruz.
The general goal of the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program--focusing on English for academic purposes--is to produce a cadre of skilled and knowledgeable ESP teachers and trainers. These people will implement training approaches and teaching methodologies for other teachers and trainers and develop educational programs and curriculum tailored to Egyptian educational institutions.
Participating in the ESP training workshop are English teachers from universities
and institutes throughout Egypt who will be completing a three-part program. The
program includes a one week pre-departure workshop in Cairo, a four-week training
in Santa Cruz implemented by UCSC Extension, and a two-week follow-up training with
ESP teachers in Cairo.
UCSC Extension's International Programs include language and cultural enhancement as well as specialized contract training programs for groups from around the world. The University Town Center, where the ESP Course Design and Materials Development for ESP Trainers Program is held, offers fully equipped state-of the-art classrooms, a computer laboratory with Internet access, and administrative offices.
The English for Specific Purposes program is funded by USAID and administered
through the Institute of International Education, AMIDEAST and the Career Development
Center in Cairo.