U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro Margaret Ann Uyehara, together with the Regional English Language Officer Jen MacArthur and English Language Teachers’ Association of Montenegro (ELTAM) President Dragana Radoman officially launched international English language teacher training program “Cross-Border Classroom Connections” on January 10 in Budva.
The program covers 40 hours of training for approximately 75 current English language teachers, administrators and experts of the State Department funded English language programs, such as the Access Microsholarship program, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. During five days, U.S. language experts, including U.S. Fulbright English teaching assistants and fellows from the region, share their expertise with the teachers.
The aim of the program is to build the capacity of program administrators to plan and implement the State Department supported English language programs effectively, provide participants with new ideas for teaching U.S. culture, focus on media literacy, critical thinking, and other 21st century skills, as well as create and strengthen regional cooperation.
“Cross-Border Classroom Connections” is an initiative of the Regional English Language Office (RELO) in Belgrade, the United States Embassy in Podgorica, and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs. The English Language Teachers’ Association of Montenegro ELTAM implements the program.