U.S. Dept. of State Selects Ehret High Teacher for Prestigious English Language Teaching Fellowship

Taryn U’Halie

The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Taryn A. U’Halie from John Ehret High for a 10-month fellowship project teaching English in Kazakhstan at Karaganda State Technical University. U’Halie is one of only 165 U.S. citizens selected for the 2016-17 English Language Fellow Program.

U’Halie holds a M.A. in TEFL/TESL from Colorado State University, and she is a consultant for the Greater New Orleans Writing Project (GNOWP) based at the University of New Orleans. For the past seven-years, she has been teaching high school ESL for JPPSS, and for the past two years she has taught adult ESL intermediate composition courses at Delgado Community College.

During U’Halie’s fellowship, her work will focus on teaching academic writing courses for university students and training faculty to become proficient instructors in academic writing through the use of a research-based College Ready Writer’s Program sponsored by the GNOWP. She will also be teaching STEM based course-content to university students and faculty by using research-based curriculum that focuses on the Earth’s Climate Systems. U’Halie’s STEM curriculum is being sponsored by the American Meteorological Society.

The English Language Fellow Program is the premier opportunity for experienced teachers of English
to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that
English is taught abroad. Through projects developed by U.S. Embassies in more than 80 countries,
Fellows work directly with local teachers, students, and educational professionals to improve the
quality of English language instruction offered at prestigious universities and other academic

Since 1969, the English Language Fellow Program has sent thousands of TESOL scholars and
educators abroad to promote English language learning, enhance English teaching capacity, and
foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through cultural exchange. On
assignment, Fellows teach English, conduct teacher training, develop resources, and organize events
and conferences. These projects are challenging and the teachers selected represent the best of the
U.S. TESOL community. In return, the program provides professional development opportunities to
help participants experience different cultures and build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL
careers back home.

English Language Fellows are counted among the more than 50,000 individuals participating in
U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fellow Program is administered by
the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.