Leading U.S. expert in English Language Teaching visits Turkmenistan

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Sat May 26 13:43:21 UTC 2007

Leading U.S. expert in English Language Teaching visits Turkmenistan
May 25, 2007

In an effort to support the policy of enhancing education in Turkmenistan,
the U.S. Embassy hosted a leading specialist in English Language Teaching
who had the opportunity to share her expertise with local teachers and
education experts.

English language specialist Dr. Donna Brinton conducted a series of
long-term seminars and individual presentations in three cities during her
May 11-23 visit to Turkmenistan.   Dr. Brintons sessions in Ashgabat
included talks on the process of accrediting institutes of higher
education and curriculum standards alignment for members of the Supreme
Council for Science and Technology and representatives of the Ministry of
Education and National Institute for Education.  Dr. Brinton held a week
of evening seminars and a day-long conference on interactive teaching
methodology for local teachers, as well as daily presentations for both
professors and students at Turkmen State University, the Azadi World
Languages Institute and Turkmen-Turkish University.  Dr. Brinton also
shared her experience working in the University of California university
system with a session on implementation of new technologies in English
language teaching. During her visits to Dashoguz, Mary and Lebap Dr.
Brinton provided training sessions to teachers of English from local
secondary schools, the Mary Power Engineering Institute, and for audiences
at the American Corners in each of those cities.

Dr. Donna Brinton with teachers from Mary and Bayramly
Dr Brintons visit is one part of a broader effort by the United States to
cooperate with the government of Turkmenistan and its Ministry of
Education in support of education and educational opportunities in

Donna M. Brinton recently retired as Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and
as the Associate Director of UCLAs Center for World Languages in order to
pursue opportunities in international teacher development. She has taught
a variety of graduate level classes and has also trained and supervised
teaching assistants. She is the co-author and co-editor of several
professional texts including Content-Based Second Language Instruction
(University of Michigan), The Content-Based Classroom (Longman), Teaching
Pronunciation (Cambridge), New Ways in Content-Based Instruction (TESOL),
and New Ways in ESP (TESOL). Ms. Brinton has done short-term international
teacher training in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, Canada,
Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa,
Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Senegal, Mali, Uzbekistan, Armenia,
Syria, Lebanon, and Curaao



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