Grant Announcement: American Instructor

Application Deadline: July 26, 2020

Title of Program: English Lounge Series Program at the American Spaces Korea

Goals and Objectives: 

The American Spaces Korea network serves as the main program platform at the U.S. Embassy – currently there are five American Spaces, one American Center Korea, four American Corners in Busan, Daegu and Gwangju, and Pyeongtaek.  One of the key programs at American Spaces is English language program, and the Public Diplomacy Section provides them through program series called English Lounge.

English Lounge program will run on twice a month basis for the period of a year, for a total of 24 sessions. This program is a way for the Embassy to foster communication with future rising leaders and established leaders both in and outside of Seoul. The topic of each program is something drawn from current affairs and the goals of the program are for Koreans to practice their English and for them to gain a better understanding of U.S. policy, American culture, and society.

Instructor prepares thematic teaching materials; leads participants to practice conversing in English; discusses current issues; helps participants learn more about U.S.-ROK relations, U.S. policy, history, culture, and society; shares American ideas and values. Instructor also leads interactive discussion with participants and share ideas.

*Program format may be flexible (virtual or in-person program) depending on the COVID-19 situation in Republic of Korea.

Specific goals include:

  • To broaden ROK understanding of and support for U.S. policy and promote American English language learning opportunities;
  • To engage with emerging voices (future rising leaders) and established leaders via English speaker programs;
  • To cover topics in the theme of U.S.-ROK alliance, balanced trade, women’s empowerment, diversity, tolerance, following the Public Diplomacy Korea priorities;
  • To provide accurate information about U.S. culture, social trends, history, society, and values

Eligibility: College degree; teaching skills (teaching background is preferred); presentation skills; interpersonal skills. This is an outreach tool for the U.S. Embassy.

Language: All programs are conducted in English.

Program Venue:
American Center Korea, U.S. Embassy Annex, in Namyoung-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
American Corners in Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, and Pyeongtaek

Target Audience: Future rising leaders and established leaders (mostly university, graduate students, young professionals with some English teachers, ages range from 18 to 40)

Period and Financial Support:

  • Period: 24 sessions in 12 months (November 2020 – October 2021)
  • Grant ceiling amount: not to exceed approximately $6,500. This total amount includes honorarium ($250/session) and program materials.  Local travel expense is not included in the said ceiling amount, but may be added later if there are on-site sessions.

Important Dates:

  • July 13, 2020: U.S. Embassy Begins Accepting American Instructor Applications
  • July 26, 2020: Final Deadline for American Instructor Submissions
  • August (TBC): Request for Invitation-Only Interviews will be issued. Interview Instructions will be provided to Selected Candidates.
  • August (TBC): Announcement of American Instructor Award Recipient
  • November 2020 – October 2021: American Instructor Grantee Period

How to Apply:  Please submit the following materials to no later than July 26, 2020 (Email Subject Line: Application-English Lounge American Instructor: Name)

  • CV or résumé with cover letter
  • Grant proposal – You may use attached form (Please indicate which American Spaces – American Center Korea in Seoul, and American Corners in Busan, Daegu, Gwangju and Pyeongtaek – you can lead English Lounge Series.)

Review Criteria:

Selection will be made based on below review criteria:

1. Grant Proposal
2. Previous Work Experience, Training, and Education
3. Interview