The U.S. Mission to Indonesia established the Regional English Language Office (RELO) in 2000 as part of the Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy. RELO Jakarta’s mission is to support the effective teaching and learning of English in Indonesia and Timor Leste, while enhancing mutual understanding between the United States and these nations.
RELO Jakarta collaborates with Indonesian and Timor Leste government ministries and agencies, teacher’s associations, and universities in supporting teacher education, teacher training, and teacher professional development, as well as curriculum and language teaching materials development, and other English language teaching projects. RELO Jakarta is committed to supporting effective pre- and in-service training opportunities for English language teachers throughout the region.
RELO Jakarta is also committed to supporting the teaching and learning of English communication skills in a wide variety of specialized fields such as Communication Skills for Disaster Management Professionals, Communication Skills for Cybersecurity Program, English for Public Television Journalists, English for Law Enforcement, English for Environment and Climate Change, Inclusive Education, and more.
The Regional English Language Office supports English language training because it expands access to local and global employment, particularly for youth, enables access to academic and professional exchange opportunities in the United States, and strengthens connections between our nations.
Programs for English Language Teaching Professionals
Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Programs
The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) program offers virtual learning opportunities to foreign English language educators, professionals and learners worldwide. OPEN promotes mutual exchange of culture and provides free access to teaching and learning materials which can be reused, adapted and shared with others. OPEN professional development opportunities are developed by U.S. academic institutions and experts in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
OPEN Global Online Courses (GOCs)
OPEN Global Online Courses are graduate-level, professional development courses for teachers of English as a second language. Courses are run by U.S. universities and provide online instruction on current English language teaching methodologies. The Regional English Language Office provide a limited number of scholarships each year for these courses. For course details, please visit this webpage https://www.openenglishprograms.org/ If you are interested in applying for a scholarship for an OPEN course, please:
- Reach out through the RELO Jakarta’s email address RELOJakarta@state.gov and let us know which course(s) you’re interested in!
- Follow our social media channels where these opportunities are announced www.facebook.com/reloarchipelago and www.instagram.com/reloarchipelago
OPEN Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
The State Department’s Office of English Language Programs in Washington, D.C. offers MOOCs on a variety of topics such as English for Media Literacy, English for STEM fields, and English or Business and Entrepreneurship to English for Journalism and English for Career Development. These graduate level courses typically last five weeks. On completion, participants receive a certificate. For more information, visit https://www.openenglishprograms.org/UpcomingMOOCs
Resources for English Language Teaching Professionals
- American English Website
The American English website provides free, downloadable resources for teaching and learning American English and culture at: https://americanenglish.state.gov/resources-and-programs.
- English Teaching Forum
English Teaching Forum is a quarterly journal with articles on English language teaching trends, teaching techniques, and classroom activities for teachers. Free downloads are available at: https://americanenglish.state.gov/forum.
- American English Facebook
Join our communities of English language learners and teachers from around the world and stay up to date on our programs, events, and content at: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishatState.
- RELO Archipelago Facebook Page
RELO Jakarta also has a Facebook page with information about scholarships, resources, and other useful information: www.facebook.com/reloarchipelago
- American English YouTube Channel
The American English YouTube Channel provides a very large selection of videos with useful content for both educators and language learners: youtube.com/@AmericanEnglishatState
- American English for Educators
The American English for Educators Facebook group is for English language educators to share resources and participate in monthly Teachers’ Corner discussions at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishforEducators/
- American English Webinars
Each year, American English offers three series of six Facebook Live professional development webinars, as well as other events for English language educators at: https://americanenglish.state.gov/ae-webinars and https://www.openenglishprograms.org/LiveEvents
- Voice of America Teacher Training Videos
The Let’s Teach English video series offers a short training course for English language educators: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/p/6764.html
Additional course resources are available here: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-teach-english-teacher-tools-resources/4079022.html
Programs for English Language Learners
English Access Microscholarship Program
The English Access Microscholarship Program is a two-year, after-school, intensive English language program for economically disadvantaged 13-25 year-old students. In addition to English language instruction, the program promotes 21st century skills development, community service, and understanding of U.S. culture.
Resources for English Language Learners
Voice of America
Voice of America has a very large selection of resources for learning English, including courses for beginner to advanced, and easy-to-understand articles on news and current events.
- Beginners Resources – https://learningenglish.voanews.com/p/5609.html
- Intermediate Resources – https://learningenglish.voanews.com/p/5610.html
- Advanced Resources – https://learningenglish.voanews.com/p/5611.html
- Learn Grammar: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/z/4456/episodes
- Learn Vocabulary: https://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/voa-interactive-learning-wordbooks
- News: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/z/987
- Learn with the News – https://www.voanews.com/
- The Online Writing Lab
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides online reference materials and services for academic, professional, and creative writing. https://owl.purdue.edu/
- Teaching the Four Skills
Resources for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening. https://americanenglish.state.gov/four-skills-resources