The Regional English Language Office (RELO) supports the mission of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America by strengthening the U.S. – Indonesia Strategic Partnership by building capacity through English teaching and learning in Indonesia. English language competence brings greater opportunities in business, education, and communication, and closer ties with the United States, especially through Department of State scholarship programs such as Fulbright scholarships.
Regional English Language Office
Public Affairs – U.S. Embassy Jakarta
Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 3 – 5
Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
- Dr. Bradley Horn, Regional English Language Officer
- Dian Safitri, RELO Assistant
- Ayunda V. Siagian, RELO Assistant
- Catur Wahyudi, RELO Assistant
English Language Fellow Program
The English Language (EL) Fellow Program in Indonesia promotes English language learning and enhances English teaching capacity in turn creating greater understanding between the peoples of the United States and Indonesia.
The EL Fellow Program places talented, highly qualified U.S. educators with Master’s degrees in TEFL/TESL or Applied Linguistics at universities, education NGOs and other centers of education in Indonesia. Through U.S. embassy projects, Fellows share their expertise, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn other cultures. Upon returning to the United States, they share their experiences and acquired knowledge with their communities and professional colleagues.
English Language Fellow Host Institutions in Archipelago:
- Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara (UMSU), Medan
- Institut Agama Islam Negeri Palangka Raya (IAIN Palangka Raya)
- Universitas Sampoerna, Jakarta
- Universitas Islam Negeri Yogyakarta (UIN Yogyakarta)
- Akademi Kepolisian, Semarang
- Institut Agama Islam Negeri Salatiga (IAIN Salatiga)
- Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim (UIN Maliki Malang)
- Universitas Sam Ratulangi (UNSRAT), Manado
- Institut Agama Islam Negeri Kendari (IAIN Kendari)
- Universitas Pattimura (UNPATTI), Ambon
English Access Microscholarship Program
The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented non-elite 14–18 year-olds through after-school classes and intensive summer sessions. Access students gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, increase their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of Indonesia, and gain the ability to participate in future U.S. exchange and study programs.
In 2017, Indonesia has more than 550 students studying at ten Access sites. Since its inception in 2004, approximately 115,000 in more than 85 countries have participated in the Access Program.
Access Classes in Indonesia
Access Classes with Indonesian International Education Foundation Indonesia (IIEF)
- Jember, East Java
- Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan
- Bima, West Nusa Tenggara
- Ternate, Maluku
- Serang, Banten
- Bandar Lampung, Lampung
English Language Specialist Program
The Department of State’s English Language Specialist Program recruits U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to conduct programs in Indonesia ranging from two weeks to four months.
The English Language Specialists assist the U.S. Embassy in delivering and maintaining quality English Language programs in Indonesia and to promote mutual understanding. The U.S. Embassy, in consultation with Indonesian education contacts, defines the English Language Specialist assignments, which may include teacher training, curriculum and textbook development or host institution program evaluation. In some cases, digital video conferences or webinars are used to deliver trainings or consultations.
If you have an English Language Specialist proposal, please contact the Regional English Language Office.
E-Teacher Scholarship Program
The American English (AE) E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to take university-level professional development courses through various university partners in the United States. The AE E-Teacher Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by FHI 360.
All AE E-Teacher courses use the latest in instructional technology to provide participants with an interactive distance-learning experience, and are designed to familiarize participating teachers with current methods and issues in the field of English as a Foreign Language.
The AE E-Teacher Program also connects participants with U.S. English language teaching experts and creates a professional network of international colleagues.
Courses Offered and Descriptions:
- Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting
Exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students engage in authentic situations to develop the ability to navigate across a variety of cultures. This intercultural ability requires language choices and awareness of oneself as a cultural being. It also requires critical thinking skills, which are themselves culturally defined. Using experiential learning as the organizational model, this course will engage participants in analyzing personal experiences, media, EFL textbooks, and classrooms to develop the capacity to think critically about the cultural assumptions and viewpoints embedded in their teaching content and process. After examining themselves as cultural beings and assessing learners’ needs and goals, participants will develop a concrete teaching lesson that reflects their view of teaching critical thinking and intercultural competence in their particular context.
- Teaching Grammar Communicatively
In this practice-oriented course, participants will explore how to adapt grammar instruction to meet their students’ needs. They will also focus on integrating grammar instruction with teaching language skills, varying grammar instruction to meet the needs of large, mixed ability classes, and using available technology effectively to enhance grammar learning inside and outside the classroom. Participants will discuss different challenges their learners may have with learning grammar, and discover how they can help learners use grammar to improve fluency and accuracy.
- Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom
This course is designed to help English language teaching professionals around the world acquire and maintain basic knowledge and skills in technology for professional purposes through hands-on learning. It will help teachers integrate pedagogical knowledge and skills with technology to enhance their language teaching and learning through their reading, discussion, and creation of new learning activities. The course will help participants apply technology in record keeping, feedback, and assessment, and use technology to improve communication, collaboration, and efficiency by participating in online discussion and presentation.
- Teaching English to Young Learners
This course is designed to introduce participants to the theory and practice of teaching young learners (7 – 12 years old) and very young learners (under 7) in the EFL classroom. Participants will investigate approaches for teaching language within a meaningful context as well as different techniques for making language input comprehensible and encouraging student participation. They will also look at the major principles that govern language teaching based on all four skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through individual learner-centered activities, virtual collaborations and discussions, and group activities with learning teams, participants in this course will explore various aspects, from theory to practice, of teaching EFL to children.
- Professional Development for Teacher Trainers
This course is designed for both novice and experienced teacher trainers. Participants will develop and polish their skills and knowledge base of evidence-based methods for delivering comprehensive, engaging, and relevant teacher trainings. Learners will be introduced to methods for crafting, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training workshops so they can apply concepts and theories to the production of impactful teacher training in their local context.
English Teaching Forum and Materials
Since 1962 English Teaching Forum has been a useful, friendly magazine for English Teachers. Currently, more than 80,000 print editions of English Teaching Forum are distributed to subscribers in more than 125 countries around the world. The English Teaching Forum mission is to contribute to the professional development of its readers around the world by offering articles that reflect current theory and practice in English language teaching.
English Teaching Forum accepts submissions of on a wide variety of topics in second/foreign language education. Most of the articles published in English Teaching Forum are submitted by its readers.
RELO Archipelago Homegrown Programs
Camp EPIC (Empowered, Prepared, Inspired, Connected) is a two-week intensive camp for selected pre-service teachers, English department students who are writing their undergraduate thesis and/or in their final year of study. In an engaging, interactive format with expert teachers and American professionals, selected participants will explore innovative teaching approaches and practice using effective English teaching tools. The camp format also encourages reflection and interaction during informal activities such as games, songs, and outdoor activities. Since its inception in 2015, there have been more than 150 alumni from more than 40 higher institutions / universities across the archipelago and Timor L’este benefited from joining the camp. Besides, there are more than 3000 pre-service English teachers joined the mandatory replica workshops conducted by the alumni.
For more information, visit EPIC Core website
SOAR (Student-centered, Open-minded, Active and Reflective) Camp is a one-week camp for young in-service teachers from all over Indonesia who have teaching experience between 5-10 years. It focuses on enhancing the teachers’ critical thinking and reflective teaching skills so that they will be able to deliver a student-centered and active teaching in their classes. The camp expands the teachers’ knowledge on material writing and evaluation, using technologies in teaching, as well as language assessment so that they will be able to prepare teaching materials, teaching aids and language assessment which are in line with the camp goal, i.e. to help English teachers become student-centered, open-minded, active and reflective. SOAR Camp empowers young teachers to grow their capabilities and gives direction to advance their effectiveness in the classroom for greater student achievement.
Indonesian Massive Open Online Course (IMOOC) is the home grown online course initiated by the RELO Office in Jakarta, Indonesia. The selected theme for the course is Technology for Autonomous Learning. This project of creating a localized MOOC focused on life-long English learning is aimed at sharing tech solutions and ideas for English language teachers and pre-service teachers to gain out-of-class experience with learning English. Through creative practice, online applications, and practical independent study that will lead them beyond the MOOC, participants ultimately increase their awareness of how to embrace autonomous learning. The development and implementation phases of the program were facilitated by English Language Specialists Debra Lee (Vanderbilt University) and Santi Budi Lestari (Universitas Indonesia), and run through RELO’s implementing partner, Universitas Indonesia. Over the two-year program, 850 selected participants from over 1600 applicants explored innovative digital tools through hands-on practice and practical independent study.