English Language Resources

ECA Office of English Language Programs

The resources page of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) American English website contains guidance and materials. American Spaces can hold workshops on how to use the website as a learning tool and develop connections with other programs — alumni, conferences, training, the English Access Microscholarship Program, English book clubs and conversation clubs, etc. — to share ideas and best practices. Connect through your local embassy or consulate with the Regional English Language Officer (RELO) that covers your area for ideas to develop and offer English language activities. For more information, contact americanenglish@state.gov.

Trace Effects is a video game for ages 12-16. Participants learn English and explore American culture through interactive puzzles, games and adventures to virtual U.S. locations such as New York, the Grand Canyon and Washington D.C. The game also explores themes of entrepreneurship, community activism, empowering women, science and innovation, the environment and conflict resolution. Trace Effects parties and/or contests make great activities. The DVDs may be freely copied and/or installed on American Spaces computers.

English Teaching Forum is a quarterly journal for professional English language teachers. Articles are free to download from the extensive collection. Embassies may provide print versions to American Spaces.

Voice of America

English language learning resources offered through VOA include Let’s Learn English, a 52-week course for beginners. Videos show the lives of young Americans and include instruction in speaking, vocabulary and writing. Printable worksheets, assessments and lesson plans for individual learners and English teachers are available.

Other VOA English learning resources include VOA English in a Minute Videos and VOA Everyday Grammar TV

Share America

Share America offers compelling stories and images that spark discussion and debate on important topics like democracy, freedom of expression, innovation, entrepreneurship, education and the role of civil society. The English Learning section provides links to English learning articles and everyday conversations topics.

English Language Programs in American Spaces

English Language Clubs run by volunteers are often some of the most successful and popular activities. Exchange alumni, English teachers and other English speakers in the area are excellent resources to facilitate regular meetings of English language clubs. Interest-based clubs can allow American Spaces to reach a broad audience with diverse language levels: debate clubs, drama clubs, Toastmasters, Model UN clubs, music clubs and book clubs to name a few.

Guest Speakers provide a glimpse of American culture while giving visitors a chance to practice English listening and speaking skills with original American English speakers. Embassy officers, eligible family members, Peace Corps Volunteers and other Americans in the area are good choices for English language cultural presentations. Presentations can range from a discussion about the democratic process to a demonstration of making chocolate chip cookies.

Interactions with U.S. Government Exchange Participants are a great opportunity for an afternoon of “language exchange” in which host-country nationals speak in English while their American counterparts speak in the host-country language.