Regional English Language Office

The Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the Public Affairs Section:

  • Collaborates with teachers, professional associations, universities, administrators, officials, and other stake holders to improve access to high quality English language instruction and resources
  • Nurtures stronger Turkish-U.S. ties through institutional linkages and exchange programs for teachers and learners of English
  • Advises on questions pertaining to English Language Teaching (ELT), conducts needs assessments, and offers guidance on all aspects of an academic program

For more information or to make a request, please email to:

English Language Specialist Program
Turkish institutions and associations can request the support of a U.S. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) expert for two or more weeks.  Typical projects include conducting workshops at professional development events and consulting on materials, curriculum and assessment issues.

English Language Fellow Program
Turkish institutions can request to host a U.S. TESOL professional for an academic year.  Precedence is given to institutions preparing the future generation of English instructors.

Online Professional English Network (OPEN)
Teachers, learners, and teacher educators can register for “limited seating” courses, massive open online courses (MOOCs), or Facebook Live webinars.

English Access Microscholarship Program
In cooperation with the network of TED schools, the Turkish American Association in Ankara, and Camp Future Stars, about 240 deserving Turkish teenagers from low-resource communities across the country participate in almost 400 hours of English, critical and creative thinking, leadership, and civic awareness skills building each year.

U.S. Embassy Small Grants Program
Twice a year individuals and institutions with innovative ideas on improving the quality of English language instruction in Turkey can apply for grants. Visit the “Grant Opportunities” page to learn more. Also, write to for more guidance.

American English Website
Teachers and learners alike can find hundreds of multi-media resources on this website.  Almost all of the content is in the public domain.  To find some of the most popular content, look for “teaching the four skills” and “U.S. culture, music and games” under the “Resources” tab.

English Teaching Forum
This quarterly journal is written by teachers, for teachers.  Programs preparing the future generation of English teachers should write to RELO and ask about receiving a print version subscription.

American English for Educators Facebook Page
Receive updates on virtual professional development opportunities, access videos about teaching idioms, and interact with a worldwide audience of educators on this exciting Facebook page.

Webinar Archive
Access hundreds of recordings of professional development webinars with topics including vocabulary games, academic writing, mobile devices in the classroom, and grammar consciousness-raising.

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program
In collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, approximately several public school teachers from specific regions of Turkey are chose to attend a six-week ELT professional development program each year in the U.S.

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program
Administered by the Fulbright Commission in Turkey, this program provides young Turkish teachers with strong English language skills an opportunity to teach Turkish at a U.S. university for one academic year.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program
Administered by the Fulbright Commission in Turkey, this program provides English preparatory programs at Turkish universities an opportunity to host American teaching assistants for one academic year in order to enhance their own students’ exposure to U.S. language and culture.

Visit the U.S. Embassy Ankara’s “Exchange Programs” web pages for more opportunities.