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Parrish Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious English Language Specialist Assignment

The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Professor Betsy Parrish for a six-month virtual English Language Specialist project on developing handbooks for establishing Communities of Practice in Vietnam with the National Foreign Language Project of the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training. Parrish is part of a select group, as her project is one of 130 that the English Language Specialist Program supports each year.

Her work began online with a series of workshops that began on Friday, June 12, 2020.

The following week Parrish said, “I had such a blast with this amazing group of educators and leaders in Vietnam over the weekend.”

Parrish will conduct sixteen online workshops and consultation sessions for a team of expert trainers and ministry officers on establishing and sustaining Communities of Practice with English language teachers in Vietnam. The team will develop five handbooks to support teachers at all school levels.

"The team and I finished the weekend feeling energized and with a plan of action for the months ahead," said Parrish. 

Parrish, Professor in English language teacher education in the School or Education at Hamline, has over 25 years of experience working on professional development projects in the US and abroad, including prior experience in Vietnam as a Fulbright Specialist.

The English Language Specialist Program is the premier opportunity for leaders in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught abroad.

Link to U.S. State Department official press release.

Written by staff.