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Linh Phung Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious English Language Specialist Project

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Linh Phung of Eduling International for a two-week virtual English Language Specialist project focusing on TESOL Methodology at Higher Normal School in Navojoa, Mexico, which prepares graduates to teach in Telesecundaria and Telebachillerato schools. Phung is part of a select group, as her project is one of approximately 240 that the English Language Specialist Program supports each year.

Dr. Linh Phung has 20 years of EFL/ESL teaching experience and has published and presented widely about task-based language teaching, language pedagogy, and topics in second language acquisition. She is also an EdTech innovator with the Eduling Speak app, which connects learners to talk in pairs during tasks. For this project, she will conduct TESOL methodology lessons as well as present at a TESOL methodology forum at Higher Normal School.

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. Through projects developed by U.S. Embassies in more than 80 countries, English Language Specialists work directly with local teacher trainers, educational leaders, and ministry of education officials to exchange knowledge, build capacity, and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities in the United States and overseas.

Since 1991, the English Language Specialist Program has supported in-country, virtual, and mixed projects in which hundreds of TESOL scholars and educators promote English language learning, enhance English teaching capacity, and foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through cultural exchange. During their projects, English Language Specialists may conduct intensive teacher training, advise ministries of education or participate in high-level educational consultations, and offer plenary presentations at regional, national or international TESOL conferences. These projects are challenging and those selected represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. In return, the program provides professional development opportunities to help participants experience different cultures and build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers at home.

English Language Specialists are counted among the more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Specialist Program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.

For further information about the English Language Specialist Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit or contact the program by phone at 202-632-6452 or e-mail

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