What’s New in American English

In October on the American English at State Facebook page our theme will be Cultural Heritage and Cultural Exchange. On the American English for Educators Facebook page our theme will be Culturally Inclusive Teaching. On the Teacher’s Corner Facebook group our theme will be The Sustainable Classroom: Building a Better Future as Environmental Stewards. Feel free to download our graphics and use them on your U.S. Government associated Facebook pages. They can be found in Box and Sharepoint.

The latest issue of the 2021 English Language Forum has been posted on the American English website. A highlight from (Vol. 59, No. 3) is a feature article written by our colleague Lottie Baker on using story retelling wheels with young learners.

This week on the American English at State Facebook Page we continue highlighting our monthly theme with a vocabulary series on Cultural Exchange. The English for Journalism MOOC Vocabulary this week includes; investigative journalism, teleprompter. Our #WomenWednesday features a quote from Nigerian Author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The Teacher’s Corner Facebook theme for October is The Sustainable Classroom Building a Better Future as Environmental Stewards and this week we focus on Students as Environmental Stewards. We’ll reflect upon the ways we have seen young people in our classes take action as stewards of the environment. We’ll look at different ways students can share beyond the walls of the classroom so they can use their creativity, collaborate, and build community.

On the American English for Educators Facebook page the American English LIVE Teacher Development Series 12 will have its fourth session on Wednesday, October, 27. The fourth session, “Integrating STEAM and English With Oral Language Routines” will take place at 8am and 1pm ET. Promotional graphics and discussion posts are included with this week’s materials.

Be sure to check out our American English Materials. You can find copies of our most recent materials at the following links. The Global Guide to English Language Programming in American Spaces can be found in Box and on the American English Website. The updated Picture U.S. edition 2021, is in Box and on the AE website. The Online Program Material Guides – Teacher’s Guide to Creating Lessons with MOOCs, MOOC Camp Guide for Facilitators, and Virtual Watch Party guide is in Box and on the AE website.

The American English YouTube channel had a new featured animated video about Back to School Vocabulary. Have you ever set a goal for yourself at the start of a new school year? What did you hope to achieve? Listen to this conversation to learn some verbs related to going back to school.

The Materials Catalogue for English language teachers and learners is available.  These resources are aimed at supporting teachers of English outside of the United States. This catalog provides information on publications that are produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs and distributed through U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world. Please see below for ordering information.

Online Professional English Network (OPEN) MOOCs: Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting, English for Tourism Professionals, English for Media Literacy for Educators, Assessment of English Language Learners,  English for Business & Entrepreneurship, English for Journalism and more are open for enrollment. More details about all MOOCs and links can be found below.

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October’s Theme: Cultural Heritage and Cultural Exchange

October’s Language Point: Phrasal Verbs


Graphics that are in the Box and Sharepoint for you to cross-post/use:

  • Idiom: the bottom line
  • Cultural Exchangepopular leisure, ways to introduce, pets
  • Phrasal Verbs: warm up, try out, pass out, week 5 review, pig out
  • Food for Thought: UNESCO
  • English for Journalism MOOC Vocabulary: investigative journalism, teleprompter
  • #WomenWednesday features a quote from Nigerian Author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • #EducationUSA shares a vocabulary graphic for tuition 


American English for Educators Facebook Page