In September 2015, Ariuntuya Avirmed, an English teacher at the 37th Secondary School of Ulaanbaatar traveled to the U.S. to participate in a Department of State funded six-week exchange program, the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA).
Through TEA, A. Ariuntuya developed expertise in her English instruction and increased her knowledge about the United States. The highlights of her exchange included attending seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology and participating in a practicum in a secondary school near her host university, Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
A. Ariuntuya shared, “Sharing a classroom with teachers from 19 different countries and sharing experiences inspired me to dedicate myself to strengthening the secondary school education in my country…. The TEA program made it possible for me to participate in a conference with 700 other foreign language teachers and learn from many exciting activities every day.”
TEA is a non-credit customized academic program for secondary school teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Math, Science, Social Studies, or Special Education.
To learn more about the program, click here.