The Opening Ceremony of the first TESOL seminar was held on the 5th of August, 2019 at the International University in Central Asia. Our honorable guests from the Embassy of the USA Mariam Ubilava, Cultural Affairs officer, Natalia Djumanalieva, Cultural Affairs Assistant, as well as Vice Mayor of Tokmok city, Stupnikov Sergei Victorovich greeted the participants. The president of the International University in Central Asia Dr. John Rosslyn Clark and Vice President on Academic Affairs and Strategic Planning Kalchakeeva Aigul Muratovna addressed the participants and wished them fruitful work in the seminar.
International University of Central Asia launches the program of TESOL in training experts in EFL and ESL in Kyrgyzstan. The TESOL center in Kyrgyzstan funded by IUCA will commit the main social mission: give the opportunity to all the regions of Kyrgyzstan especially Kyrgyz speaking population to advance the level of English.
The aim of the project is to develop, promote and introduce the modern methods of teaching English by means of training school teachers and university professors in all regions of the country. The TESOL project will improve the quality of education in small towns and rural areas including Tokmok city and surrounding villages.
Future university- based TESOL Center in Kyrgyzstan will be located in IUCA. The first TESOL summer school starts on the 5th of August 2019. There will be 20 teacher participants from different schools and universities of Kyrgyzstan. Only highly skilled trainers and experts were invited to run the project, among them are Tsukanova N.E. and Maksakova A.E. – local trainers of IUCA, and Mary Shepard Wang- professor of APU, two-time Fulbright Scholar from the USA.
Mary Shepard Wong is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, first at The Chinese University Hong Kong (2012-2013) and then at University of Yangon, Myanmar in the Department of English. She has over three decades of teaching experience in English Language teaching and teacher education in the U.S., China, Thailand, and Myanmar. Her doctorate is in International & Intercultural Education (University of Southern California), and her Masters degrees are in East Asian Languages and Cultures (UCLA), and TESOL (Azusa Pacific University). She has presented and published in the areas of internationalization of higher education, developing global competence, professional development, and the role of religious faith in English language teaching. She resides in Pasadena, CA with her husband and directs one of the graduate TESOL programs at Azusa Pacific University where she is a Professor. She is the author or editor of four books, the most recent published in 2018.