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Regional English Language Office (RELO)
August 11, 2021

Regional English Language Office

The Office works through the Public Affairs Sections of the US Embassy and US Consulates to create and implement projects and programs related to English language teaching methodology by providing training opportunities, expertise and materials. The RELO Office in Beijing is one of 26 such offices around the world and is coordinated by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs

Online Programs

The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) program offers virtual learning opportunities to foreign English language educators, professionals and learners worldwide. OPEN promotes mutual exchange of culture and provides free access to teaching and learning materials which can be reused, adapted and shared with others. OPEN professional development opportunities are developed by U.S. academic institutions and experts in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).



American English Webinar offers three series each year of six Zoom Live professional development sessions for English language educators around the world.

Get to know the most recent webinar series from: https://www.openenglishprograms.org/LiveEvents



The OPEN Program offers free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to English teachers and learners, which are open to an unlimited number of participants. Some MOOCs are 5 weeks, and some are longer.

For more information: https://www.openenglishprograms.org/MOOC



A quarterly journal for English teachers written by teachers, with classroom ideas and activities, plus suggestions for professional development. Browse online English Teaching Forum issues and articles dating back to 2001 from https://americanenglish.state.gov/forum.

Exchange Program Opportunities

The English Language Fellow Program brings American academics in English language education to China for 10 months to work with a higher educational institution. The Fellows all have a minimum of a Master’s degree (MA) in TEFL or a related field such as Applied Linguistics or other such fields.  The Fellows can work with the host institution to teach students, train English teachers, develop curriculum and materials, and address assessment issues. For detailed information, please click here.


The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) brings teachers of English or Chinese as a Foreign Language to the U.S. for one year to teach Mandarin Chinese to American primary and secondary school students and serve as cultural resources for their host schools and communities. Please contact RELOBeijing@state.gov for more information.


Local Programs

TESOL Master Class Webinar Series

TESOL Master Class Webinar Series is a tailor-made program which provides the opportunity for U.S. and Chinese teachers and scholars to exchange ideas on English language teaching addressing the context and needs in China.

TESOL Master Class Webinar Series 1

TESOL Master Class Webinar Series 2

TESOL Master Class Webinar Series 3