In honor of 50 years of success for the English Language Fellow Program, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will host a celebratory event at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce will host the event and give opening and closing remarks.  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Lussenhop, will deliver a keynote speech to honor the program, its participants, and its partners.  Invitees include members of Congress, foreign embassy representatives, and distinguished Fellow alumni.

ECA will present awards to three outstanding alumni and to seven U.S. universities that have been important partners in the success of the Fellow program – University of Colorado Boulder, University of Oregon, School of International Training, Columbia University, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, University of Washington, San Francisco State University.

Since 1969, the English Language Fellow Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, has sent TESOL professionals to countries around the world to teach English and train English teachers through projects coordinated through Regional English Language Officers (RELOs) at U.S. embassies.

Interested journalists are asked to please RSVP to, by 5:00 pm on November 4th

Pre-set time for cameras is 5:15 p.m. from the C Street entrance.  Final access time for writers and stills is 5:30 p.m. from the C Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

For more information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at


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