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NCC TESOL Professor Headed to Madagascar on Teaching Fellowship

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

Robert Emigh Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious English Language Teaching Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Robert Emigh of Norwalk Community College for a 10-month fellowship project training teachers and teaching English in Madagascar at the University of Antananarivo. Prof. Emigh is one of only 200 U.S. citizens selected for the 2022-2023 English Language Fellow Program.

Emigh is a tenured professor at Norwalk Community College (NCC) in Norwalk, Connecticut and has been teaching ESL and EFL students as well as future English teachers for over 25 years. He received his Master of Arts in Teaching (ESOL) from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Before coming to NCC, he taught at the City University of New York– Kingsborough Community College campus in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has also taught in Thailand, and Brazil, and as a volunteer at the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, Connecticut. Over the years, he has taught and developed material for a wide range of English language courses, including TESOL Methodology, college reading/writing, grammar, pronunciation, TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship, and English for Special Purposes. He has presented at national TESOL conferences in the U.S., France, and Brazil.

The English Language Fellow Program is the premier opportunity for experienced teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught abroad and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with funding provided by the U.S. government. Through projects developed by U.S. Embassies in more than 80 countries, Fellows work directly with local teachers, students, and educational professionals to improve the quality of English language instruction offered at prestigious universities and other academic institutions.

Since 1969, the English Language Fellow Program has sent thousands of TESOL scholars and educators abroad to promote English language learning, enhance English teaching capacity, and foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through cultural exchange. On assignment, Fellows teach English, conduct teacher training, develop resources, and organize events and conferences. These projects are challenging, and the teachers selected represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. In return, the program provides professional development opportunities to help participants experience different cultures and build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers back home.

English Language Fellows are counted among the more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fellow Program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.

For further information about the English Language Fellow Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit our website, contact us by telephone at 202-632-6452, or e-mail

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