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English Language Programs

As part of our overall mission to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Qatar, U.S. Embassy Doha offers a number of programs to assist and support students, teachers and administrators of English as a Second Language (ESL). Key programs include:

  • Moving Library
    Micro Moving Library Program

    The Micro Moving Library Program is an Embassy initiative aimed at sharing English language teaching and learning resources with independent schools at the primary, preparatory and secondary levels through the provision of English language books and cutting edge teaching materials. Please click here for a printable program brochure. Brochure »

  • Primary School Reading Program

    Through the Primary School Reading Program, volunteers from the Embassy community visit local primary schools to read and discuss English language story books with students. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in having Embassy volunteers read at your school. 

  • Book Club
    English Language Book Club

    The purpose of the book club program is to inspire students’ love of reading and English language learning through the discovery of great literature. Each year, the Embassy sponsors book clubs in one to two schools and works with students in these schools over a period of several weeks in reading a selected book and engaging in lively discussion that promotes English language learning and open debate. 

  • English Language Film Club

    The purpose of the initiative is to inspire English language practice and discussion through the art of film. Each year, the Embassy selects one to two schools to work with on the program. Embassy staff work with students over a period of several weeks on the program, which involves watching an educational film and engaging in a number of hands on activities promoting discussion and debate about the film in their classroom. 

  • Reading and Writing Competitions

    At various points throughout the year, the Embassy will hold English language Reading and Essay Writing Competitions for interested students. This year we are holding essay competitions to honor Presidents’ Day on February 16, 2014, Earth Day on April 21, 2014, and International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2014. Schools are encouraged to nominate their best English language students to participate. Prizes, including IPod shuffles and gift certificates, will be given to the winners! 

  • Professional Development Events for Teachers

    Last year the Embassy offered rewarding (and free!) professional development opportunities for English teachers in Qatar through our Language and Literacy Professional Development Workshop Series. We are very happy to announce that we have continued to offer the program this academic year and had our first event on “Technology in the Language Classroom” on November 2nd at Qatar Academy in Al Wakra. Nearly 100 teachers attended. We already have three events slated for 2014 so don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to be included on our events mailing list! 

  • Teachers Training
    English Language Specialist Program

    The English Language Specialist Program recruits U.S. academics in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) for short-term workshops abroad. At various points throughout the year, the U.S. Embassy Doha will host these U.S. specialists to conduct professional development workshops at interested schools and institutions. In February 2014, the Embassy will be sponsoring English Language Specialists Dr. William Acton and Suzanne Acton to visit Doha and participated in the annual Qatar TESOL conference. 

  • E-Teacher Scholarship Program

    The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers intensive online, graduate level classes to Qatari English teaching professionals through two U.S. universities, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Oregon. Participants receive certificates from the universities upon successful completion of the course. Each year the Embassy sends out a “Call for Applications” for the program. Please contact us if you are interested in participating. 

  • Webinar Program

    The Embassy offers interactive online professional development seminars for interested English language teachers, coordinators and administrators. These seminars are free of charge and conducted by experts from top U.S. universities and are offered at various times throughout the year. Webinar participants are eligible to receive certificates from the Embassy if they participate in at least 6 hours of any given webinar series. Please contact us if you would like to be alerted of upcoming webinars. 

Special Programs

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  • Students and teachers of English also have access to over 1,000 free educational resources, including webinars and professional development opportunities for teachers, through the State Department’s new American English website. American English is also the home of Trace Effects, the exciting 3-D interactive online video game that explores English language while taking you to cities and locations across the U.S. overview.
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  • For more information on our programs please contact:


    Julia Kirby

    English Language Advisor