• EnglishUSA Book Club!

    During the Stakeholders 2020 event, a few people mentioned interest in putting together a book club.  For those of you who participate in one already, you know that there are a variety of ways to approach them.

    This survey is designed to get a general sense of what people would like to see in an EnglishUSA book club, with the acknowledgement that 'one size doesn't fit all." 

    Thanks in advance for filling this out.  More information to come!
  • Are you represented by a Republican Representative?

    From our Friends at NAFSA
    • Urge your member of Congress to oppose the proposed rule change through our Connecting Our World advocacy portal.
    • NEW: If you are represented by a Republican in the House of Representatives, sign up to receive a sample message and their immigration staffer's contact info to encourage them to add their name to a House GOP sign-on letter in defense of D/S led by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-03). ***IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THE STAFFER INFO, SAMPLE MESSAGING IS BELOW.*** The deadline for new signatures is Monday, October 19 so act now!

    To: immigration staffer in your House Republican's office


    Dear [immigration staffer],

    My name is [insert name and affiliation if appropriate] and I am a constituent of [insert lawmaker's name] from [insert city]. I recently learned that Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) is leading a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of the significant contributions international students and scholars make to our country and the vital importance of maintaining the duration of status policy.

    The letter rightfully asserts that the DHS proposed rule to limit the admission period for international students would place a "significant burden on our immigration system, slow the economy, and cause detrimental harm to our universities." Note that international students studying in the district contributed [$XX million] to the economy in the 2018-2019 academic year. [insert data from NAFSA's econ value tool].

    Rep. Herrera Beutler is now seeking Republican colleagues to join her in signing this letter. As a constituent, I urge your boss to join her in support of a matter of such vital importance to the U.S. economy and the higher education system in this country. The deadline to sign on is Monday, October 19.

    To sign on, or to learn more, please reach out to Rachel Thompson ( in Rep. Herrera Beutler's office.

    Thank you.

  • Informal Meet Up 10/14

    Don't forget!

    EnglishUSA Informal Meet-Up

    October 14, 2020 5:30pm Eastern

    CLICK HERE to register

  • EnglishUSA, TESOL and UCIEP Joint Statement Opposing D/S Proposed Limitation

    Please see our Joint Statement released today (D/S/ proposed limitation)
  • TESOL PAIS Seeking Panel Administrators

    TESOL's PAIS is seeking program administrators from a variety of educational settings to join our panel for TESOL '21 to share how you are administrating your programs while working or managing remotely. Title and abstract are below. If interested, please submit this form by 6pm (ET) on Monday, October 12th.

    At this time, we don't know if TESOL '21 will be held in person in Houston or virtually, but do recognize that many institutions won't be funding, or perhaps even allowing, in-person conference attendance by next spring. Thank you in advance for expressing your interest in joining our panel despite the uncertainties that exist at many of our workplaces currently.

    Title: Effectively Administrating Language Programs in a Remote, Socially Distanced World

    This session will feature multiple panelists presenting best practices for leadership of remotely delivered language programs with a particular focus on how to address common complications found in this environment, such as staying student centered, mentoring teachers, conducting virtual classroom observations, advising students, managing resources, and navigating time differences.
  • October 15 Webinar: Building Digital Presence in China

    EnglishUSA's strategic partner Bonard has a webinar opportunity of interest to our members.  Check it out!
  • Teaching Opportunity, University of Texas-El Paso

    Date: 10/19/2020 to 12/10/2020 (Mon to Thu)

    Subject: TOEFL (Reading and Writing)

    Time : Reading - 08:00 to 08:50 (Mountain Time El Paso)

              : Writing – 09:00 to 10:20 (Mountain Time El Paso)

    Platform: Microsoft Teams

    Payrate: $25 to $32 per hour (depending on qualifications and experience)


    Please send the resume to Herrera, Socorro <>


  • CONTACT your REP TODAY, 10/5/2020

    It's time to take action on the proposal to limit duration of status (D/S) for international students. We are currently working on language to assist our members to submit responses by October 26, 2020 on the Federal Register. However, there are other actions we can take RIGHT NOW. There is a Dear Colleague letter circulating in the House opposing the proposed new rule imposing fixed limits on int'l-student visas led by Reps. Debbie Dingell (MI) & Mark Pocan (WI). Please contact your Representative by phone or email by Close of Business Day on Monday,10/5 to express your concern.   Here's a link to find your representative:





    (by the end of business day October 5, 2020)



    Note the GREEN sections below that you need to edit based on your context.



    Dear XXXXXXX

    I started out thanking my Congressman, XXXXXX, for all XXXX support over the years and mentioned the impact of the loss of international students for our community, state and country and that the proposed changes in the current duration of status of F, J and I visa holders will continue to drive international students away from the U.S. and our community.

    International students remain a key part of the higher education ecosystem. They enrich the higher education experience for all students and provide meaningful contributions to our country. The proposed rule places needless restrictions on these students and fundamentally threatens a cornerstone of our nation's higher education system.
    Please consider signing onto the Dear Colleague letter (pasted below). If you have done so already, thank you for your support!

    I signed with my position and the name of our school and copied the Dear Colleague letter below.


      TEXT OF DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER/REQUEST from Reps. Dingell and Pocan (followed by letter to be sent to DHS)


    Deadline: COB Monday, October 5th

    Co-signers:Dingell, Pocan


    Dear Colleague:

    On Friday, the Trump Administration announced a proposal rule to limit the duration of status for international student visas and place additional restrictions on student visas based on the individual’s country of origin. The change increases the uncertainty for these students by placing fixed term limits on their course of study, altering a proven system that offers flexibility for both four-year degrees and doctoral programs that may require additional time to complete.

    International students remain a key part of the higher education ecosystem. Their contributions are critical to maintaining the United States' leadership in STEM fields and cutting-edge technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence. These rules would threaten the hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by international students, as well as the tens of billions of dollars in economic activity that these students facilitate each year. 

    The changes place additional burdens on students and universities, and disincentivize prospective international students from attending U.S. institutions of higher education. Our letter requests that DHS rescind these changes and maintain the current duration of status policy.

    If you have any additional questions or would like to sign on to the letter, please reach out to Tiger Ricchetti ( in DebbieDingell’s office or Kate Huffman ( in Mark Pocan’s office.


    DebbieDingell                                                 Mark Pocan

    Member of Congress                                        Member of Congress

    October XX, 2020


    Dear Acting Secretary Wolf:

    We are writing to express our concern regarding the September 25, 2020 proposed rule that would arbitrarilylimit international student visa lengths and place additional restrictions on student visas based on an individual’s country of origin. These changes in policy place additional burdens on students and universities, further disincentivizing prospective international students from attending U.S. institutions of higher education. International students are a critical part of colleges and universities across the country, and this proposed rule would undermine our nation’s leadership in higher education and research.

    Currently, most international student visas are valid for the duration of status, which allows international students to remain in the United States if they remain enrolled in an institution of higher education while abiding by rules relevant to their immigration status. This proven system provides flexibility for both four-year degrees and doctoral programs that may require additional time to complete.

    The proposed rule replaces this longstanding policy with a fixed, four-year visa. This would be further reduced to just two years for students who were born in Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria, regardless of their citizenship, as well as citizens of those countries.  This rule also uses a flawed methodology to limit citizens of countries with certain visa overstay rates, disproportionately impacting students from countries that send smaller numbers of international students. Furthermore, the proposed rule would arbitrarily limit the number of times students can change programs at the same degree level and impose intrusive mandates that would allow Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to arbitrarily make determinations traditionally left to academic institutions.

    These proposed changes, if enacted, would place at risk the academic careers of the over 1 million international students who attend U.S. institutes of higher education each year. These students play a fundamental role in our nation’s academic and campus life. Their contributions are critical to maintaining the United States’ leadership in STEM fields and cutting-edge technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence. These rules would also threaten the hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by international students, as well as the tens of billions of dollars in economic activity that these students facilitate each year.

    International students remain a key part of the higher education ecosystem. They enrich the higher education experience for all students and provide meaningful contributions to our country. The proposed rule places needless restrictions on these students and fundamentally threatens a cornerstone of our nation’s higher education system. With this mind, we urge you to rescind these changes to duration of status of F, J, and I visa holders and maintain the current duration of status policy.

    We must ensure the United States welcomes and fosters international students who are vital to our economy and continue to provide meaningful contributions to research, culture, academic life, and our country.

    Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your prompt response.


  • Call to Action: Dear Colleague Letter

    Wanted: any additional details on "Dear Colleague" letter circulating in the House opposing the proposed new rule imposing fixed limits on int'l-student visas. Led by Reps. Debbie Dingell (MI) & Mark Pocan (WI). Write, call (or thank!) your rep and ask to support (Close of Business Day on Monday,10/5).
  • Welcome New Members! July to September, 2020

    Please welcome the newest EnglishUSA members:

    Study Insured,

    Friend of EnglishUSA
    Alexandra Rowe, Columbia, South Carolina

    Strategic Partners
    ICEF, Bon, Germany
    IIE, United States

  • Join Welcoming Week 2020 Campaign with NAFSA


    1. To stand in solidarity with international students and scholars, immigrants, and refugees, engage with Welcoming Week 2020. NAFSA is proud to partner again with Welcoming America to promote this annual celebration, which this year runs from Saturday through September 20. Here are a just a few of the creative ways higher education is engaging with #WelcomingWeek this year:
      • ​​Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic and the Borough of State College will release a short video about Welcoming International Students to State College;
      • Project FINE and Winona State University (MN) are hosting a panel of naturalized citizens who will share their experiences and provide insight into the challenges of becoming a United States citizen, and
      • The Kennesaw State University (GA) Museum of History and Holocaust Education and CivicGeorgia will hold a conversation about legislative turning points in U.S. immigration history as well as the ebb and flow of welcoming and exclusion in the American experience.

    Social media is a great way to show your support, especially in these COVID days when organizing events is tricky. Considering competing in the Welcoming Week photo contest; snapping and sharing a picture holding a "I am a Welcomer" sign that is available for download in multiple languages, or sharing a story on social media that shows how your campus or community is manifesting the welcoming spirit international educators are known for. There are fun social media stickers and filters you can use also. Drop us a line at with what you plan to do!

  • PDC 2021 Announcement


    We have decided to cancel the in-person EnglishUSA Professional Development Conference that was scheduled to take place in Phoenix, Arizona for reasons known to all of us at this time: budget & travel restrictions and the uncertainty of COVID-19 spikes. 

    Most importantly, we want to ensure that the health of our attendees, their families, colleagues, and friends is not compromised.

    We are excited about coordinating a series of EnglishUSA topic-based webinars for January and February based on several of the topic areas in our call for proposals (e.g., curriculum, professional development, student services, technology, etc.).  

    We are grateful to those who submitted proposals, which will be undergoing review soon for possible webinar sessions.  

    EnglishUSA continues its commitment to professional development and member-to-member sharing of best practices.  A silver lining during COVID-19 is that many more of our colleagues have been able to engage in our virtual events.  

  • Raffle Winners!

    Our raffle winners for free Stakeholders registrations are....

    Tracey McGee, IIT
    Rebecca Yoon, Appalachian State
    Kelly McClendon, Washburn University

  • ELF Applications Open!

    English Language Fellows are highly qualified U.S. TESOL professionals who assist U.S. Embassies in delivering and maintaining quality English language programs. Through 10-month assignments, Fellows share their expertise and interests, develop new skills by teaching in different contexts, and gain unique international experience. They also support U.S. Department of State diplomatic efforts to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Involvement in these projects has helped alumni obtain higher-level jobs in the TESOL field.

    The English Language Fellow Program is highly competitive, and the teachers selected to participate represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. We are actively recruiting experienced educators and scholars with a graduate degree in TESOL or a related field and a demonstrated commitment to the field of English language teaching. For more information about the English Language Fellow Program eligibility requirements, click here.

  • Resource Documents on EnglishUSA Engage

    Did you know that when a post has an attachment on EnglishUSA Engage that it's saved in the Library?

    Bookmark this link to refer back to updated resources!
  • 2020 Stakeholders Website Launched!

    We're super excited to launch our EnglishUSA 2020 Stakeholders Conference website--check out the agenda, speakers, sponsors, and registration information!

  • Open Forums (aka "Table Topics") Ideas


  • August 20: IIE IEP Open Doors Data Release

    IIE will be releasing the annual Open Doors Intensive English Program (IEP) data on August 20, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT.  The presentation will provide statistics on IEP enrollment, durations, and leading places of origin from the 2019 calendar year. 

    IIE will be joined by Cheryl Delk-Le Good, Executive Director of EnglishUSA and Julie Strecker, UCIEP President, who will provide the field with additional insights and highlight how this data can be used. 

  • Meet-Up & Raffle: September 2, 2020 5:30 pm (ET)

    Meet-Up & Raffle
    September 2, 2020
    5:30 pm (ET)
    EnglishUSA will be holding an electronic raffle on September 2, 2020 ET during the monthly informal meet-up.
    The raffle winner will receive a free registration for the October 1-2, 2020 Stakeholders Conference! If you have already registered for the conference, no worries! We will reimburse you if you win.
    Sign up for the September 2nd meet-up today! With the synchronous/asynchronous teaching and US time zones, we know that you might not be able to attend the meet-up live, so the three winners need not be present to win. However, we do need to sign up for the session so that we can put your name in the pot for the random electronic drawing.
    EnglishUSA thanks National Geographic Learning for sponsoring three registrations to the event. We encourage first-timers (for the meet-up, Stakeholders, etc.) to put your name in for the drawing.

    Click here to register.
  • August 12th Meet Up at 5:30 ET

    Don't forget about our informal meet-up 8/12 at 5:30 ET.  We'll have options for different rooms--both work-related and purely social!

    Two requested topics:

    -Impact of SEVP guidance on enrollments

    -Summer reading choices
  • Advocacy Action from NAFSA


    As we enter the dog days of summer and the August recess draws nearer, the Senate continues to negotiate a COVID-19 related economic stimulus package. For those of you who have already reached out to your Senators, thank you! For those who have not, there is still time to communicate your support for necessary funding and policy changes related 
    to restoring and sustaining the field of international education. 


    • Have one minute? Use our online form to generate a message to your lawmakers that carries our top-line requests for key policy changes and financial resources in the Senate stimulus package;
    • Have two minutes? If you haven't already, sign up to receive a sample message that outlines these requests to send directly to the immigration and education staffers in your lawmaker's office. Constituents in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, KS, ME, MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, RI, TN, TX, WA, WI, UT, and VT are particularly important given the committee assignments of one of their senators.

    Thank you so much for your continued advocacy for international education at this time. 

  • Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

    The past few weeks have taught us a lot about staying on top of current updates in our field.  If you haven't joined one or all of these EnglishUSA social media accounts, consider doing so!
    Facebook group
  • Have you thanked your elected officials yet?

    If you haven't done this yet, click on these three group letters that were sent out last week and be sure to thank your Member(s) of Congress if they signed.  A quick email is all you have to do!

    And make a note in your files that they signed this--we may have to refer to this later!!!

    Letter #1 link

    Letter #2  link

    Letter #3  link (this one mentions English language training!)

  • Government Connection: Changes and New Opportunities in Saudi Arabia Sponsored Programs

    Government Connection: Changes and New Opportunities in Saudi Arabia Sponsored Programs

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 1:00:00 PM EDT - 2:30:00 PM EDT

    1:00 p.m. EDT

    Register Today

    Sponsored Government Scholarship programs tend to be in flux due to various global factors while institutions seek timely and accurate information to help develop and implement enrollment strategies to recruit and retain scholarship students. This Government Connection will provide updates on Saudi scholarships and upcoming opportunities in Saudi Arabia. Representatives from EducationUSA, Institute of International Education, Saginaw Valley State University, and Central Florida University will share insight into the current Saudi economy and how to manage expectations for Fall 2020 and beyond. 

    Learning objectives include:

    • Hear updates on Saudi scholarships and sponsored programs
      • Working with EdUSA to create new opportunities
      • Prioritizing which scholarships are relevant for your institution
    • Manage institutional expectations
      • Understand the current Saudi economy and landscape
      • Discuss 2021 and beyond 
    • Explore beyond scholarship programs to recruit Saudi students
    • Leveraging alumni connections in Saudi Arabia
    • Establish relationships and meeting sponsors' needs through campus stakeholder collaborations
  • Revisiting Staff Morale: July 14th Meet Up

    Revisiting Staff Morale


    July 14, 2020

    6:00 pm (ET)


    Back in late March, we had an informal Coffee Hour on Staff Morale and came up with some good ideas to help each other and our colleagues cope with the COVID-19 impact (check out Google Doc ). It was suggested then and again last week that we revisit that topic.


    Come join your EnglishUSA colleagues for an informal, topic-based check-in on staff morale. We'll likely break up into smaller groups and come back together to "drop some knowledge."


  • NAFSA Town Hall: SEVP Fall 2020 Guidance

    Town Hall: SEVP Fall 2020 Guidance

    July 16, 2020

    2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT


    This town hall event will feature a discussion of SEVP's recent guidance and the anticipated rule on COVID-19 and Fall 2020.  We will provide an update on related litigation and NAFSA's liaison and advocacy efforts, including steps you can take.  We will review some key aspects of the guidance to consider as you plan for Fall 2020, and two Directors of ISSS offices will share their ideas and issues as they grapple with implementing the guidance.

    Since the event is focused on a complex and rapidly developing topic, please expect a discussion of issues and approaches rather than pat answers and simple templates.  In keeping with the town hall format, we also encourage you join this virtual event to share your concerns about the guidance and its impact which will help shape priorities for NAFSA liaison and advocacy work.

    Registration for the live event is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. The recording and transcript will be made publicly available 48 hours after the live event.

  • Expanding EnglishUSA Membership Engagement

    EnglishUSA is excited to kick off its 2020-21 membership year by expanding its membership categories.


    EnglishUSA membership is now open to pathway programs in the U.S.A.-programs that combine English language and academic preparation with credit-bearing university classes. In addition, we are launching a new category of engagement, Friends of EnglishUSA, to support individuals, independent consultants, freelancers, and independent contractors in the English language program industry.  Current member programs include university, college, and community-college governed programs as well as private independent single and multi-site programs. 


    "These changes will expand outreach and support for all types of English language programs and individuals working in the field," said Cheryl Delk-Le Good, Executive Director of EnglishUSA. "We hope to continue raising awareness of the importance of the English language program industry for attracting international students to United States, and we want to expand networking opportunities, especially given the difficult market conditions we are experiencing."


    IEP and pathway program memberships run from July 1 to June 30, 2021.  Individuals can apply to be Friends of EnglishUSA at any time throughout the year for a 1-year membership. EnglishUSA is offering a 50% discount (through 10/1/2020) on new eligible Friends of EnglishUSA.

  • May 27th Virtual Networking Meet-Up

    The EnglishUSA Annual Networking Reception was scheduled for May 27th in St. Louis during the NAFSA Annual Conference.  This is always a popular event among our members, giving us a chance to catch up with each other. 

    The date has been circled on my calendar for over a year....let's do it virtually! 

    Join colleagues from all over the country for an informal meetup and check in.  Pop in and say 'hi' for just a few minutes if that's all you have.

    Quick registration link here.   

    If we have a full house, we'll break up into groups and move around a bit.

  • Study Travel Magazine Offer for Members!

    StudyTravel Magazine is offering English USA members the exclusive opportunity to showcase your school for a reduced rate.


    The English USA collaborative ad will run in the August/September edition alongside the annual Market Analysis report of the US Language Market.  


    Other features and benefits of the Aug/Sep edition:

    • Distribution at ST Alphe UK our flagship agent event – online and/or in print!
    • ST Star Awards 2020 Nominees announced!
    • Additional promotional emails and content showcasing your brand as an advertiser.
    • Articles on Language exams, Online Courses and market trends in multiple locations.


    It costs £340 (approx. $445 USD) to take part in the Aug/Sep edition EnglishUSA ad and there is space for your high-res logo, location, contact details, slogan and 25 words of text.


    If you want to check if you are already signed up, or find out more information about how you can join in with the members already advertising – just drop Bonnie an email. Book by 19th June!


    Kind regards,

    Bonnie Lancaster

    +44 (0)20 3817 6154


  • Bonard Daily Market Monitor

    Have you signed up for  Bonard's Market Monitor yet?  Compilation of news updates from around the world re: international educaton.
  • Updates from ICE: Guidance on COVID-19 FAQs

    SEVP continues to receive COVID-19-related stakeholder questions about SEVP-certified schools and nonimmigrant students. Download this PDF to read answers to Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19. This list is regularly updated – please note the timestamp of the most recent document update.
  • Call for EAIE Submissions

    How resilient is internationalisation and the people and institutions it touches? The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is only the latest in a series of stress tests for international education in recent years. In this issue of Forum, we will seek to highlight the many faces of resilience in internationalisation at the personal, programmatic and institutional levels, but also the many ways in which the field of internationalisation itself may need to show resilience in these uncertain times. For inspiration, read our recent blog post for more about the kinds of submissions we're hoping to receive.

    Will you add your voice to the conversation? Submit your 800–1200 word article to by 15 June. Click below for more information on this issue’s theme and submission guidelines.

  • Call for TESOL 2021 Reviewers!


    Applications must be submitted electronically using by 22 May 2020 at 5 pm U.S. eastern time. Click on the "apply to be reviewer" link on the My Proposals page. You will be notified via email in early June if you have been selected to review proposals for TESOL 2021.

  • Virtual Coffee Break: Coping with Our Own Burnout

    Virtual Coffee Break: Coping with Our Own Burnout

    Description: Come meet author Rebecca Pope-Ruark of "Beating Pandemic Burnout" (April 28, 2020 Inside Higher Education), for a Friday afternoon informal and interactive discussion on how we are dealing (or not) with our own personal and professional burnout. Consider reading the article in advance and come meet the author who shares insights on how "focusing on purpose, compassion, connection and balance in times of uncertainty can help you cope with challenges." We'll break out into smaller groups to reflect on her advice along with other strategies our EnglishUSA members offer.

    Date: May 15, 2020 3:00-4:00 ET

    CLICK HERE to Register and click here for the article


    Rebecca Pope-Ruark is a faculty teaching and learning specialist at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is author of Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching and co-editor of the forthcoming collection Redesigning Liberal Education: Innovative Design for a Twenty-First-Century Undergraduate Education. She is currently working on a book about faculty burnout for Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • Save the Date! Coffee Break with Inside Higher Ed Contributor

    Save the Date! EnglishUSA is hosting a coffee break conversation and discussion with Rebecca Pope-Ruark, author of "Beating Pandemic Burnout" published in Inside Higher Ed last week!

    May 15, 2020 3:00 ET
    Register here

  • Updated SEVP Guidance (COVID-19)

  • EnglishUSA launches new online community

  • Invitation to an IELTS Indicator webinar

    IELTS will be hosting webinars for education organisations to learn more about IELTS Indicator including how to register your organisation to verify IELTS Indicator results. 
  • EnglishUSA Engage: Introduction & Assistance

    Come learn more about the new EnglishUSA Engage online community and get real-time virtual help setting up your account.

    May 7, 2020, 4:00 ET

    Sign up here!
  • Hey this is Veronique

    testing public annoucements
  • Hey Cool Community check it out

    papers are due next month. don't forget to submit here