OPEN Global Online Courses (GOCs)

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About the OPEN Program

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 sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, implemented by FHI 360, and created by U.S. academic institutions and experts in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

About theOnline Courses

OPEN Global Online Courses (GOCs) are offered four times per year:

  • Fall (September 26 – November 20, ),
  • Winter (January 9 – March 4, ),
  • Spring (April 9 – June 3, ), and
  • Summer (July 2 – August 26, ).

A four-week period is scheduled before each term for participants to complete an online orientation.

Please refer to the program overview for eligibility and application requirements. For those who have already been nominated, please see the Nominee Webinar slides and read the AY 2023-2024 Global Program Information for more information about nomination and registration.

Available Courses

  • Creating and Implementing Online Courses (Arizona State University)

This course gives participants powerful tools to create and implement online courses for students.

  • Developing and Teaching Academic Writing Courses (Iowa State University)

Participants learn what academic writing is and how to develop courses that suit the writing needs of their students.

  • Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting(World Learning)

This course engages participants in analyzing personal experiences, media, EFL textbooks, and classrooms to develop the capacity to think critically about the cultural assumptions and viewpoints embedded in their teaching content and process.

  • Professional Development for Teacher Trainers(Arizona State University)

This course, designed for both new and experienced teachers, gives participants methods for creating, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training

  • Fostering Student Motivation and Engagement(University of Oregon)

In this course, English language educators improve their teaching practices and increase their students’ level of motivation and engagement in learning English.

  • Teaching English to Young Learners(George Mason University)

This course is designed to introduce participants to the theory and practice of teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) to young learners 3-10 years old.

  • Teaching Grammar Communicatively(World Learning)

In this practice-oriented course, participants explore how to adapt grammar instruction to meet their students’ needs.

  • TESOL Methodology(University of Maryland Baltimore County)

This course is designed to provide participants with current methodologies for teaching English learners (ELs) of different ages in many learning contexts.

  • Teaching for the Future: English Teaching to Take on Climate Change(Kansas State University)

The purpose of this online course is for participants to learn about, discuss, and create English Language Teaching (ELT) materials – related, in particular to climate change and the environment – they can use in the classroom to help prepare their students for the future.

  • Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom(Iowa State University)

This course is designed to help English language teaching professionals around the world acquire and maintain basic knowledge and skills in technology for professional purposes through hands-on learning.

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