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American Studies Institute for Teachers of English from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Paraguay, and Uruguay

Client: U.S. Department of State, Public Affairs Section

Start: 2006  End: 2010

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of State, Public Affairs Section

Project Description:
This program brought English teachers from South America to Texas to promote a deeper understanding of the United States and to enhance their knowledge of best practices in the instruction of English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Goals of the program included strengthening teaching about American culture and society and improving the quality of English language teaching in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The 10 programs were two weeks in length, with 10-28 participants per program.

Public Administration at the Municipal Level:  A Program for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay

Client: United States Information Agency (USIA)

Start: 1994  End: 1995

Funding Agency: United States Information Agency (USIA)

Project Description:
The first phase of the two-phased program brought eight city and state officials from four countries in South America (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay) to participate in activities in Texas and Washington, D.C. The second phase involved five specialists from the U.S. conducting seminars in South America. An audience of more than 300 South American public administration professionals participated in the seminars held in various sites. Topics included Total Quality Management, Management of Municipal Solid Waste, Privatization of Municipal Services, the Design and Implementation of Economic Development Programs, Urban Planning and Strategic Planning.

Latin American Economic Journalists Program

Client: United States Information Agency (USIA)

Start: 1994  End: 1996

Funding Agency: United States Information Agency (USIA)

Project Description:
The first phase of this two-phased program took place in June, 1994. Twelve journalists from four Latin American countries (Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela) met with a cross-section of U.S. financial analysts, investors, economists and government officials. Topics included all aspects of financial relations between the Americas, investment practices, and economic and trade forecasts. The three-week program took place in Texas, New York, and Washington, D.C. The second phase served as a follow-up opportunity for the participants to address various international financial issues. Seven of the 12 journalists participated in a series of roundtables and panel discussions. The journalists formed a professional association "Asociacion de Periodistas en Economia y Finanzas de las Americas" (APEFA) which will host an annual symposium at different locations in Latin America. The first was held in Santiago, Chile, in Spring 1996.

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Program of Non-University, Technical Higher Education Reform

Client: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Start: September 1995  End: November 1995

Funding Agency: Inter-American Development Bank

Project Description:
TIEC recruited three consultants for IDB to work with the Ministry of Culture and Education in Argentina to advise on the model of administration and the design of a system of accreditation and evaluation for community colleges in Argentina. The consultants included a staff person from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, a president of a U.S. community college, and a faculty member from Anglia Polytechnic University, a member of the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX).

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Brazil Binational Centers Faculty Development Program for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Client: Association of Binational Centers in Brazil

Start: January 2015  End: January 2016

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of State and Association of Binational Centers in Brazil

Project Description:
This program provided mid-career teachers of English as a foreign language from Binational Centers across Brazil with a two-week, customized faculty development program featuring lectures on teaching methodology and the American educational system, a weekend home stay, and visits to K-12 schools, other ESL programs, and sites of cultural interest in the Austin area.

Brazil Fulbright Seminar on American Democracy

Client: Fulbright Commission of Brazil

Start: June 1989  End: July 1989

Funding Agency: Fulbright Commission of Brazil

Project Description:
TIEC, in collaboration with the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, developed a seminar for a group of 15 faculty, researchers, and secondary school teachers from Brazil. The goal of the seminar was to demonstrate how the American political process responds to evolving issues of American policy. The Brazilian participants attended discussions, panels and lectures set up by the LBJ School and visited with various government officials in Austin. Side trips were taken to Houston to visit NASA and to Fredericksburg. The participants were given daily experiences in American culture while in Austin.

Brazil Fulbright Environmental Law Seminar

Client: Fulbright Commission of Brazil

Start: August 1990  End: September 1990

Funding Agency: Fulbright Commission of Brazil

Funding Source: Fulbright Commission of Brazil

Project Description:
TIEC hosted a group of lawyers from Brazil for one component of the Brazil Environmental Law Fulbright Program. The lawyers spent time at The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at El Paso, Lamar University in Beaumont, and Texas A&M University-Galveston. In addition to lectures, panels and discussions at the universities, the group visited facilities and met with officials of many environmental organizations such as the Monitoring and Emergency Response Laboratory, Texas Air Control Board, Texas Water Commission, several environmental law firms, International Boundary and Water Commission, Asarco Smelter, the Colonias, Gulf Goast Hazardous Substance Research Center, Mobil Oil Corporation, Chemical Waste Management Plant, Exxon Chemicals, NASA, Turtle Hatchery of the National Marine Fisheries Services, Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority, and Texas Attorney General's Office.

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  Costa Rica

CAPS Training Program for Costa Rican Print and Broadcast Journalists

Client: Partner for International Education and Training (PIET)

Start: June 1989  End: August 1989

Funding Agency: PIET

Funding Source: U.S. Agency for International Development - Costa Rica

Project Description:
TIEC provided training, day internships and American culture to a group of Costa Rican print journalists and later to a group of Costa Rican broadcast journalists as part of PIET's overall training program. The participants attended training sessions at The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Houston. In addition, a follow-on seminar was arranged in 1990 for the participants in Costa Rica. The purpose of the seminar was to provide follow-up training and discussion after the journalists had had a year to use their newly acquired skills in their home country.

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Proyecta 100,000 

Client: Government of Mexico 

Start: November 2014 End: Ongoing  

Funding Agency: Government of Mexico 

Description: The Texas Intensive English Program in Austin and TIEP at Lamar have provided intensive English courses for Mexican university students and teachers as part of Proyecta 100,000 program, the Mexican counterpart to the U.S. 100,000 Strong program.

Summer English-as-a-Second-Language Institute at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) 

Client: The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) 

Start: July 2003 End: July 2004  

Funding Agency: The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) 

Funding Source: The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) Project 

Description: The Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) conducts, on behalf of UTPB, an intensive, four-week program of English for Academic Purposes on the UTPB campus, as part of an intensive language-exchange program between UTPB and the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (UACH) in Mexico. In the program between UTPB and UACH, a group of faculty and students from UTPB attend a four-week intensive Spanish program at UACH, while a group of faculty and students from UACH attend the program set up by TIEP on the UTPB campus.

Curriculum Reform Projects

Client: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), Monterrey

Start: 1993  End: July 2008

Funding Agency: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Funding Source: Government of Mexico

Project Description: TIEC has collaborated with UANL on five separate occasions to restructure the curricula of several academic programs. The reform process has involved teams of faculty from both UANL and TIEC affiliated universities, who have worked together to define the knowledge and skills required of graduates, and then to review the existing curricula and pedagogy. This effort included designing entirely new courses, specifying pedagogical methods and student-learning experiences, writing new course syllabi with suggested textbooks, and defining the faculty characteristics needed to teach the revised curriculum.

In 1993, assistance was provided to completely restructure the preparatoria curricula in math, science, and computer science.

In 1995, TIEC assisted with the redesign of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with specializations in accounting, finance, human resources, information systems, marketing, and production management, plus Masters degrees in Business Administration, Public Accounting, Information Systems Management, and Public Administration.

In 1996, assistance was provided to redesign undergraduate degree programs in physics, mathematics, computer science, civil engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering management, industrial chemistry, and chemical pharmaceutical biology.

Then in 1997, degree programs in biology, food science, and QPB (chemistry, microbiology and parasitology) were redesigned. During these four efforts, more than 60 TIEC faculty worked in teams with over 100 UANL faculty.

Most recently, in 2008, a TIEC team conducted a curricular review of the following four UANL programs: Electronic Engineering and Communications, Management Information Systems, Bachelor of Computer Science, and Bachelor of Information Technology. UANL plans to implement these new curricular designs as part of its ongoing effort to implement new instructional methodologies and offer a more contemporary curriculum for its students.

Accreditation & Staffing Assistance

Client: Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico

Start: 1992  End: 1997

Funding Agency: University and Private Funds

Project Description:
Assistance was provided in organizing the university staff for institutional self-study required for accreditation; collecting and presenting required data and securing candidacy status. Faculty were periodically provided with ESL training. Consultation was provided on specific summer programs designed to attract US students.

Business English for Mexican Managers

Client: Vanity Fair, Mexico

Start: August 1996  End: 1998

Funding Agency: Vanity Fair

Project Description:
The Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP), a wholly owned subsidiary of TIEC,  provided 6 hours of daily English language training over a two-month period for small groups of employees of Vanity Fair from several locations in Mexico. Instruction focused on preparing the employees to function effectively in English with international colleagues.

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Short-Term Business & Industrial Training Programs

Client: Consejo del Sector Privado para la Asistencia Educacional (COSPAE)

Start: 1990  End: 1992

Funding Agency: COSPAE

Funding Source: Government of Panama and U.S. Agency for International  Development

Project Description:
Short-term, customized training seminars were conducted in Panama and Texas for supervisory personnel in various areas including refrigeration, retail sales, industrial management, merchandising, quality control, industrial production and supervision. TIEC worked with community colleges as well as TIEC universities to provide training, internships and cultural activities for the participants in each of the programs.

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Ceibal en Inglés

Client: Plan Ceibal

Start: May 2016  End: November 2016

Funding Agency: Plan Ceibal

Project Description:
In May 2016, TIEP began teaching English conversation classes to Uruguayan public high school and middle school students through live interactive video conferencing, as part of its commitment to improve English fluency nationally. TIEP instructors teach 45-minute sessions each week to classes of students located throughout Uruguay with support by a local Uruguayan teacher in each classroom. This program is sponsored by Uruguay's Plan Ceibal, an initiative that endeavors to promote digital inclusion and to reduce the digital divide among citizens of Uruguay and in relation to other countries.

Fulbright Teacher Exchange

Client: Uruguay Fulbright Commission

Start: January 2015  End: February 2015

Funding Agency: Uruguay Fulbright Commission, Plan Ceibal, Uruguay Ministry of Education, U.S. Embassy

Project Description:
TIEC conducted a training program for 30 K-12 public school teachers from Uruguay (10 K-12 English teachers, 10 K-6 Plan Ceibal teachers, and 10 secondary school STEM teachers), in collaboration with the Uruguay Fulbright Commission, Plan Ceibal, the Uruguay Ministry of Education, and multiple Texas school districts and public universities. The program was conducted in both English and Spanish and included English teacher training and seminars on dual language STEM instruction. This was an expanded version of a February 2014 TIEC program involving 10 teachers from Uruguay.

Fulbright Teacher Exchange

Client: Uruguay Fulbright Commission

Start: February 2014  End: February 2014

Funding Agency: Uruguay Fulbright Commission and Plan Ceibal

Project Description:
TIEC arranged the placement of Uruguayan elementary and secondary teachers into Austin Independent School District schools to develop language teaching skills in bilingual (Spanish-English) classroom settings and, for teachers also involved with Uruguay's Plan Ceibal (an initiative that promotes digital inclusion and endeavors to reduce the digital divide among citizens of Uruguay and in relation to other countries) program, to gain knowledge of and experience teaching with technology. These teachers participated in observation of teaching Spanish and/or in Spanish in classroom settings, cross-cultural travel inside Texas, and home stays with host teacher counterparts during the two-week program.

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