Scholarship program for U.S. citizens who are native speakers of Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Hausa, Igbo, Mandarin, Pashto, Somali, Swahili or Urdu.
About the Program
The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) program is designed for naturalized U.S. citizens to build up the communication skills needed for government careers. It is the only program of its kind that combines Advanced English language training with Professional Communication skills and strategies. All accepted students will receive full scholarships covering tuition and a living stipend from the National Security Education Program.
Upon completion of the intensive 6-month program, students continue to receive language training including job search skills on a schedule which allows them to work during the week. Saturday workshops on campus are included.
Objectives and Benefits
The EHLS Scholarship Program seeks to enable naturalized citizens to develop their English skills for professional careers in the federal government.
Help students reach high-level proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking (level 3 on the government ILR scale)
Provide practice for key professional skills and strategies
Improve students’ skills with information technology
Develop students’ understanding of government workplace culture
Confidence in participating in an English-speaking professional environment
Improved English proficiency level measured by government rating system
Professional portfolio to present to potential employers
Certificate from Georgetown University
Is EHLS the program for you?
Do all the following requirements apply to you?
Native speaker with professional-level proficiency in Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Hausa, Igbo, Mandarin, Pashto, Somali, Swahili or Urdu
Advanced proficiency in English
Ability to commit to full-time daytime study for 6 months at Georgetown University
Willingness to work for the federal government for 1 year
Application deadline: Sepember 29, 2009
Open House on August 23 and September 13, 2009, 1-4PM
Mortara Center for International Studies
3600 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20057
For more information: http://ehls.georgetown.edu/
or call 202 687 4455