The University of Texas at Austin is one of 14 U.S. universities hosting PDPI, a 6-week professional development program for teachers of English from Brazil. PDPI (Programa de Desenvolvimento Profissional para Professores de Lingua Inglesa nos EUA) makes up part of the Brazilian government’s strategic plan to improve English language teaching and teacher training in all states of Brazil. It is funded by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and administered by IIE and the Brazilian Fulbright Commission.
The program impacts both the grantees and institutions that host them. A participant from PDPI at UT Austin wrote, “this experience is exceptional. You live [for] 45 days in a typical dorm, meet different people, act like a student, and have responsibilities with your program. You study hard to improve [your] English and so gracefully learn with native teachers. I will be a better teacher with new ideas and motivate my students to learn a foreign language.”
Read more on IIE’s website.