Based at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, the Regional English Language Office (RELO) supports the professional development of English language teachers and the needs of English language learners. It also partners with English language teaching institutions from public and private sectors in order both to improve the quality of English language teaching and to promote mutual understanding between host countries and the United States of America. There are seventeen counties in the RELO’s region, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Togo.
The RELO is an important resource for English teachers and can provide materials for English language teaching, teacher professional development and training of trainers, facilitating workshops and online courses to enhance and improve English language teaching. The RELO also brings visiting academic experts and consultants from the United States who can provide assistance with the development of curricula, textbooks, tests, and English as a Foreign Language methodology and practices. The RELO oversees English Language Specialists, English Language Fellows, the English Access Microscholarship Program and other U.S. government English Language Programs. Visit the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs site for more information about these programs.
Teachers and students who wish to learn more about teaching and learning can find resources on the American English website.