Florida Keys Community College Professor Melissa Nicholas was selected by the U.S. Department of State for a 10-month program teaching English in South Africa.  Nicholas, who has taught Developmental Reading and Developmental Writing at FKCC since 2007, departs the Keys on January 25 for the program’s hosting institution, the University of Zululand.

Nicholas is one of only 165 educators selected for the 2015-2016 English Language Fellow Program. According to a news release from the U.S. Department of State, Fellows “demonstrate significant experience teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and a commitment to the field of English language teaching and learning.”

“I am honored to represent FKCC at the international level while promoting education and learning,” explained Nicholas whose experience with international students at FKCC spans countries of origin such as Cuba, Haiti, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Russia, Poland, and South Africa.

“Teaching multilingual and multicultural students at FKCC and working with a talented group of faculty have provided me with the experience I need to help English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers.  I look forward to bringing back new skills and sharing my adventures with the Florida Keys community.”

Nicholas holds a masters’ degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of South Florida, a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida International University, as well as an Associate in Arts from FKCC.

About the English Language Fellow Program:

The English Language Fellow Program is the premiere opportunity for highly qualified TESOL professionals to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught abroad. Through projects developed by U.S. Embassies in more than 80 developing countries, Fellows work directly with local teachers, students, and educational professionals to enhance the quality of English language instruction offered at universities and other academic institutions.

Since 1969, the English Language Fellow Program has sent thousands of scholars, teachers, and TESOL professionals on projects to help students acquire English language skills, lead teacher training, develop curriculum and resources, and conduct program evaluations. These projects are challenging and the teachers selected represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. In return, the program provides professional development opportunities to help participants build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers back home.

English Language Fellows are counted among the more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fellow program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University. essay writing websites