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WIU Alumna Chosen for Prestigious Teaching Fellowship

January 11, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University alumna Jessica Ruppert, of Bushnell, IL, has been selected as a United States Department of State English Language Teaching Fellow.

Ruppert received her bachelor's degree in chemistry in 2004 and her master's degree in educational and interdisciplinary studies in 2014. Through the fellowship program, Ruppert is spending 10 months teaching English at La Universidad Tecnológica de Gutiérrez Zamora in Mexico.

Prior to the fellowship placement, Ruppert has worked in the field of English as a second language education for six years, teaching at universities in the United States and Ecuador. She is currently conducting teacher training and program needs assessments and is participating in and presenting at regional conferences.

Ruppert received her master's degree in 2014, with an emphasis/specialization in cross-cultural education, bilingual education and a Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate. She also received an Advanced Practitioner Certification in academic and research-based writing from TESOL International.

Only 140 U.S. citizens have been chosen to take part in the 2017-2018 English Language Fellow Program. The program is the premier opportunity for experienced TESOL practitioners to influence the way English is taught abroad. Through projects developed by U.S. Embassies in more than 80 countries, fellows work directly with local teachers, students and educational professionals to improve the quality of English language instruction offered at prestigious universities and other academic institutions.

The fellow program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.

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