Niles West’s Malatesta Selected by U.S. Department of State
for Prestigious English Language Specialist Assignment
The U.S. Department of State has selected Niles West High School World Languages teacher David Malatesta for a one-month English Language Specialist project. He will train teachers in English language teaching methodology at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan as well as the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Malatesta, who teaches Spanish at Niles West, is part of a select group, as one of approximately 80 U.S. citizens selected each year to serve on an English Language Specialist assignment.
The English Language Specialist Program is the premier opportunity for leaders in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) 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 countries, EL Specialists work directly with local teacher trainers, educational leaders, and ministry of education officials to exchange knowledge, build capacity, and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions and communities in the United States and overseas.