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Melissa Van De Wege
English Language Fellow , U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow Program
Ankara, Turkey
U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow in Ankara, Turkey. More than eight years of experience in U.S. and internationally in English language project and program development and implementation, budget administration for project management, and background in writing instruction in higher education. Visionary and discerning; excellent problem-solving and organization skills; adaptable.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Created, managed, and implemented “Ankara’s Leadership Development Program for English Language Teaching Professionals: For the present. For the future. For life.”Brought together leadership expert trainers from TESOL Turkey and English Language Teachers’ Association of Turkey. Recruited participants in leadership positions throughout Ankara; Developed and managed program marketing and outreach.

Created, managed, and implemented “ETZ Academy Technology Training Program for English Language Teaching Professionals” in collaboration with ETZ Training and Consultancy group, Istanbul and Regional English Language Office of U.S. Embassy in Ankara for ELT instructor and administrator participants.

Designed and administered needs analysis of professional development opportunities administered to in-service English language teaching professionals throughout Turkey

Directed team of five returning Fellows posted in Turkey and Ukraine to plan and execute week-long Fellowship summit held in Istanbul for 14 Fellows posted in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Led group of in-service ELT instructors and administrators to develop and implement teacher training program titled “Cascading Knowledge: Current Trends and English Language Teacher Training.”

Envisioned and launched English language teaching student conference, “Embarking on an English Language Teaching Career: For the students. By the students.” for Hacettepe University Department of English Language Teaching. Built conference organizing committee and oversaw planning activities, including marketing, outreach, website, logistics; Reviewed concurrent session proposals.

Planned and organized teacher-training event for Access teachers from Turkey with U.S. Embassy Regional English Language Office of U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

Wrote, designed, and delivered 20 training workshops, public speeches, and seminars.

Conducted SWOT analysis for Qatar University Foundation Program Department of English Steering Committee.

Peer-evaluated faculty portfolios for annual faculty performance review committee.

M.Ed. (In progress); M.A. TESOL; Graduate Certificate in Teaching of Writing; B.A. Spanish; TESOL Certificate
Affiliations and Achievements:
Active volunteer peer reviewer for Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). Completed four site reviews as volunteer peer reviewer. Processes involved extensive preparation time and detailed planning before site visits; site visits which involved interviews, on-site observations, and document review and analysis; and completion of reports in collaboration with other members of review team, following site visits. Peer reviewers are obligated to follow strict codes of conduct, confidentiality, and conflict of interest protocols.

TESOL International Association Standards Professional Council, Member.

Available for:
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish
    United States
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