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TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

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Study Abroad.  Return Home Inspired!

Teachers, educators, lifelong learners:  Study in the UK and have an unforgettable educational experience!

Our English in Action-TLab programs will transport you to the famed campuses of England and Scotland where you will attend real classes with top professors at the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, Shakespeare's Globe Theater and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Applicants Eligible for Scholarships

Scholarships are offered only to educators in the Central Florida, tri-county area, which includes: Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.

Applicants must have completed at least four years of full-time teaching in one of the areas in which the scholarships are offered.

Applicants must intend to remain in the classroom for at least three years here in Central Florida following their summer study as the purpose of granting teachers this experience is for them to take the knowledge gained back into the classroom and actively share it with students.

The scholarship programs are intensive and demanding. Travel to a foreign country requires stamina and diplomacy coupled with a willingness to learn about the customs of other cultures.

A valid US passport is required for travel, and a visa may be required.

The scholar's role, in addition to being a student, is to be an ambassador for both the English-Speaking Union and the teaching profession.

Each successful applicant will sign a contract with the ESU Central Florida Branch wherein s/he agrees to repay the entire scholarship amount if for any reason s/he fails to fulfill the entire course of study.

All successful applicants are required to attend an award reception Sunday, February 3, 2019.

All successful applicants are required to attend a mandatory ESU Central Florida Branch meeting, date TBD, to offer an 8-10 minute presentation highlighting her or his summer experience.

Each successful applicant is expected to become an active member in the ESU Central Florida Branch. Membership for 2018-19 will be paid by the Central Florida Branch as part of the scholarship.

Shakespeare's Globe Scholarship recipients are expected to be actively involved as hosts at the ESU Central Florida Branch Shakespeare Competition scheduled for Monday, February 25, 2019.

Programs Eligible for Scholarships

The ESU Central Florida Branch will award scholarships to secondary school teachers of English, humanities and/or social studies to engage in one of our two to three week courses with the following TLab programs:

Shakespeare's Globe—London (July 2019)
Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance

University of Oxford (July & August 2019)
English Literature
History, Politics and Society 
Creative Writing 
International Politics 

University of Edinburgh (July & August 2019)
Text and Context: Modernism, Scottish Literature, and Contemporary Literature
Creative Writing
Theatre and Performance

Scholarships of $7,000 will cover airfare, tuition, residence, board, and some incidental expenses.

How To apply

1.  Review scholarship qualifications:
     a.   Must work as an educator in Orange, Osceola, or Seminole county.

     b.   Applicants must have completed at least four years of full-time teaching in one of the areas in which the scholarships are offered

     c.   Applicants must intend to remain in the classroom for three years in the Central Florida area following their scholarship experience

2.   Complete the 2019 TLab Scholarship Application by midnight, January 4, 2019.

3.  Candidates may be invited to interview on January 26, 2019.

4.  Successful applicants must attend a scholarship award ceremony on Febraury 3, 2019 and an ESU meeting the following year to report on their experience.

5.  Scholars attending "Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance" at Shakespeare's Globe in summer 2019 must participate in the ESU Central Florida Branch National Shakespeare Competition on February 25, 2019.

6.  Scholars must subsequently present on their summer 2019 experiences at an ESU Central Florida Branch meeting, date TBD.

Short Courses

One-week TLab programs developed exclusively for the ESU are open to educators, current or retired, ESU members, and life-long learners.  These programs do not qualify for scholarships and registration is available online.
Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust—
Stratford-upon-Avon (July 2019)
From Page to Stage: Text to Theater

University of Oxford (July 2019)
The Story and Future of English

The English-Speaking Union

Central Florida Branch

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