English Language Fellows (ELFs) Exchange Programme

As one of many initiatives under the Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN, the English Language Fellows (ELFs) Exchange Programme deploys Fellows from Brunei and the US to one of six ASEAN countries on a 10-month placement. Fellows have a unique opportunity for a culturally enriching experience while helping to strengthen cohesion by helping to enhance English language institutional capacity in the region. Currently the ASEAN countries of assignment include Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The Fellows are supported through the Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN, with funding from the Government of Brunei. Through their service in this Programme, Fellows will contribute to intercultural understanding in ways that reach far beyond improving the English teaching capacity of institutions where they are placed. In addition to their official teaching responsibilities and teacher development activities, Fellows create opportunities for English language conversation and cross-cultural dialogue. Past Fellows have sponsored activities that reflect their personal interests and perspectives and foster positive change in their host communities.

The first batch of five Fellows were deployed to their respective countries of assignment in January 2013. While this first batch of Fellows is due to complete their assignments in October 2013, four of the six Fellows from the second batch of the programme were deployed in early October 2013 to begin their placement. The remaining two Fellows will be deployed in mid-October and later in January 2014.

Fellow Responsibilities

Fellows typically serve as full-time teachers of English as a foreign or second language to diverse groups, ranging from college students to professionals. They teach up to 20 classroom contact hours of English per week. Fellows may also be engaged in additional activities, such as teacher training; English for Special Purposes (ESP) instruction in the fields of law, management, economics, medicine, and tourism; curriculum/materials development; test design; assessment; evaluation; research; English club or “cultural corner” programming; summer camps; and other outreach projects.

Required Qualifications

  • Brunei citizenship
  • Master’s in TEFL/TESL, Applied Linguistics, or other fields directly relevant to the accepted projects
  • Fellows must have minimum three years experience in teaching English to non-native speakers
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from professional or academic contacts, including one letter from a current or most recent supervisor, submitted by references directly through the on-line application.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fellow preference: teacher training and curriculum/materials development experience
  • Applicant has worked professionally in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).


In addition to professional qualifications, successful Fellows have other qualities that prove beneficial for a successful fellowship; these include patience, flexibility, determination, and adaptability. They often have to deal with situations and conditions possibly quite different from those in the Brunei Darussalam, and will need to take this into account in their decision to apply to the ELFs Programme.

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