American Embassy is another close partner of NELTA that has been cooperating with us in various ELT activities. It sponsored a key note speaker in NELTA International Conference in 1997. Some NELTA members have also received support from the American Embassy to visit to the US to attend the TESOL conferences. Besides, American Embassy has been supporting NELTA by providing it with copies of English Teaching Forum on a regular basis. The Forum has been provided worldwide as an extremely useful materials for ELT professionals. The articles in the Forum present a wide array of experience drawn from the actual classroom teachers from different parts of the globe. This disseminates updated and fresh knowledge and information among our teachers.
Access Microscholarship Project: The ‘English Access Microscholarship Program (Access Program)’ is a program in Nepal implemented by NELTA and sponsored by U.S. Embassy/the U.S. State Department. It provides a foundation of English language skills and leadership skills to bright 13 to 16 year-olds from economically disadvantaged backgrounds through years of after-school instruction and intensive sessions. Access students also gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and democratic values through enhancement activities. A greater sensitivity to cultural differences, coupled with the acquired English language skills, will enable the participants to take advantage of opportunities that were previously unavailable to them. The 400-hour, two-year program consists of 36 weeks per year, in addition to a 40 hour Youth Leadership Development Camp. The students are also introduced to U.S. education system, particularly the materials that U.S. children learn in their schools. Since the program includes the students from disadvantaged ethnic minorities, they are given ample opportunities to interact in English on the issues of ethnic tolerance, individual freedom, human rights, gender equity and participate in events organized to promote and develop sensitivity on such issues.