John R. Stowe Cultural Immersion Grant Application

Grant: John R. Stowe Cultural Immersion Grant

Who’s Eligible: Any current Georgia TESOL member in good standing

Purpose: This grant is intended to provide assistance for an immersion experience abroad for an educator who wishes to serve his or her students better by learning more about their culture and language through experiencing the culture firsthand. It is named in honor of our late colleague and Georgia TESOL member John Stowe who was constantly learning languages, traveling, and spending time with students in order to better understand their culture. John also firmly believed that a strong sense of place is a vital part of being truly immersed and connected to a community. Here are just a few examples of the many ways in which this grant could be used:
~An educator whose student population is predominantly Chinese and who has never visited China or learned the language could use the grant to visit the country, live with a host family, and enroll in a language program.
~An educator who teaches a largely Mexican population and who already speaks Spanish but has never visited Mexico could use the grant to tour the country and participate in a cultural exchange program.
~An educator who would like to take a graduate level class to become better prepared to teach his/her ELL population could use the grant to defray costs of participation in one of the many available study abroad courses that focus on language/culture/linguistics and have a cultural immersion component (UGA and Valdosta State offer such programs; there are many others available as well).


Amount: Up to $2000

Criteria: Applications will be examined for evidence of (a) how the cultural immersion will further the applicant’s professional development, (b) how the experience gained will benefit the applicant’s ELL community, (c) implementation plan, (d) itemized budget (e) how the applicant will share what was learned with colleagues in Georgia TESOL.

To Apply:
1) Complete the John R. Stowe Cultural Immersion Grant application, which consists of the 5 questions below. Be sure to submit by clicking on "Done" upon completion of the survey.
2) Request one letter of recommendation. The recommendation letter must be submitted directly to the Grants and Awards Chairperson by the application due date. Please ask the person writing your letter to send the letter as a Word document.

Due Date: Applications must be completed on or before December 30th and applicants will be notified of their status no later than February 1st of the next year.

Review Committee: Three or more Members-at-Large of the Georgia TESOL Executive Board will conduct a blind review of all complete applications.



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* 1. How will the cultural immersion further your professional development?

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* 2. Describe your student population and how will the experience gained through this experience will benefit your ELL community.

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* 3. Implementation plan: How will you go about using this grant? Please provide thorough, well- researched details regarding your planned immersion experience.

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* 4. Itemized Budget: Please provide cost estimates related to your implementation plan above.

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* 5. How will you share your experience with colleagues in Georgia TESOL?

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