The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program


The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program is an eight-week, graduate-level program that offers foreign English-teaching professionals the opportunity to take advantage of innovative, online university-level classes and professional development programming for teachers.

The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program also connects participants with U.S. English-language teaching experts and creates a professional network of international colleagues.



Eligible candidates should be highly motivated teachers, teacher trainers, or ministry officials who are dedicated to their own professional development and willing to share their knowledge with colleagues.


Qualified candidates must:

  • Be citizens of and reside in Yemen at the time of the course;
  • Not hold dual citizenship in the United States;
  • Have the ability to complete academic work at a U.S. university level (CEFR approximately B2);
  • Have at least 8-10 hours per week to devote to coursework;
  • Have regular access (4-5 times per week) to a reliable, internet-enabled device;
  • Have an understanding of English technical terms;
  • Have basic technology skills related to creating usernames and passwords, using credentials to log in to secured websites, using email, searching the internet, and accessing and managing electronic files (e.g., pdf, MS Word, Excel), including downloading and uploading files;
  • Be able to type in English well enough to participate in online discussions and submit written assignments on time.



Candidates must submit the online application form below, no later than October 30, 2023 11:59 P.M. Yemen time:



  1. Teaching for the Future: English Teaching to Take on Climate Change *NEW COURSE! *

This course is delivered by Kansas State University

Course Overview 

The purpose of this online course is for participants to learn about, discuss, and create English Language Teaching (ELT) materials they can use in the classroom to help prepare their students for the future. Participants will examine documents about climate change and the environment and evaluate their usefulness in their own teaching contexts. Participants will then prepare to share what they have learned in the course with colleagues through conference presentations, workshops within their schools, or discussions with others within their contexts.


  1. Developing and Teaching Academic Writing (DATAW)

This course is delivered by Iowa State University.

Course Overview

As a participant in this course, you will learn what academic writing is and how to develop courses that suit the writing needs of your students. You will also develop an understanding of different approaches and key components of academic writing courses while learning the important strategies for teaching academic writing skills in a student-centered classroom. Specifically, you will learn to teach students how to go through the writing process, how to search for and evaluate sources, how to develop arguments, how to follow the characteristics of different text types, and how to consider the context/audience/culture, and even how to prepare an application essay for possible study abroad in the United States.


  1. Creating and Implementing Online Courses (CIOC) 

This course is delivered by Arizona State University

Course Overview  

This course will give participants powerful tools to create and deliver hybrid and fully online courses for online learners. Using the ADDIE model for curricular design, participants will first analyze (A) students, stakeholders, and objectives by writing a learner story. They will then design (D) and develop (D) the course by creating a course geography and course outline. Finally, participants will develop an action plan to demonstrate how they intend to implement (I) and evaluate (E) the English language courses they develop. The main outcome of the course is to have participants apply tools and strategies for creating and delivering online courses in their contexts.


  1. Fostering Student Motivation and Engagement (FSME)

This course is delivered by the University of Oregon.

Course Overview

Fostering Student Motivation and Engagement (FSME) is an online course for teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) who want to improve their teaching practices and increase their students’ level of motivation and engagement in learning English. Over the span of eight weeks, participants will develop skills to increase student motivation and engagement, acquire knowledge about differentiated instruction, develop skills to address students’ learning needs and engage in reflection activities as a matter of professional practice. Throughout the course, participants will identify an area of need in their teaching contexts and will choose tools, strategies, techniques, and resources to try with a group of learners to help meet that need. At the end of the course, this will become a collection of resources, or a “toolkit,” that they can use in their contexts and share with others.


  1. Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting (ICT)

This course is delivered by World Learning- SIT Graduate Institute.

Course overview

Exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students engage in authentic situations to develop the ability to navigate across a variety of cultures. This intercultural ability requires language choices and awareness of oneself as a cultural being. It also requires critical thinking skills, which are themselves culturally defined. Using experiential learning as the organizational model, this course will engage participants in analyzing personal experiences, media, EFL textbooks, and classrooms to develop the capacity to think critically about the cultural assumptions and viewpoints embedded in their teaching content and process. After examining themselves as cultural beings and assessing learners’ needs and goals, participants will develop a concrete teaching lesson that reflects their view of teaching critical thinking and intercultural competence in their particular context.


  1. TESOL Methodology (TM)

This course is delivered by the University of Maryland – Baltimore County.

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide participants with current methodologies for teaching English learners (ELs) of different ages in many learning contexts. Participants will discuss and practice a wide variety of strategies and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). While exploring best practices for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including grammar and vocabulary, participants will learn how to create an effective and communicative English-language classroom for all learners. In addition, participants will examine best practices in teaching English in the 21st century as an international language and learn how to incorporate modern technologies into their teaching.


  1. Professional Development for Teacher Trainers (PDTT)

This course is delivered by Arizona State University.

Course Description

This course, designed for both new and experienced teachers, gives participants methods for creating, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher-training workshops. You will gain tools and techniques for promoting professional development in your teaching context. Through participation in this course, you will develop your skills for delivering engaging and relevant teacher pieces of training.


  1. Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)

This course is delivered by George Mason University.

Course Description

Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) to young learners 3-10 years old. Through engaging videos and practical readings, you will explore approaches for teaching English to children that are not only effective but also fun and engaging. You will learn techniques for teaching new vocabulary and grammar that encourage student participation. In addition, you will gain new ideas for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a meaningful context. Through learner-centered activities and group discussions, you will have many opportunities to share ideas with peers and apply course content to your learning environment. Get ready to learn about TEYL and be part of an international learning community with teachers from around the world!


  1. Teaching Grammar Communicatively (TGC)

This course is delivered by World Learning- SIT Graduate Institute.

Course Description

In this practice-oriented course, participants will explore how to adapt grammar instruction to meet their students’ needs. They will also focus on integrating grammar instruction with teaching language skills, varying grammar instruction to meet the needs of large, mixed-ability classes, and using available technology effectively to enhance grammar learning inside and outside the classroom. Participants will discuss different challenges their learners may have with learning grammar, and discover how they can help learners use grammar to improve fluency and accuracy.


  1. Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom (ET)

This course is delivered by Iowa State University.

Course Description

This course is designed to help English-language teaching professionals around the world acquire and maintain basic knowledge and skills in technology for professional purposes through hands-on learning. The course will help English-language teachers integrate pedagogical knowledge and skills with technology to enhance their English-language teaching skills by learning through reading, discussing, and creating new learning activities. The course will help participants apply technology in record keeping, feedback, and assessment, and use technology to improve communication, collaboration, and efficiency by participating in online discussions and presentations.


  • Oct. 30, 2023 11:59 p.m. Yemen Time: Deadline for submitting applications.
  • Dec. 4, 2023: Orientation course begins.
  • Jan. 9, 2024: Winter term begins.
  • Mar. 4, 2024: Course ends.
  • Mar 22, 2024: Certificates Available