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The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program – 2024
January 9, 2024


The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program


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 both 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.
  • Understand 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 available at: https://forms.gle/oq5iV5vLGfA9kiVz8


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  • Jan 31, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Yemen Time: Deadline for Submitting Applications.
  • Mar 4, 2024: Orientation Course Begins.
  • Apr 9, 2024: Term Begins.
  • Jun 3, 2024: Course Ends.
  • Jun 21, 2024: Certificates Available After.