Punjab’s English teachers, US Consulate start new organization to improve students’ future

Lahore: US Consul General in Lahore William K. Makaneole participated in a launch ceremony for the new Central Punjab Chapter of Pakistan Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PAKTESOL), the sixth of eight planned chapters across the country.

Mr. Makaneole highlighted the importance of English language learning to pursue higher education and support the economic development of Pakistan. The PAKTESOL chapter was established in partnership with the Allama Iqbal Open University and the US government.

“PAKTESOL provides English language professionals with a great opportunity to share their knowledge, experience, and best practices. The United States stands with Pakistan as we move together toward a more prosperous and peaceful future,” said Consul General Makaneole.

Makaneole thanked the University’s for dedication, hard work, and commitment to successful English learning programs. He added that promoting English language learning and supporting English teachers are at the forefront of the U.S. partnership with Pakistan. English is the language of international communication and helps facilitate stronger relationships with countries around the globe, observed the Consul General.

Allama Iqbal Open University is a partner for the US Mission’s English Access Micro-scholarship program in Gujranwala, and both Access and English Works! programs in Muzaffarabad. The University of Education Lahore is the implementing partner for Access programs in Multan and DG Khan, as well as the English Works! programs in Faisalabad and Lincoln Corner Vehari. In his remarks, Consul General Makaneole recognized these important partners for providing networks for English language teachers and students across Pakistan.

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By Arsalan Haider

Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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