Mr. Beman Diarassouba, Mr. Mathieu Gnezie Boga and Mr. Alex Boya Cresson Kouigon to Attend Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholar and English Access

Cultural Affairs Officer with Mr. Beman Diarassouba, Mr. Mathieu Gnezie Boga and Mr. Alex Boya Cresson Kouigon who will Attend Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholar and English Access Microscholarship Program

The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce that Mr. Beman Diarassouba, Mr.  Mathieu Gnezie Boga, and Mr. Alex Boya Cresson Kouigon have been invited to attend respectively the U.S. Department of State’s Study of the United States Institute for Secondary School Educators, and the English Access Microscholarship Program. The Institute, which offers six week intensive programs, is designed to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas.  The Access Workshop offers a three-week U.S. workshop at the University of Arkansas, and will focus on teaching U.S. culture (enhancement activities) and incorporating student-centered methodology both in the Access class and in their “regular” classes.

Mr. Diarassouba will attend the Institute for Secondary School Educators for English teachers at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT from May 28 to July 1, 2014. The Institute will feature a curriculum design by the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship that fosters the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society.  It will include a study tour to South Carolina, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Diarassouba has been an English teacher at Lycée Municipal pierre Gadie 1 in Yopougon since 2002. He previously taught English at Vocational Training College PIGIER, Abidjan, and Lycee Moderne Belleville in Bouake.  Mr. Diarassouba has earned degrees from the University of Cocody and the Ecole Normale Superieure.

Both Mr. Boga and Mr. Kouigon will attend the 2014 Spring Access Teachers’ Workshop at the International Language Center of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas from May 31 to June 21, 2014.  The workshop will bring current Access teachers from selected countries worldwide to the United States selected to participate in a combined academic and cultural intensive training program to enhance their Access curricula.

Mr. Boga Boga is full-time English teacher with Access provider Connect-USA (CUSA).  He has three years of teaching experience, including one full year working with the Access students and two years with another English teaching institute ‘Morning Glory”.  He has a Master’s Degree in English Linguistics, but no formal teacher training.

Mr. Kouigon has more than 10 years of teaching experience, including three years of experience at our Access provider, CUSA.  He teaches the second-year Access students and works as an English translator and interpreter.