The English Language Office (ELO) supports English Teaching and American Studies programs in Russia and conducts a wide variety of activities related to training, methodology, specialists, and materials. We also support the participation of Russian scholars and teachers in professional U.S. Studies and English teaching programs abroad. The Public Affairs Section provides information about American history, society and culture, and supports U.S. studies programs at Russian universities and schools in order to promote a better understanding of the United States.

English Language Fellow exchange program, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, provides highly qualified teacher trainers and teachers of English as a foreign language to Russian institutions. During the 2018-2019 academic year, four English Language Fellows will be working in Russia:

Since 2009, Dr. Elizabeth Driver has been the Director of Maryland English Institute, the University of Maryland’s English language center for international students. She came to this position with extensive experience in university teaching and academic program administration. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Maryland as well as two MAs: one in English from Maryland and one in linguistics / TESOL from American University. She taught in the intensive English language programs at American and Georgetown universities and was an instructor and coordinator for the University of Maryland’s Academic Writing Program, which enrolls approximately 4000 students per year. She has taught many courses in English literature, world literature, English grammar and language history, academic writing and professional writing for UM’s English department. From 2003-2006, she taught English and American literature at the University of Szeged, Hungary. On returning to the US and prior to working with MEI, she joined UM’s Office of International Services, facilitating visits of international research scholars, professors, interns and exchange students to the campus.

Rachel Koch has taught first-year/academic writing at Northern Arizona University since 2010. In 2012, she created the Intensive Writing Lab: English 107, a developmental writing program. This is a work-study program designed to match “at risk” students with undergraduate peer instructor/mentors. Each year, the program sees approximately 200 students and 25 peer instructors.

She has a BA in English and an MA in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University (NAU).

Her professional areas of interest include the following: academic writing, first-year writing, collaborative learning, blended learning, peer education, writing center research, basic/developmental writing, ESL/international programs and curriculum, first-generation students, education leadership, teacher training, faculty professional development, scientific writing, mentoring/mentoring programs (especially of women), etc.

Johanna Campbell is an English language teacher, trainer and curriculum developer with extensive field experience across the US and overseas.

Her expertise includes teaching intensive academic English with top-tier American universities (7 years), language program instruction and administration in US-based colleges in the Middle East (2 years), training, tutoring, writing center coaching, and presenting at myriad professional engagements (14 years). She has spoken on such varied topics as cultural influence on English teaching and learning, civic resource use to generate language production, and student learning beyond the classroom. Her research interests include how culture shapes language, learner-centered oral fluency skills, and sociolinguistics.

She has traveled, lived and taught in the central and southern United States, across Western Europe, and in the Gulf region. She holds an MA in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Houston. Currently, she is serving as an English Language Fellow in Moscow, Russia.

Thomas Bernard Leonard II has been in the EFL field for 18 years. Starting his career in Taiwan, two weeks after graduating from Webster University in St. Louis, USA, with a BA in psychology, he quickly realized a need for further training. He enrolled in a MA TESL program at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and graduated in 2003. Since then, he has taught in a wide variety of institutions, capacities, and countries: at universities, language schools, and military organizations; as a teacher, a curriculum developer, and a content creator; in America, Asia, and the Middle East. Outside the classroom, he is a devoted technologist with interests in Artificial Intelligence, blockchain technology, and cybernetics. Currently working on a book exploring the role of language in post-singularity civilization, he loves his wife and his dog, who live in San Rafael, California.

ELF Host Institution Guidelines

English Language Specialist Program, a program within the U.S. Department of State English Language Programs Office, provides training for schools, universities and other academic institutions conducted by American academics in the fields of English as a Foreign Language and Applied Linguistics to schools and universities on a short term basis. Workshops, seminars and conference keynotes on topics such as curriculum development, teacher training and education, textbook development, English for Specific Purposes, and program evaluation can all be facilitated by these American experts.

English Access Program provides a foundation of English language skills to motivated economically disadvantaged teenagers through two years of after school instruction and intensive summer sessions.

Advance through Vocational English Program is a nine-month post-initiated program for underemployed 18-30 year olds motivated to learn vocational English and interested in developing their computer, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills.  To visit Russia Advance FB page, go to