In 2010, four master teacher trainers from Arizona State University traveled to Baghdad, Iraq, to collaborate with and train 169 teachers and teacher trainers from all 19 governorates in the country. Since that training, ASU has continued to work with the U.S. Department of State (USDoS) to provide teacher training throughout Iraq via online platforms. During the program, 150 teachers have earned their online TESOL certificates in pedagogy through Global Launch’s Teach English Now! Online course. In addition, through over 20 webinars, ASU has provided interactive lectures with participants within geographically dispersed areas of Iraq.
In further efforts to expand the digital courses outside of Latin America, Global Launch ran an English language program for Syrian refugees. Senior educator Shane Dixon trained facilitators to lead discussion groups and English activities, then traveled to Jordan to both Al Azraq and Za’atari refugee camps to meet learners and understand the impact of the courses. Upon return there was one clear takeaway: Syrian refugees wanted English.