Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane team travelled to Xieng Khouang Province this week where they gave presentations on education and English language workshops with students and faculty from schools and colleges around Phonesavanh.
Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ken Kosakowski met with officials from Phonesavanh High School, the Vocation School of Xieng Khouang, and the Xieng Khouang Teacher Training School to discuss each institutions education and English language needs. The U.S. Embassy team also donated sports equipment and school supplies on behalf of the United States to each school. Following the meetings, Mr. Kosakowski gave presentations to hundreds of students from each school about setting educational goals, and the many types of scholarships offered to Lao students who want to study in the United States. In his presentation Mr. Kosakowski told students that “If you are serious about studying in the United States, it will take a lot of work, but we are willing to help you achieve your educational goals.”
The Embassy team included Mr. Khammanh Phetkhounphone, director of the educational advising section at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, and four Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistants (ETAs). The ETAs spent the week holding workshops with students and faculty at Phonesavanh High School, and Xieng Khouang Teacher Training College on English language learning and instruction.
The Public Affairs section at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane offers free English language instruction and education advising to Lao students of all ages at the Information Resource Center (IRC) in Vientiane. To schedule an appointment or find out more about English classes email IRC_vientiane@state.gov.