Brazilian English Teachers Program

This program is sponsored by the Brazilian government. Only participants selected by the sponsor are eligible for the program.

This six-week program will help teachers improve their English language proficiency, most especially in the area of oral communication. The program will also provide teachers in-service English language study and practice in TEFL methodology, with exposure to U.S. culture and society. 

We hope the information on this site will answer all of your questions.  If you need more information, please email your question to

Program funding comes from the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia. Institute for International Education (IIE) administers the program. 

Travel Information

Flying into Kansas City International Airport, Missouri (MCI)

  • The Kansas City airport is a one-hour drive from Lawrence, Kansas where the University of Kansas is located.
  • Staff from the AEC will meet you at the airport and assist you in catching the bus to Lawrence.
  • Once you have gotten off the plane, AEC staff members will be waiting for you at the gate with a sign that reads: WELCOME UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS BET PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
  • The staff members will help you find your luggage and catch the bus to Lawrence.
  • The staff will have a welcome packet full of information for you and will be happy to answer any questions you have while you wait.
  • If you have a delay at any point on your journey, please contact Geri Lamer at (785) 550-8593.
  • The staff will ride the bus back to Lawrence with you and help you get settled into the scholarship hall where you will be living during your program.

We hope your journey is a safe one and we look forward to meeting you.

Housing and Meals


Students will stay in the Margaret Amini Scholarship Hall on the University of Kansas Campus.

Your room features:

  • Bunked beds
  • Twin extra-long mattress
  • Dresser
  • Walk-in closet
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Trash cans
  • Venetian blinds
  • Bathroom

Other features contributing to academics:

  • Internet access
  • Academic Resource Center with computers, printers and study aids

Your Hall:

  • Located near the Kansas Union and Downtown Lawrence
  • Four-person suites with adjoining baths
  • KU Card-operated laundry areas

Have fun here:

  • Porch for studying and hanging out with friends
  • Shared patio with K.K. Amini Scholarship Hall


  • 19-meal-a-week meal plan at the GSP residential dining hall (within walking distance of the scholarship hall)
  • Despite the kitchen facilities in the scholarship hall, using the kitchen is not permitted during the summer.
  • Participants will eat at the newly renovated GSP dining hall, called the North College Café:
    1. Eight cuisine stations, salads and made-to-order foods from other cultures
    2. Focuses on using healthy, fresh ingredients
    3. Open all night as a study center; participants can even pick up a late night snack

Pre-arrival vaccination information is located in Frequently Asked Questions (see below).

In case of sickness, you should first go to the Watkins Student Health Center on campus.

  • They will decide whether to treat you at the Health Center or to send you to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Do not go to the hospital without a referral from the Student Health Center. It will be expensive, and the insurance company may not reimburse you.


  • As a student at the Applied English Center, you will be eligible for the full services offered by the Watkins Student Health Center at KU. You must have your KUID with you to receive medical treatment.
  • Because most of our special program students are not enrolled as full-time students, there will be a fee the first time you visit the doctor. This fee covers many services: medical evaluations and examinations, most treatments for illnesses and injuries, most lab tests for outpatients, dietary advice, and the first visit for physical therapy and mental health services.
  • There is a charge for many services, including medications, x-rays and minor surgery. You or your health insurance company must pay these charges.
  • Prescriptions filled at the Student Health Center are not free, but they are less expensive than other pharmacies.
  • Dental care is not available at Watkins.

Regular office hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

During student breaks, hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Appointment Line: 785-864-9507
Pharmacy: 785-864-9512
Automated Line: 785-864-9500
Emergency: 911


Improving Spoken English for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

  • Focus on improving speaking skills in a variety of situations
  • Summarizing and reacting to information from oral texts
  • Speaking with fluency and accuracy in pronunciation and structure
  • Participating in and following conversation while recognizing and appropriately using contextual and cultural cues

'Best Practices' Teaching Methodologies that Encourage Classroom Participation

  • Introduce participants to teaching methodologies that encourage participation in an English language classroom
  • Participants will read about, reflect on, observe and put into practice these different methodologies.
  • Course content, discussion and projects will focus on using these teaching methodologies in participants' EFL classroom

Activities include:

  • Seminar-style discussions of course content, with some sessions led by participants
  • Critically reacting to taped sessions of AEC classes, focusing on examples of active classroom participation
  • Demonstrating the ability to apply what has been learned by sharing and reviewing in class
  • Participation in a round-table session with faculty to exchange ideas on how to best encourage active classroom participation in English
  • Opportunities to meet with AEC course coordinators and instructors, and to observe AEC classes

'Best Practices' in Assessment and Evaluation of English Language Students

  • Examines the guiding principles of good assessment
  • Examines the assessment of language learning within the teaching and learning process
  • Participants will share information about their particular instructional setting with the instructor and with each other, with a goal of bringing out critical questions for discussion and analysis.

Using Online and Other Resources to Enhance Classroom Instruction and Student Projects

  • Introduces teachers to a variety of online educational tools that are free access and are strong platforms to enhance lesson planning and student projects for their particular instructional settings, such as:
    1. Moodle
    2. Slidesnack
    3. Weebly
    4. PB Works
  • Learn how to use technology purposefully in EFL classes
  • Participants will get hands-on experience developing lesson plans and student projects using these web resources.
  • The importance of instructors modeling good 'netiquette' in academic settings will also be discussed.

Developing EFL Lessons Based on U.S. History and Culture

  • Participants will go on several trips to explore aspects of U.S. culture and history, particularly Midwestern culture.
  • "In-the-field" academic culture trips will include the following:
    1. Day trip to Shawnee County, Kansas to visit the Kansas History Museum and Old Prairie Town (6 hours)
    2. Day trip to Kansas City, Missouri to visit the American Jazz and Negro Museum, to meet with and to view the work of a Columbian-American street artist (6 hours)
    3. Half-day trip to Topeka, Kansas to visit the State Capitol of Kansas (4 hours)
    4. Day trip to Independence, Missouri to visit the Truman Presidential Library and Childhood Home (6 hours)
    5. Tour of the Chancellor's Residence, The Overlook, an abundant source of University and Lawrence history (2 hours)
  • After the trip, participants will take part in a class session to discuss how what was learned could be used to create enriching and fun lesson plans.

Connecting with AEC Professionals & ESL Classroom Visits

  • Opportunity to meet with one of the AEC course coordinators. Course coordinators are experienced, long-term AEC faculty members who have oversight of curriculum instruction of all sections of one AEC course. An example: 5 class sections of Reading & Writing for Academic Purposes 4.
  • Participants will meet with a coordinator in groups of three (one coordinator and three grantees) to learn about the course curriculum, level and instruction. In the discussion, the focus will be on strategies developed by the course coordinator and instructors to make the course student-centered and student-active. (2 hours)
  • Participants will also be invited to attend a team meeting for the course that includes the section teachers and is led by the course coordinator. (1 hour)
  • Participants will then have the opportunity to visit at least one AEC class session. This will be followed up by an informal meeting with the teacher and the grantee(s) so there is time for discussion and questions. (3 hours)
  • This component will conclude with a round-table session for participants and AEC instructors and coordinators. Many of our faculty members have extensive experience teaching EFL courses overseas. The focus of the discussion will be an exchange of ideas on how to strive for an immersion experience in an EFL setting and sharing of tips and strategies for keeping EFL students highly engaged in language learning through age-appropriate activities. (2 hours)
Field Trips
  1. Kansas City Trip
    • American Jazz Museum
    • Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
    • Country Club Plaza
  2. Topeka Trip
    • Kansas History Museum
    • Old Prairie Town
  3. Truman Library and Museum
Optional Activities

Frequently Asked Questions

What date should I arrive in Kansas?

Your program dates include the arrival and departure dates. So, if your program dates are May 15 - August 15, you should plan to arrive during the day on May 15. If you need to arrive earlier or later than the first day of your program, please contact Geri Lamer ( so that special arrangements can be made.

What medical records will I need to bring with me from my home country?

In order to be allowed to enroll at KU, you must have:
  • two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations,
  • a Turberculosis test, and
  • a Meningitis vaccination
If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR and/or Meningitis vaccinations in your home country, you can bring it with you. The record must be in English, show the date you took the vaccination, and be signed by a doctor.

If you do not have the correct vaccination record, you will be required to take the vaccinations here.

The Tuberculosis test must be taken in the U.S., so any test results regarding TB that you bring from your country will not be accepted.

What kind of clothing should I bring with me?

Kansas has all kinds of weather, from very cold (-20ºC) in the winter to very hot (40ºC) in the summer.
Contact Information

The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You may call the office to contact Geri Lamer or an AEC instructor during those hours. During the evenings or weekends, if you need to speak with someone from the AEC, you should call Geri Lamer.

Geri Lamer (Contact for emergencies)
(785) 864-1321
Home: (785) 312-9734
Mobile: (785) 550-8593

Margaret Coffey
(785) 864-1307

Aaron Huerter
(785) 864-5316

Marie Osterhaus
(785) 864-1496

Tiffany Edwards
(785) 864-8287


Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
The AEC comprises three units: the Intensive English Program, Short-term Programs, and KU Outreach Programs.
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 550 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
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