Project Code: STATE-USA-ECA-182

Research Language Education as a Soft Power Tool

Project Title Research Language Education as a Soft Power Tool
Project Summary Conduct research on particular models of language teaching as soft power tools. Many governments use language education as part of their public diplomacy efforts, for example the British Council or Alliance Française. What models, resources, and digital tools do they use? Which are effective?
Country United States
Agency Department of State
DoS Office ECA/A/L
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 2
Project Description

Previous VSFS interns have researched the range of governments using language education (language classes and teacher exchanges) as soft power public diplomacy tools. In this project, you will have the opportunity to research one approach in depth - what resources, models, and digital tools does a specific country use. How do they measure the impact or effectiveness of these programs? Is there any documented evidence of their impact? Interns will work with a Regional English Language Officer to develop research questions to focus on a particular country.

Required Skills or Interests
Analytical writing
Educational design
Additional Information

Preference will be given to candidates enrolled in MA-level studies in international education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), public diplomacy, or closely related fields.
Strong foreign language skills are a plus, especially Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Russian, Turkish, Japanese, German, French, Spanish.
The primary audience for this research is the Office of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, including Regional English Language Offices in Embassies worldwide. Learn more about our work here: