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Panamá Bilingüe

The Gulf Language School at North American University is pleased to be part of Panamá Bilingüe program, an initiative of the Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela to improve public education and economic development in Panama. Visiting teachers are welcomed to either the eight or the sixteen-week program in English language training and to develop new teaching skills and a global perspective on public and bilingual education.

In addition, the teachers will also participate in continuing professional development through an online program when they return home.

Important Information

Spring 1 – 2019 Program Dates
Arrival Date January 10, 2019
Start date of the program January 14, 2019
End date of the program March 9, 2019
Departure Date (Return to Panama) March 10, 2019
Spring 2-2019 Program Dates
Arrival Date January 10, 2019
Start date of the program January 14, 2019
End date of the program March 8, 2019
Departure Date (Return to Panama) March 10, 2019
Summer 1-2019 and Summer 1-2019 Program Dates Program Dates
Arrival Date March 13, 2019
Start date of the program March 18, 2019
End date of the program June 28, 2019
Summer 1-2019 and Summer 1-2019 Program Dates
Departure Date (Return to Panama) July 1, 2019
Contact Information
Director: Margaret Combs [email protected]

Complaint Form

Gulf Language School is committed to treating all students fairly and respectfully. If you encounter a problem on campus or feel you have been treated unfairly, please click on the image below to access and complete the form for immediate action:

Panama GLS Complaint Form

Program Overview

The program consists of language training in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. During the afternoon class time, teachers will participate in a language teaching methodology and research course, teaching strategies, classroom management, educational leadership, and spend time using technology for teaching and learning. The visiting teachers take the ESL ACCUPLACER placement test to determine their level. The placement test is approximately three hours long and includes listening, reading, writing, sentence meaning and grammar.

School visits

Teachers will visit a variety of schools in the Houston area to learn about the educational system and issues that teachers and students face in the United States. In addition, some of the participants will join the Key Women Educators Meeting on Panama to promote professional development program and use of experiential activities.

Professional Development

After completion of the 8 or 16-week program, the teachers will continue their professional development through an 8 or 16-week online program as a review of the that focuses on the project-based learning, differentiated instruction, school-wide communications process and plan, motivating learners, and curriculum development.

Activities

The Intensive English Program offers a variety of activities to give students the opportunity to learn and use English outside the classroom and to further introduce them to American culture and university life. IEP activities include off-campus trips to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, stage performances, campus visits, and fun destinations as well as on-campus activities include events such as International Day, socials, BBQ’s, and more.

Arrival

You will be met at the Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) by a team specialist from the Office of Student Affairs at the North American University. The phone number for Omer Kilinc in Student Affairs’ specialist is: +1 (832) 230 5539.

After you exit the customs area, look for a sign that says NORTH AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PANAMA BILINGUE. There will be drivers who will take you from Bush Intercontinental Airport to the campus. If you have any changes before you arrive you can contact Mr. Omer Kilinc at [email protected]

Housing Arrangements

Housing

Boy’s dorm: Chestnut Resident hall – located on the 5th floor of the Main campus building, Chestnut Hall offers students a hub to gather, relax and enjoy all that North American University has to offer. Girl’s dorm: Willow Hall – located on the 6th floor of the Main campus building and is dedicated to providing a safe and relaxing retreat for female residence.

Food

You will be able to eat at the dining facilities at North American University

Books

All books will be provided by the Gulf Language School. Please bring a notebook, paper and other supplies for your studies

ID Cards

You will have a NAU ID card for access to all North American University Facilities

Email

You will have a NAU email to use while you are studying with us. This is used to contact faculty and staff at NAU.

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Daily Sample Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07:00 – 08:30 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09:00 – 10:00 IEP IEP IEP IEP IEP
10:00 – 11:00 IEP IEP IEP IEP IEP Brunch Brunch
11:00 – 12:00 IEP IEP IEP IEP IEP Brunch Brunch
12:00 – 01:00 IEP IEP Lunch IEP IEP Event Event
01:00 – 02:00 Lunch Lunch CO Lunch Lunch Event Event
02:00 – 03:00 EDUC CP CO CP Lab Event Event
03:00 – 03:30 EDUC CP CO CP Lab Event Event
03:30 – 04:00 EDUC Lab EDUC Lab Lab Event Event
04:00 – 04:30 EDUC Lab EDUC Lab Lab Event Event
04:00 – 04:30 Free Free Free Free Free
05:00 – 07:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

Legend

EP – Language classes
EDUC – Education classes
CP – Conversation Partners
CO – Classroom Observation (this could be a classroom observation, a school visit, a workshop/seminar at a public or private school, etc.)
Event – Cultural and social awareness activities

All Star International Sports and Culture

Gulf Language School at North American University is pleased to form a strategic partnership with All Star International Sports and Culture to provide English language training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities.