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Panama Bilingue

Welcome Teachers from Panama Bilingue

Panama teachers and Mario the Dragon

The English Language Center of Drexel University is pleased to welcome teachers from Panama Bilingue for an eight week program in language, pedagogy, experiential education, cultural trips and activities.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Mr Ben Barnett
English Language Center: Front Desk


The program consists of language training in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. During the afternoon class time, teachers will learn about language teaching methodology that focuses on the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model and spend time using technology for teaching and learning.

Participants will be placed in speaking and writing courses in the intensive English program (IEP) on the basis of initial placement tests during the orientation.

School visits

Teachers will visit a variety of schools in Philadelphia to learn about the educational system and issues that teachers and students face in the United States.

In addition, participants will visit the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and meet with the Museum Education Department to professional development program and use of experiential activities.

After completion of the program, participants will continue learning through an 8 week online program as a review of the methodology course to share their experiences with that particular topic and how it relates to their own classrooms.


Participants are welcome to join the ELC activities throughout the term. In winter, the ELC hosts an International Festival when our students share stories, music, dance, and objects from their countries. Please bring something from your country to share for this exciting event.


After you exit the customs area, look for a sign that says DREXEL UNIVERSITY PANAMA BILINGUE. There will be two (2) drivers who will take you from New York to International House in Philadelphia. Mr. Ben Barnett will meet you at International House.

If you have any changes before you arrive you can contact Mr. Barnett at


Housing: You will live in the Philadelphia International House, with individual rooms arranged in suites. This is a 15 minute walk to the ELC.

Food: You will be able to eat at any of the Drexel Dining centers

Books: All books will be provided by the English Language Center. Please bring a notebook, paper and other supplies for your studies

ID Cards: You will have a Drexel ID card for access to all Drexel Facilities

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

Sample Weekly Schedule

   Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
 Listening & Speaking
 Listening & Speaking  Listening & Speaking  Listening & Speaking  Listening & Speaking
 9:30-10:50  Reading & Writing
 Reading & Writing  Reading & Writing  Reading & Writing  Reading & Writing
 Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch
 Language Teaching Methods for Student Engagement
 Language Teaching Methods for Student Engagement  Language Teaching Methods for Student Engagement  Language Teaching Methods for Student Engagement  Language Teaching Methods for Student Engagement
 Technology Labs
 Independent Observations
 Technology Labs
  Cultural Visits