The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Amy Burden from Kosciusko, for a virtual fellowship, engaging with English language learners and teachers online in The Philippines at Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City. Burden is among the first to be selected for the Virtual English Language Fellow Program, a new program created for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Amy Burden is the daughter of Bill and Miriam Simpson of Kosciusko and is married to Eric Burden, son of Ronnie and Connie Burden of Sallis.
Amy graduated from Kosciusko High School in 2005 and earned a BA in Spanish from Mississippi College in Clinton before attending The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where she earned an MA in Teaching Languages.
In May of this year, she completed her Doctor of Philosophy in applied linguistics at the University of Memphis. Her project in The Philippines will include conducting two virtual seminars on language assessment and online language teaching strategies for both K-12 teachers at the Department of Education and tertiary faculty at area colleges and universities.
Additionally, she will co-teach undergraduate and graduate courses in teaching grammar and language assessment to students at Angeles University Foundation, working with the chair of the English department and professors within the School of Education. AUF is one of only 30 universities in the nation recognized by the Center for Higher Education as a Center of Excellence in Teacher Education and is one of only 10 universities accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities.
The project was expected to begin in October and end Dec. 12, 2020.