The Society is delighted to announce that it will again be providing English language tuition to Egyptian archaeologists and Egyptologists in 2014-15 thanks to the generosity of our colleagues at the British Council.
The successfull applicants for the 2013 places in the Society's Cairo Office at the British Council, Agouza
We will be offering five places on courses provided by the Council over the course of three terms from September 2014, and a further five places from March 2015. Application for entry in both September and March are invited now (see below). In each case, three of the places will be restricted to employees of the Ministry of Antiquities but the others will be open to all.
The tuition will be provided at the British Council's premises in Agouza, Cairo. The successful candidates will be required to undergo a test to determine their current level of competence so that they can be assigned to the appropriate course. The test can be taken at either the Agouza or Heliopolis branches of the Council.
Our intention is to award the places, in open competition, to those whose work in Archaeology or Egyptology would benefit most from an improvement in their English language skills. Applicants will be asked to send the following by e-mail to the Society's Fieldwork and Engagement Manager in Egypt, Mr Essam Nagy, (EES.Cairo@britishcouncil.org.eg):
• a CV
• a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or tutor (a senior at the Ministry of Antiquities or university professor etc.)
• a short personal statement
Candidates should use the personal statement to explain how improving their English language skills would be of use to them in their work, and how they plan to use what they have learnt after the course has finished.
Applications should be submitted no later than 2.00 pm on Thursday 31 July. Any enquiries should also be addressed to Essam Nagy (EES.Cairo@britishcouncil.org.eg).
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held during August 2014.
In offering these places we are building on a long-established custom. The Society is committed to providing such training to colleagues working in the Ministry of Antiquities in universities and elsewhere, and it is clear that the benefits extend more generally to archaeology in Egypt as well as to the individuals themselves.