Keys teacher off to South Africa for 10 months to teach English

Florida Keys Community College Professor Melissa Nicholas has been selected by the U.S. State Department for a 10-month program teaching English in South Africa.

Nicholas, who has taught developmental reading and writing at the college since 2007, was scheduled to leave Monday for the program's hosting institution, the University of Zululand.

Nicholas is one of 165 educators selected for the 2015-16 English Language Fellow Program, the college says. According to State Department, fellows demonstrate significant experience teaching English to speakers of other languages and a commitment to the field of English language teaching and learning."

At the Keys college, Nicholas has taught students from Cuba, Haiti, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Russia, Poland and South Africa.

Nicholas holds a masters' degree in applied linguistics from the University of South Florida, a bachelor's in English from Florida International University and an associate's arts from FKCC.

Through projects developed by U.S. embassies in more than 80 countries, fellows work directly with students, teachers and other educators. The program started in 1969. It’s administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.