Academic Reading Workshop

Do you want to read an academic text more effectively?

  You can do this by learning the pattern, or "code" of academic reading. Academic texts have a common structure, like a code, that they use to make a point or share the results of research. When you can "de-code" an academic text, you will know how to find the information you need faster and be a more confident reader!

 Attend the Academic Reading Workshop to learn how to track the patterns of the academic texts! Call 070 50 21 21 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for the event! It is open to college students!!!

 Trainer's profile: From a small town in Eastern Idaho, USA, Jessica is a current Fulbright Student Researcher focused on Memory Work and Popular Culture in Cambodia. She holds a BA in Literature from the College of Idaho and an MA in Asian Studies from University of Hawai'i-Manoa in Honolulu. She has lived in a wide range of places from the continental USA to the Pacific Islands and even Australia. She's passionate about community memory and healing, education, and pop culture. With skills as a writer, editor, international traveler, cultural critic and researcher, Jessica believes that the most important text book we have is the book of our own lives and experiences but that we have to encourage critical thought, curiosity, and active reflection in order to access our potential. So she looks forward to sharing her experiences as an academic, writer, and public speaker with students and the community to foster a space of mutual education and learning.




Global Undergraduate Program

 Global Undergraduate Program (Global UGRAD Program)

 Scholarship for undergraduate students.


Ms. Monica L. Davis, Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh

Mr. Sean Viseth, Fulbright and UGRAD Alumnus

Date: 20 December 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Venue: EducationUSA Center, Pannasastra University of Cambodia, No. 184, Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh

Speaker biography

Mr. Sean Viseth is a Fulbright graduate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), majoring in Data Science.  He got his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP).  He was a programmer at ACLEDA Bank Headquarters prior to pursuing his Master's degree at WPI.  This past summer, he interned at HP Labs as Research Associate working on big data analytics in 3D Printer division.  In addition, he's been an active volunteer at various organizations including FUSAAC, Microsoft Students Partner Cambodia, and IT Center at RUPP.

Visit U.S. Embassy in Cambodia website for more details.

International Students Day

College fairs are crucial when preparing to study in the U.S. So how about a free one in your own home? Meet 120+ U.S. Universities Online.

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Live Viewing of the U.S. Presidential Debate


Thomas Smitham currently serves as the Deputy Coordinator for Programs in the Bureau of International Information Programs.  His most recent assignments were as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and as Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 

From 2008 to 2012, he served as chief of staff to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment in the Department of State.  Prior to returning to Washington, Tom headed the energy and environment unit at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels from 2005-2008. Just before his assignment in Brussels, he served as a Special Assistant in the office of the Under Secretary, covering Western Hemisphere issues. 

From 1999-2000, Tom was seconded to the British Foreign Office, where he worked on European Union economic issues. This was followed by an assignment to the economic section at the U.S. Embassy in London. Prior assignments in the Foreign Service include Mexico City, Lima, the Vatican, and Rome. Tom received a master's degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in history from the University of California, Berkeley.

U.S. Election Talks


Betsy Fischer Martin
is an Emmy-winning journalist, TV executive and President of Fischer Martin Media.  Currently, she is the Contributing Editor for Washington for MORE Magazine, an Executive in Residence at American University's School of Public Affairs, and the co-host of Bloomberg Politics' MASTERS IN POLITICS Podcast.

Most recently she was the Senior Executive Producer and Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming, where she was responsible for the development and execution of political coverage.  She provided editorial direction across all of the network’s shows and digital teams, as well as long-range political coverage.  Additionally, she created and executed coverage strategy for NBC News polls and research data.

Before being promoted to the executive role at NBC News in 2013, Fischer Martin was at the helm of the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest running television program in the world, “Meet the Press,” for 11 years.  During this time, she oversaw all editorial content, guest-selection, strategic planning, production, marketing, special online programming, and financial decision-making for the program.

In her long tenure as Executive Producer, she produced in-depth interviews with top newsmakers, including U.S. presidents, cabinet officials, heads of state and presidential candidates. Additionally, she served as Tom Brokaw’s producer for NBC News’ coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election, including party conventions, debates, and election night.  In this capacity she also was Brokaw’s producer when he moderated one of the three general election debates between Obama and McCain.

Fischer Martin worked closely for 17 years with the late Tim Russert, producing his headline-making interviews for “Meet the Press” and also serving as his producer for NBC’s coverage of special events and four presidential elections, including the historic 2000 presidential election night and subsequent recount. She has participated in the U.S. Speakers Program before, most recently in 2015 as part of a virtual program on U.S. elections for U.S. Embassy Estonia.

ASEAN and East Asia: Using Sociolinguistic Competence to Share Your Culture

ASEAN and East Asia: Using Sociolinguistic Competence to Share Your Culture
Ms. Lieske will begin by discussing some of the results of a questionnaire that has been administered to over 7,000 university students in ASEAN and East Asian countries. This questionnaire explores how student perceive English and its uses in international communication. Ms. Lieske will explain how an understanding of these results can help you when you communicate with foreigners. As AEC2015 draws closer, it is increasingly important to be able to effectively communicate across cultures. As a result, building on Ms. Lieske’s presentation, Mr. Menking will give a brief example of how to share your Cambodian culture with the world.

Presenter Biographies
Carmella Lieske has been teaching in Japan for 20 years, where she is currently an Associate Professor in the Center for Foreign Language Education at Shimane University. Her research interests include materials development, study abroad, and English as an International Language, and in conjunction with her research, she has published chapters in three TESOL books and an article in the ELT Journal. She has given feedback on and written student books, workbooks and workbooks, teacher’s editions, and testing packages for 17 series with Cengage/National Geographic Learning, Thomson Learning, Oxford University Press, Macmillan, and Pearson Longman.

Scott Menking has been teaching in Japan for 20 years, and he is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and Literature at Shimane University. His research interests include technology in the classroom, sociolinguistics, and English as an International Language (EIL). As part of his research into EIL, he was awarded a five-year Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) grant which partially funds his research into Asian university students’ impressions of EIL.

Monthly Americana Quiz Draw

The American Corner of Cambodia is pleased to announce the 8th Americana Quiz. The quiz is offered monthly. It aims to test participants’ knowledge on a wide range of American subjects including culture, society, history, geography, government and politics. Participants are encouraged to use materials including books, periodicals, and Internet terminals available in the Corner to find answers for 10 questions on the quiz.

Prizes include Bags, Flash Drives, Badmintons, Bottles, Pens, and Printing Coupons (10 Pages for those who will not get the prizes).

Participants who get all the correct answers will be drawn to win the prizes.


Main Library/American Corner/EducationaUSA Advising Center
PUC South Campus No.184, Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh
Tel: 010 50 21 21

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