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.

MOOC for English-Teaching Professonals

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has launched a pilot Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) prepared by and for English-teaching professionals.

Shaping the Way We Teach English was developed by the University of Oregon. It is hosted on the Coursera platform as part of the Department’s partnership with Coursera. This is a free opportunity for current and future educators of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to improve the quality of their teaching methods.

The course offers a unique, multimedia-rich collaborative environment where participants can interact with top-ranked English-language educators from all over the world. Participants will have access to asynchronous materials and methods that complement college courses such as Introduction to Methods for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Interactive discussion forums will also allow participants to share ideas with each other to enhance their English language teaching expertise. The benefits of this course should enable educators to establish, adapt, and evaluate their methods, materials, and classroom activities to improve their students’ study of English.

New Opening of 11th Reading Contest

The American Corner of Cambodia is hosting the 11th Reading Contest 2014.
The contest will help participants to improve reading and to foster a love and a habit of reading.

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” by Mortimer Adler.

When: 25th April 2014 – 14th July 2014

Who can participate in the contest?
1.    High school students
2.    English language students
3.    General public: 15 to 20 years old

•    To register, the participants are required to show a student ID card or a family book.

•    Participants have to earn passing scores of five journal entries in order to be selected to join the final round. Participants will get an evaluation form of the journal entry and a sample of the journal entry from a librarian after registering for the contest.

•    During the final round, the participant whose names are drawn will be asked to talk about one of their journal entries within a few questions.

•    Participants are required to submit at least five journal entries to the program committee in order to be graded.

•    Participants can check out two books at a time for two weeks.
•    The deadline for submission of final entries is on 14th July 2014.

1st prize: Electronic Dictionary
2nd prize: External Hard Drive
3rd prize: Backpack
4th prize: Flash Drive
5th prize: Badminton
6th-10th prizes: Nice Pens

For more information, please contact us at:
Main Library/American Corner, PUC South Campus
No.184, Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh
Tel: 023 993 957
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The Final Round of 10th Reading Contest

American Corner Cambodia at PUC organizes the Final Round of Tenth Reading Contest. The competition of the reading contest will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 11:15 A.M. The contest will be conducted at American Corner.

Important Note:The name of candidates will be drawn and then talk about their interesting stories within a few questions. All candidates shall come to the American Corner to be competed for the Tenth Reading Contest Prizes.




Scholarship Presentation

This presentation will be benefited for both undergraduate and graduate students in Cambodia.


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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