U.S. Embassy and Islamabad Club to promote English language learning

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U.S. Embassy Islamabad and Islamabad Club provide free access to English language learning resources

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ISLAMABAD – U.S. Embassy Islamabad and Islamabad Club officials signed a memorandum of understanding to extend their support of the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Reading Room, a partnership to promote English language learning.

First established in August 2009, the MLK Reading Room provides free access to English books, magazines, videos, as well as databases and scholarly journals for research. Christina Tomlinson, U.S. Embassy Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, and Muhammad Mobeen, Islamabad Club Assistant Secretary, participated in the ceremony at the Islamabad Club, which will extend the partnership until July 2020.

Remodeled in June 2015, the MLK Reading Room provides monthly programs for the Islamabad Club member community and guests, focusing on English language learning; science and technology; entrepreneurship, and counseling for higher education in the United States.

MLK Reading Room book clubs and writing clubs are particularly popular among visitors. The corner has also hosted programs to raise awareness about gender-based violence and discrimination and promote knowledge-sharing among entrepreneurs.

The MLK Reading Room is one of 19 Lincoln Corners across Pakistan supported by the U.S. Embassy. A Lincoln Corner is a resource center and event space hosted in partnership with Pakistani institutions – public libraries, universities, and cultural centers – that provides free access to English language learning materials and a platform for open dialogue between Pakistanis and Americans.

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