Fulbright FLTA Orientation
From August 18-22 the UO was pleased to host 63 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) for an intensive week of pedagogical and cross cultural training and learning. (See website).
The FLTAs come from 30 different countries and will be teaching at campuses all across the country. Back home, most of the FLTAs are English language educators, but here they'll be teaching both commonly taught languages such as Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Arabic and many seldomly taught ones such as Bengali, Kazakh, and Ukrainian.
Five of the FLTAs, Alexsander Ferriera, Dilay Eroglu, Zulekha Khamisi, Wafa Pathan, and Anupong Tuaynak will remain at the UO for the whole year to teach Portuguese, Turkish, Swahili, Urdu, and Thai, respectively, and to do community outreach in the International Cultural Service Program. The other FLTAs will go on to 29 other universities across the country.
While in Eugene the FLTAs will participate in a rigorous academic, cultural, and pedgagogical orientation led by faculty and staff from International Student and Scholar Services, the Language Teaching Studies program, the Yamada Language Center, and 5 other language departments. The goal is to prepare FLTAs to "hit the ground running" when they arrive at their respective campuses, to be able to walk into a US university classroom and to begin teaching, or assist in teaching, their language. Not a small task, but they certainly showed they're up to it.
The UO has hosted 30 FLTAs since the program's inception in 2004. They're sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the program is managed by the Institute of Internal Education. Annually, more than 400 individuals from around the world participate in the program.