Fulbright FLTA Orientation
UO's Global Studies Institute was pleased to host its first-ever academic program for 74 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) from August 19-23.
The FLTAs come from 35 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.
Three of the FLTAs, Madiha Afzal, Thidanan Chanakan, and Katherin Chamorro will remain at the UO for the whole year to teach Urdu, Thai, and Quechua, respectively, in YLC's selfstudy language program and to do community outreach in the International Cultural Service Program. The other FLTAs will go on to more than 3o different universities across the country.
While in Eugene the FLTAs participated in a rigorous academic, cultural, and pedgagogical orientation led by faculty from the Department of Linguistics' Language Teaching Studies program, professional staff from International Affairs, and the Yamada Language Center. The goal was to prepare FLTAs to "hit the ground running" when they arrived at their respective campuses, able to walk into a US university classroom and begin teaching, or assist in teaching, their language. Not a small task.
The UO has hosted FLTAs since the program's inception in 2004. It's sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is organized and managed by the International Institute for Education.