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Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA)



ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Fulbright FLTA Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). As part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the Fulbright FLTA Program is designed to develop Americans’ knowledge of foreign cultures and languages by supporting teaching assistantships in over 30 languages at hundreds of U.S. institutions of higher education. The program offers educators from over 50 countries the opportunity to develop their professional skills and gain first-hand knowledge of the U.S., its culture and its people.

U.S. campuses enhance their teaching of languages and expose students to a true understanding of people of different nations. Like the more than 1,800 Foreign Fulbright Fellows that enter U.S. academic programs each year, Fulbright FLTAs apply to the program through the Fulbright Foundation in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright FLTA nominees and supervise participants during their stay in the United States.

 

FLTA FELLOWSHIP AWARDS FOR THAI CITIZEN
The Program provides an opportunity for young Thai teachers of English to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency while extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States while strengthening the instructions of the Thai language at U.S. higher education institutions for nine months.

FLTA Program has a tremendous multiplier effect in the U.S. and in the home countries of the FLTA fellows. U.S. universities benefit from the presence of a native foreign language speaker on their campuses. FLTA fellows provide teaching assistance, by serving in various capacities, which may include teaching up to two courses per semester, and typically facilitate cultural events and language clubs.

Fellows and U.S. students have the unique opportunity to learn about each other’s culture and to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. FLTA fellows also take courses in U.S. studies and in the teaching of English as a foreign language. Upon completion of the program, the fellows return home and teach English at university level. As a result of the program, FLTA alumni return to their home countries with a high proficiency in English and are able to speak with authenticity and authority about the United States, its values and its people.

FLTA fellows may teach up to two classes and are required to enroll in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in U.S. studies. The remaining coursework must relate to their careers in English language teaching. FLTA fellows will also be expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs and language tables.

Selection will be based on the candidates’ leadership skills, ability to motivate students to learn, and interest in teaching their native language and culture to U.S. students. Ideal candidates for the FLTA Program have a desire to meet people and become a part of their host community by participating in community events and campus activities. FLTA fellows should also be creative and self-reliant team players, who are able to maintain excellent relationships with faculty, staff and students. FLTA Program is demand-driven and final selection is dependent on the ability to match the requests of U.S. host institutions with the language skills of the applicant pool.

 

FUNDING

All FLTA fellows receive a monthly stipend, health insurance and travel support. U.S. host institutions provide tuition waivers to support the required coursework.

 

IMPORTANT

This is a non-degree program. Any applicant who is seeking a U.S. degree should not apply for this Program.

 

PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

March-June

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Be a Thai citizen in good health
  • Be a teacher of English at Thai university or public secondary school
  • Be no more than 35-year of age by October 1 of the application year
  • Have a TOEFL score of at least 79-80 (IBT)/ 6.0 IELTS, taken within 2 years and valid until October 1 of the application year
  • Received Bachelor degree or higher at Thai University
  • Must return to Thailand upon completion of the nine-month program. The Program will NOT support any extension requests for applicants; and
  • Demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism

 

* Be disqualified if plagiarism is found in application