Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants Summer Orientation 2020

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The ELC is proud to welcome the 2020 Fulbright FLTA summer orientation to MSU for a 14th year. Of course, we are offering this summer orientation virtually and, as always, this FLTASO is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

I really appreciate having this orientation program, not only to learn about US culture and teaching, but also for the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and knowing that they might be going through the same problems or experience in the future 10 months.

FLTA Grantee from 2019

This summer orientation is a joint effort within the College of Arts & Letters and is hosted by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program, the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, the Department of Romance, and Classical Studies at Michigan State University, and the English Language Center.

Even though most FLTAs have significant experience, I enjoy seeing the professional development of all who come. It has that positive ripple effect, too. Many stay in touch as they take their experience here and move on to teacher training in their own country or other Fulbright programs. It’s so rewarding to see how much they grow.

FLTASO Director Danielle Steider

About the Fulbright Program

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright FLTA recipients are among more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Institute of International Education administers the Fulbright FLTA Program.

Since 2001, more than 4,000 awardees have been Fulbright FLTAs.

I really enjoyed this program. It was great to meet new people and make some connections in other parts of the States. All the facilitators were fantastic. Thank you all for such a fantastic experience!

FLTA Grantee from 2019