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Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA)

Competition for year 2021-2022 is now open. 

General Information

The Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month non-degree program, sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affair (ECA). It provides early-career teachers of English an opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while teaching their native language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities. Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects. FLTA participants are required to return to their home countries upon completion of the nine-month program. ECA will not support any extension requests for participants.

FLTA participants may assist in or teach up to twenty hours of language classes a week and are required to enroll in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in U.S. Studies. The remaining coursework should relate to their careers in English language teaching. FLTA participants will also be expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs, and language tables.

FLTA participants will be required to attend a U.S.-based orientation sponsored by ECA during the summer of 2020 before arriving at their host institutions in August, and a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States, hosted by ECA and coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE), to share and discuss foreign language teaching best practices and their current teaching experiences with other FLTA participants.

The Fulbright FLTA program does not support dependents or family members. Candidates may not have any dependents accompany them for any time during the program. Family and friends may visit program participants during holiday periods.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be Russian citizens and must reside in Russia throughout the nomination and selection process. Please note that U.S. citizenship and dual U.S.-Russian citizens are not eligible for the program participation.
  • Applicants must be teachers of English or in training to become teachers of English, and at minimum possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree by June 2021 to allow time to submit an official transcript prior to the start of the FLTA Program; Master’s degrees are highly desirable at many institutions.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory, demonstrated by a score of no less than 79-80 (internet based TOEFL – IBT) or 6.0 (overall score International English Language Testing System – IELTS).
  • Applicants must demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity, and professionalism. Material misrepresentation (e.g., plagiarism) at any time during the application or grant period is grounds for selection withdrawal or grant termination, as well as ineligibility for future participation.
  • Due to the structure of the Fulbright FLTA Program, FLTA applicants should be capable of succeeding in the dual role of teaching assistant and student; they must be open to living with their U.S. student peers in undergraduate or graduate level campus housing and also engaging with faculty and staff with maturity and professionalism.

Preferred Qualifications

FLTA participants should approach teaching with enthusiasm. They should be sincerely interested in teaching Russian and Russian culture to American students, show knowledge of the culture of their country and awareness of current events in the country, and possess leadership qualities, the ability to guide their students and interact well with students. FLTA participants should be full of desire to communicate with people and to become a part of the community. They should be able to work creatively, to be independent, but, at the same time, to be able to work well with colleagues, i.e. to develop good relations with teachers, students and the personnel of the host institution in the U.S.

Many institutions in the USA, wish to receive FLTA participants who demonstrate an interest in adapting to and residing in small cities or in the countryside. Candidates should also have excellent organizational skills and the ability to use a computer. Interests in playing sports, music, dance, theatre, literature, poetry, and culinary skills are also encouraged and welcomed. The greatest character traits the candidate should demonstrate are flexibility and readiness to gain new knowledge and share it.

Application Procedures and Timeline

All applicants must submit a standard set of documents consisting of an application form, three letters of recommendation, and a copy of a diploma. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview in English and TOEFL iBT examination in October 2020. FLTA program semi-finalists will be selected no later than December 2020.

The semi-finalists of the competition become official participants of the program only after:

  1. Results of the TOEFL exam have been considered.
  2. IIE has confirmed his/her acceptance in a university in the USA.
  3. The nominee has been approved by The J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board.
  4. Finalists submit a completed and approved medical form which then should be approved by a medical board in the USA.

ATTENTION: For more details please refer to the Russian language version.