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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fulbright Malaysian Award: Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA)

Overview

The Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) is pleased to announce the FY 2012 competition for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program. The Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of United States Department of State.

It is a non-degree program that provides young 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 universities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects. Fulbright FLTA participants must return to their home country upon completion of the program.

Fulbright 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 the U.S. studies. The remaining coursework should relate to their careers in English language teaching. Fulbright FLTA participants will also be expected to facilitate cultural events, language clubs and language tables.



The FLTA program promotes cross-cultural understanding in the U.S. and in the home countries of the FLTA fellows. U.S. universities benefit from the presence of a native speaker on their campuses. FLTA fellows and U.S. students have the unique opportunity to learn about each others culture and to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. Upon completion of the program, the fellows must return home and teach English at the secondary or 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.

Fulbright participants will be required to attend an orientation sponsored by ECA during the summer of 2011 before arriving at their host institutions in August. Fulbright FLTA participants will also be required to attend a mid-year enrichment conference in the United States, coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and hosted by ECA, to share and discuss foreign language teaching best practices and their current teaching experiences with other Fulbright FLTA participants..

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be/have :

  1. Malaysian citizen between 21 years old and no more than 29 years old by the August 15, 2011 application deadline.
  2. Teachers of English or in training to become teachers of English and at minimum must possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree by June 1, 2012 with good academic record.
  3. Fluency in English is mandatory, demonstrated by a score of no less than 79-80 (Internet Based Toefl) or 6.0 ( Overall Score International English Language Testing System-IELTS). You must sit for TOEFL test before the application deadline.
  4. Clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism.
  5. Reside in home country throughout the nomination and selection process.
  6. Must return to home country upon completion of the nine-month program. ECA will not support any extension requests for participants.

GRANT BENEFITS

Successful candidates will receive the following:

- Monthly stipend, health insurance and travel support. Please note that dependents are not allowed to accompany on this program.

- Host institution provide tuition waivers to support the required coursework.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Candidates are required to submit application via on-line management system at:https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/flta

A complete application package includes:

  • An online application form
  • Personal information form
  • Original academic transcripts with certified English translations
  • Three letters of reference
  • TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Passport copy
  • Please submit 4 complete sets of applications with photographs no later or by August 15, 2011 to:

    MACEE
    FULBRIGHT FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM (FLTA)
    18TH FLOOR, MENARA YAYASAN TUN RAZAK
    200 JALAN BUKIT BINTANG
    55100 KUALA LUMPUR

    For further inquiries please contact Ms. Kalis at 03-2166 8878 ext 24. http://www.macee.org.my/



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