Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants from 50 Countries Convene this Week in Washington

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 11, 2012

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host 392 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants from 50 countries for an enrichment workshop in Washington, D.C. from December 13 to 15. Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants are young English teachers and recent university graduates who assist in teaching their native languages and cultures at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Thirty-three languages and 220 U.S. colleges and universities are represented in the current academic year’s Fulbright Foreign Teaching Assistants program.

Fulbright Foreign Teaching Assistants strengthen language instructional capacity at their assigned institutions by teaching courses in their native languages including Chinese, Arabic, French, Tagalog, Russian, Hindi, and many others. Fulbright Foreign Teaching Assistants also attend classes at their institutions to strengthen their English skills. After their exchange, participants return home to teach English with refined teaching techniques, increased English proficiency, and expanded knowledge of U.S. culture and values.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 315,000 participants from the United States and over 155 countries worldwide with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine will address the group on Friday, December 14, at 9 a.m. Events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Interviews with Foreign Language Teaching Assistants can be arranged upon request. Press attendance is by RSVP only – contact information below.

Media Contact: ECA-Press@state.gov, 202-632-6373

PRN: 2012/1963