The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) is a nine-month fellowship for English teachers or those who are in English as a Second Language teaching training programs. Participants teach Arabic in American colleges, universities, or select high schools, and they may take graduate-level English and American studies courses. The program provides future teachers with the opportunity to perfect their teaching skills, increase their capacity, to improve their English language competency and to have a better knowledge of American society and culture. In addition to academic benefits, this program also provides both FLTAs and Americans with an opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and customs, thereby enhancing mutual understanding. The FLTAs are recruited from diverse backgrounds, but are required to have formal academic training and professional experience in teaching. In addition to teaching Arabic language, FLTAs may serve as:
- Resource persons in conversation groups
- Cultural representatives
- Attendants in language laboratories
- Guest speakers in civilization courses
- Supervisors of language clubs
Eligible FLTA applicants must:
- Be a Libyan national and residing in Libya throughout the nomination and selection process;
- Be an English teacher with a minimum of two years of experience, but preferably more;
- Have a bachelor degree (License of 4 years);
- Be fluent in English with a minimum TOEFL-IBT score of 80;
- Be between 23 and 35 years of age;
- Have fluency in classical Arabic (speaking and writing);
- Be able to travel to Tunisia for the personal interview;
- Be able to travel and participate in the program alone*
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Candidates in this program may not bring spouses or dependents with them to the US. By extension of this policy, pregnant candidates may not participate in the program if the birth is due during the program period. Preference will be given to those candidates who have little or have no prior experience living in the United States.
All Fulbright FLTA participants receive a monthly stipend, accident and sickness coverage, and travel support. U.S. host institutions provide tuition waivers to support the required coursework.
Each candidate will be required to submit an online application via the online Embark system by October 3, 2018 application deadline. Short-listed applicants will be contacted by the U.S Embassy Libya for interviews shortly thereafter.
All applicants must complete an online application by October 3 using the following link: iie.embark.com/apply/flta
In addition, the following documents from the application package must be submitted to the U.S. Embassy by October 3 via email at Bennajimm@america.gov.
- Three letters of reference/recommendation (reference form available in “Supplemental Forms” on your online application);
- Notarized copies of academic transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended, accompanied by certified English translations;
- Notarized copies of diplomas for all post-secondary schools attended (should you anticipate receiving your bachelor’s diploma in summer of 2018, please enclose an official letter from the dean of your faculty explaining the reason your diploma cannot be submitted at the time of application);
- Copy of TOEFL or IELTS score report only if available; and
- A copy of your passport.
Questions regarding the program can be directed to the Public Affairs Section at Bennajimm@america.gov
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is unacceptable. All applications will be checked and rejected in case of plagiarism. Plagiarism is using someone else’s ideas or work without proper or complete acknowledgment. Plagiarism encompasses many things, and is by far the most common manifestation of academic fraud. For example, copying a passage straight from a book into a paper without quoting or explicitly citing the source is blatant plagiarism. In addition, completely rewording someone else’s work or ideas and using it as one’s own is also plagiarism. It is very important that students properly acknowledge all ideas, work and even distinctive wording that are not their own. However, certain information in any discipline is considered “common knowledge” and may be used without acknowledgment. What is considered to be common knowledge varies among fields; when in doubt consult a professor or teaching assistant. Students unsure of how to properly acknowledge a source are encouraged to consult a research assistant, teaching assistant, professor or manual of style.