Are you a Nigerian? Check this out! The Public Affairs Section of the United States Mission in Nigeria is seeking skilled Nigerians to teach Hausa or Yoruba languages and cultures to American students in US institutions and colleges.
The FLTA programme is intended to provide young foreign instructors with the chance to teach Yoruba language and culture to American university and college students. The programme also allows participants to hone their teaching skills, improve their English language competence, and broaden their awareness of American cultures and customs by engaging in non-degree courses while boosting foreign language instruction at US colleges and institutions. Becoming a participant entails a significant deal of responsibility.
Participants teach language classes, run language labs, and lead language table discussions in addition to their studies. They may also serve as resource people in discussion groups, cultural representatives, language laboratory attendants, extra-curricular activity organisers, guest speakers in civilisation courses, heads of language clubs, homes, tables, and much more.
About the Scholarship:
The United States Department of Education is the federal government agency in charge of establishing policies, administering, and coordinating the majority of federal education support. It aids the president in carrying out his national education policy and in putting laws passed by Congress into effect. The objective of the Department is to serve America’s students—to enhance student accomplishment and global competitiveness by supporting educational excellence and assuring equal access. In 2007-08, the Department’s elementary and secondary school programmes served about 55 million students (pre-kindergarten through grade 12), who attended 100,000 public schools and 34,000 private schools. Around 10 million undergraduate students received grant, loan, and work-study support through department programmes.
When Congress established the Department in 1979, it had the following goals: To strengthen the federal commitment to ensuring equal educational opportunity for all individuals; to supplement and complement the efforts of states, local school systems, and other state instrumentalities, the private sector, public and private educational institutions, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organisations, parents, and students to improve educational quality; to Aencourage the expansion of educational opportunities Specifically, the process, procedures, and administrative structures for the disbursement of Federal funds, as well as the reduction of unnecessary and duplicative burdens and constraints, including unnecessary paperwork, on recipients of Federal funds; and to increase the accountability of Federal education programmes to the President, Congress, and the public. Although the Department is a relative newcomer among Cabinet-level agencies, its roots may be traced back to 1867, when President Andrew Johnson signed legislation establishing the first Department of Education. Its primary goal was to collect data and statistics on the nation’s schools. However, because to concerns that the new Department would exert too much influence over local schools, it was reduced to an Office of Education in 1868.
The office remained relatively small over the years, functioning under several titles and housed in multiple departments, including the United States Department of the Interior and the old United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (now Health and Human Services). Political and societal changes resulted in increased federal support for education beginning in the 1950s. The successful launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik satellite in 1957 sparked widespread alarm, leading to increased funding for science education initiatives. In the 1960s, federal education spending was expanded even further: President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” advocated for the establishment of numerous programmes to enhance education for impoverished students at all levels, from early childhood to postsecondary. This growth continued in the 1970s, with national attempts to provide equitable access to education for racial minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and non-English speaking students. The Department of Education Organization Act was passed by Congress in October 1979. (Public Law 96-88). The Department, which was formed by integrating offices from multiple federal agencies, commenced operations in May 1980.
In the 1860s, education research was handled with a $15,000 budget and four personnel. By 1965, the Office of Education had over 2,100 workers and a $1.5 billion budget. The Department has roughly 4,300 workers and a budget of about $60 billion as of mid-2010.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): US Government
Scholarship Country: United States
Scholarship Worth: Fully Funded
Study Level: Postgraduate
Nationality: International Students
The grant pays for the grantee’s round-trip airfare to the United States, as well as a settling-in allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, health insurance, and tuition scholarship for their coursework. Prior to beginning their programme, participants will be required to attend a Fulbright FLTA Summer Orientation in the United States. Fellows are also invited to attend a special Fulbright enrichment seminar and conference for professional development and networking opportunities throughout the FLTA programme.
Eligibility for Scholarship
To be eligible for this programme, you must meet the following requirements:
- Applicants must be Nigerian citizens or nationals, or permanent residents with a valid passport issued by the Nigerian government. He or she must be a resident of the country at the time of application. Applicants must be bachelor’s degree holders in English, Education, Linguistics, Yoruba, Hausa, and Languages.
- Applicants must be English, Yoruba, or Hausa instructors in Nigerian secondary schools, colleges, or universities. Years of proven teaching experience are required.
- Applicants must have their employer’s approval. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and a high level of English proficiency, as indicated by a minimum score of 90 on the Internet-Based TOEFL test.
- Applicants must have at least one credit in Yoruba in WAEC/NECO. Applicants must be well-versed in Yoruba or Hausa culture and current events in Nigeria. They must have a genuine desire to teach Hausa or Yoruba language and culture to pupils in the United States.
- Applicants must have strong leadership abilities and the capacity to emphatically motivate pupils. Applicants must clearly display maturity, reliability, creativity, professionalism, flexibility, and a desire to learn.
- Applicants must be prepared to become cultural ambassadors who like meeting new people and participating in community events and university activities.
- Applicants must be highly motivated and committed to complete the programme on time and returning home.
- The FLTA programme looks for applicants who have developed a sense of personal integrity and are creative thinkers. Applicants who are caught plagiarising in their applications will be disqualified.
The Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA) for Nigerians at US Mission Nigeria 2022 (USA) is open to all Nigerian Students
Are you interested and qualified? To apply, go to application.iie.org and search for US Government.
- Log in to the website, enter an e-mail address, and establish a password. Please keep this password in mind as it will be required throughout the application process.
- Applicants are strongly recommended to carefully read the guidelines that accompany the application.
- All applicants must thoroughly fill out the application forms and upload their supporting documents online (3 letters of references, Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and writing samples.)
- Essays should highlight programme goals as well as future plans for teaching English in Nigeria.
The application deadline for Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA) for Nigerians at US Mission Nigeria 2022 (USA) is June 1, 2022