The Public Affairs Section of the United States Mission in Nigeria is now accepting applications from competent Nigerian citizens who are interested in teaching the Hausa or Yoruba languages and cultures to students enrolled in higher education institutions in the United States.
The Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA) initiative is intended to provide opportunities for young teachers from other countries to instruct Yoruba language and culture to students studying in American institutions and colleges. The program allows participants to improve their teaching abilities, English language fluency, and knowledge of U.S. culture and traditions through non-degree courses while boosting foreign language education in U.S. colleges and universities. Becoming a participant brings a significant amount of responsibility with it. Participants also teach language classes, run language laboratories, and lead language table discussions in addition to their studies. They can also serve as cultural advocates, language lab attendants, directors of extra-curricular events, guest lecturers in civilisation classes, and more.
- The grant covers the grantee’s round trip airfare to the U.S.,
- A settling-in allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, health insurance, and tuition scholarship for their coursework.
- Provisions will be made for participants to attend a Fulbright FLTA Summer Orientation in the United States prior to beginning their program. During the FLTA program, fellows are also invited to participate in special Fulbright enrichment seminar and conference for professional development and networking opportunity.
Note: The grant does not cover travel of family members; hence grantees will not be allowed to travel with spouse and children or relatives to the United States even at their own expense.
To be qualified for this program:
- Applicants must be citizens or nationals of Nigeria, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of Nigeria. He or she must be residing in the country at the time of application
- Applicants must be graduates who have received their bachelor degrees in English language, Education, Linguistics, Yoruba, Hausa and Languages
- Applicants must be teachers of English Language or Yoruba or Hausa in Nigerian secondary schools, colleges or universities. Proven years of teaching experience are mandatory
- Applicants must have the endorsement of their employer
- Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and high level of English proficiency as demonstrated by a minimum score of 90 in the Internet Based TOEFL test.
- Applicants must have at least a credit in Yoruba language in WAEC/NECO
- Applicants must have an in-depth knowledge of Yoruba or Hausa culture and current events in Nigeria. They must have sincere interest in teaching Hausa or Yoruba language and culture to students in the U.S.
- Applicants must have leadership skills and the ability to motivate students in an emphatic manner
- Applicants must clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, creativity, professionalism, flexibility, and a willingness to learn
- Applicants must be ready to become a cultural ambassador interested in meeting people and becoming part of community events and campus activities
- Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home
- The FLTA program seeks applicants that have developed a sense of personal integrity and are original thinkers. Applicants that are found to have plagiarized in their application will be disqualified
- Application Closing Date: 1 June 2022.
How to Apply for Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program
Application and Instructions
The application and instructions can be found at https://apply.iie.org/flta2022
- Applicants should log onto the website, enter an e-mail address and create a password. Please remember this password because it will be used throughout the application process.
- Applicants are strongly advised to read the instructions preceding the application carefully.
- All applicants must fill out the application forms completely and attach their supporting documents online (3 letters of references, Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and writing samples.)
- Essays should address the program goals and include future plans of teaching English language in Nigeria.
- Hard copies of official academic transcripts should be forwarded to our office by regular mail.
- For YORUBA Please address the envelope to the Fulbright Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.
- For HAUSA Please address the envelope to the Cultural Affairs Assistant, U.S. Embassy, Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central Area, Abuja
Applicants with specific questions not addressed by the online application instructions may e-mail them to Nigeriafulbright@state.gov for Hausa and Culturallagos@state.gov for Yoruba. Click Visit the official FLTA Page for more details.