FLTA Orientation 2011 - Presenter Information

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FLTA Orientation – Presenter Information :

FLTA Orientation – Presenter Information Danielle Steider, Angelika Kraemer, and Anne Baker

Overview:

What is the FLTA Program? Who are the FLTAs? Where are they going and what will they do? What is the orientation? Goals of the orientation Orientation schedule and descriptions Other important information Overview

What is the FLTA Program? :

The Fulbright FLTA Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) Began its current form in 2001 What is the FLTA Program?

FLTA Program, cont.:

The Fulbright FLTA Program is a one-year exchange program The FLTAs teach their language/share their culture at the host institution (10-20 hrs/wk required) In exchange, they take (either by audit or for credit) 2-4 non-degree courses per semester (and receive room/board and a small stipend) FLTA Program, cont.

FLTA Program, cont.:

Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages has hosted 5 FLTAs in 2008/2009 (FCI hosted 1) 12 FLTAs in 2009/2010 (S&P hosted 1) 9 FLTAs for 2010/2011 6 FLTAs for 2011/2012 (RCS hosted 1) Lower number due to various factors (trouble in one country, not enough applicants in another, not enough budget in another, the need to spread FLTAs across the US etc.) FLTA Program, cont.

Who are the FLTAs?:

Almost all are new English as a foreign/second language teachers in their countries (but their education/training varies) Most have some teaching or teaching assistant experience (but the experience varies) This group: average of 2 years (range 0-5 years) Some elementary experience, but most at the secondary or post-secondary level The FLTA age-range at time of application is 21-29 Who are the FLTAs?

The FLTAs, cont.:

FLTAs in general come from 45 countries to teach 32 languages in all states in the US For this orientation: They are coming from 23 countries to teach 15 languages FLTA TOEFL scores vary greatly (in our applications they ranged from 36 to 97) The FLTAs, cont.

The FLTAs, cont.:

FLTAs have varying degrees of knowledge of US culture They generally have very limited knowledge of the subtleties of US academic culture Most have never traveled to the US before, many have never traveled outside of their home country The FLTAs , cont.

The FLTAs, cont.:

FLTAs are in a unique (and sometimes difficult) situation in the US and at their host institution FLTAs must always be referred to as ‘FLTAs’ The FLTAs , cont.

FLTAs are NOT…:

FLTAs are NOT in the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, which brings in international students for graduate study or any of the many Fulbright Visiting Scholar Programs, which brings in international scholars and professionals in joint collaborative opportunities with American scholars FLTAs are NOT teaching assistants (and cannot be referred to as such) FLTAs are NOT faculty (and cannot be referred to as such) FLTAs are NOT students (and cannot be referred to as such) FLTAs are NOT…

Where are they going?:

Small Private and Public Liberal Arts Colleges Large Private and Public Universities Community Colleges K-12 Public Schools (not as common) Where are they going?

Where are they going? cont.:

Some urban, some suburban, some rural areas Some excellent, some mediocre, some low support systems in place Where are they going? cont.

What will they do there?:

Teach, team-teach, or assist in teaching language classes Participate in extracurricular activities such as leading conversation groups, participating in community social events/lectures, working in language laboratories etc. Initiate activities for students and the university/ college community using the language being taught in a friendly, outgoing, and flexible manner Involved in being a cultural ambassador What will they do there?

What is the orientation?:

All FLTAs are required to attend one of the eight summer orientations before they are sent to their host institutions This will be the second time for MSU to host this orientation What is the orientation?

Goals of the orientation:

Help prepare FLTAs for the anticipated challenges of entering a new academic system as a teacher and a student Give them an introduction to the latest best practices in the field of language instruction Expose them to student life and US social values Help them begin to adjust to the new time schedule of the US Help them establish an FLTA network with their peers Goals of the orientation

Orientation schedule and descriptions:

The sessions topics are all required by IIE/Fulbright We recognize there is a lot to cover in the time frame allowed In order to avoid any duplication, we ask that you review the topics of the other presentations Presenters are asked to allow their presentation to be posted to the website before the orientation (we have a legally blind FLTA this year) It is IIE/Fulbright’s experience that the more we can actively involve the FLTAs in the sessions, the more we can fight the effects of jet lag and sensory overload Orientation schedule and descriptions

Other important information:

The FLTAs are very excited to be here They are also often very nervous, jet-lagged, and culture-shocked (in addition, the orientation takes place during Ramadan, which will affect some of our attendees) The orientation makes a lasting impression on the FLTAs: it sets the tone and the FLTAs talk about it for the rest of the year Other important information

Misc…:

We are going to have some student workers around to help lead groups to where they’re going At least one of the coordinators will be available at all times throughout the week We invite you all to attend lunch on the day of your presentation On Monday night and Tuesday night, the participants are to find dinner on their own – You are welcome to join/lead a group to a local restaurant Misc…

Thank you again!:

Contact information Danielle Steider, steider@msu.edu , 355-5105 Angelika Kraemer, kraemera@msu.edu , 884-1511 Anne Baker, amb@msu.edu , 432-1324 Alicia Rice, riceal@msu.edu , 432-3941 Thank you again!

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