FROM PHILIPPINES TO THE UNITED STATES: REFLECTIONS OF FULBRIGHT FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING ASSISTANTS


Maico Demi Aperocho, Candice Faye Kristen Lleses, Gianinna Elaine Labicane, Ryan Roi Domingo, Ma. Cristina Consuelo
College Professor , University of Mindanao,Philippines
Abstract
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) all over the world play a vital role in teaching language and promoting culture. Every year, the Fulbright Commission sends hundreds of FLTA to various academic institutions in the United States to teach their language and to raise awareness about their culture. For 2022-2023, five Filipino scholars were designated to the states of Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, and Illinois. This autoethnographic paper reflects these scholars’ journey as teachers, students, and cultural ambassadors. Presented herein are their insights on their classroom and community encounters and their overall experience with the FLTA program of the Fulbright Commission. This serves not only as a diary that future FLTA scholars can base on but also a compendium of the scholars’ lifeworld that can give the Fulbright Commission with its counterparts in the home country and even the host institutions ideas on potential program improvements in the future.
Keywords: Fulbright, Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, exchange programs, autoethnography
Journal Name :
EPRA International Journal of Research & Development (IJRD)

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Published on : 2023-02-28

Vol : 8
Issue : 2
Month : February
Year : 2023
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