Fulbright Scholars Serve as Language Teaching Assistants at Wooster

Representatives from Austria, China, France, Mexico, and Russia on campus this fall

10 September, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Five Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) are on campus this fall to assist with language education at The College of Wooster during the next nine months.

Priscila Hernandez will assist with Spanish; Ekaterina Ilina will help with Russian; Jinwen Kang will provide instruction in Chinese; Victoria Teuchtler will teach German; and Fanny Cavalon will aid with French. During their stay at Wooster, the five teaching assistants will share their language and culture with students and community members to inspire them to travel and study overseas, and to help them become better prepared to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad.

Overall, more than 400 young educators from 50 countries will travel to the United States this year through the Fulbright FLTA Program to help internationalize U.S. colleges and universities — a key goal of many institutions as they prepare students for the 21st century workforce and globalized world. Recipients of Fulbright FLTA grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. Fulbright FLTA scholarships are awarded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

 These grant recipients, along with others from East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, will contribute to U.S. students’ foreign-language acquisition in more than 30 languages at over 200 U.S. institutions. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments, universities, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. It has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists an opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and many other fields. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni from 13 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 82 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.