Along with the expansion of the Chinese learning market, the awards quota of the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Fulbright Program (FLTA) for Fall 2021, has been increased to 60 people.
Supported by the Department of State, the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the FLTA program aims to support language teachers in Taiwan to participate in Mandarin learning and cultural exchange in the United States. With the rising desire of understanding Asia and Chinese language, culture, political changes, and emerging markets, Mandarin learning has become a global trend. As the gateway of Asia, Taiwan is a melting pot with different cultures, including East Asian and South-East Asian. Taiwanese language teachers with solid multi-cultural knowledge have been widely welcomed at U.S. campuses. To date, 109 Chinese language teachers have joined the FLTA program. The host schools include liberal arts colleges that nurture elite leaders such as West Point Military Academy and Wittenberg University, and leading universities in each state such as Boston University, the University of Miami, and Michigan State University.
Randall Nadeau, the Executive Director of Fulbright Taiwan said, “I’m glad to see the significant increase in the number of grants this year. This will allow more Taiwanese language teachers to visit the U.S. while enhancing mutual understanding and help to improve bilateral relationships.”
The FLTA program participants will obtain teaching experience overseas while introducing Taiwan and the Mandarin language to Americans as “Culture Ambassadors”. The rise of grant numbers is an invaluable opportunity for those planning to expand their horizons in the U.S. The application will be closed on November 14, 2020; please refer to the webpage for detailed information.