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Inspiring foreign language teaching assistants.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in December sponsored a conference attended by 440 foreign language teaching assistants (FLTA) from 51 countries, and representing 32 different languages. The FLTA Program, a component of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, provides young English teachers the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of U.S. culture and customs while strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities.

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Assistant Secretary Ann Stock's participation was a highlight of the 2011 Fulbright FLTA Mid-Year Conference in Washington, D.C. Her speech recognized FLTAs' contributions at U.S. colleges and universities, and encouraged participants to capitalize on their time in the United States. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Chair-elect Tom Healy also spoke.

Other highlights included a poster session with approximately 30 exhibits spotlighting participants' cultures and their experiences in the United States. The conference included interactive presentations by ECA's Office of Alumni Affairs and Office of English Language Programs, and a luncheon with Department staff, including representatives of ECA and the regional bureaus. A talent show featured 13 performances by the participants, and 10 FLTAs representing each region of the world visited Capitol Hill.
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Title Annotation:In the News
Publication:State Magazine
Article Type:Conference notes
Date:Mar 1, 2012
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