Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Fulbright FLTA Program

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

The FLTA program brings teaching associates from around the world to U.S. colleges and universitites to study and to teach foreign languages, assist in language language instruction, and serve as cultural ambassadors on campus. 

The Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African languages has hosted 5-12 FLTAs per year since 2008. For more information about the program, or to ask how the FLTAs may participate in local events, please contact the FLTA Coordinator, Danielle Steider.



2017/2018 Fulbright FLTAs at Michigan State University




Ms. Valentina Afanaseva, Russia/Russian

Ms. Afanaseva received her Bachelor’s degree at Transbaikal State University in 2012 and started working as a teacher of English at secondary and high school (children, aged 10-17), simultaneously studying for the Master’s degree. She received her Master’s degree in Philology in 2014. She believes a teacher should be versatile and open-minded to be able to give students as much knowledge (not only of the subject, but of the world and life) as possible.


Mr. Volkan Alkin, Turkey/Turkish

Mr. Alkin received his bachelor degree in English Language Teaching at Gazi University. He has been an English instructor at Istanbul Technical University for 6 years now. He also taught both English and Turkish in the Netherlands as a Comenius Language assistant. He is interested in the use of technology and language games in ELT classes.


 DSC03681.jpg   Mr. Charlie Ladrona, Philipines/Tagalog

Mr. Ladrona received his BA in Secondary Education from the Philippine Normal University – Mindanao in 2012 and graduated Cum Ladue.  He took his MA in English Language Teaching at the Philippine Normal University – Mindanao in April 2017. He is a Secondary School Teacher at Agusan del Sur National High School (a public school) at San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, Philippines, where he handles English subjects and creative writing classes. His ultimate dream is to give continuously positive contributions in the field of education by staying open-minded, innovative, passionate and down-to-earth.


Ms. Ajoke Laseinde, Nigeria/Yoruba

Ms. Laseinde received her BA. Ed (English) from the Faculty of Education in Obafemi  Awolowo University, ILE-IFE. Her prior experience includes teaching English as a second language at Oranmiyan Memorial Grammar School in Ile-Ife and Anglican Grammar School in Ilorin and also volunteering to teach adult learners The Art of Public Speaking at e-SAP Foundations in Ile-Ife. Her research interest lies in Adult Education and policy reformation. She is interested in making Educational programs more responsive to the needs of the learners and the society.



Mr. Abdul "Muta" Mutashobya, Tanzania/Swahili

Mr. Mutashobya received his BA in Education (English and Swahili) from University of Dar es Salaam. He has taught English as a second language at Ubungo Islamic High School in Tanzania for the past two years. He is also a teacher trainer at Tanzania English Language Teachers Association (TELTA)



Mr. Mounir Rafik, Morocco/Arabic

Mr. Rafik received his MA in Cultural Animation and Artistic Creativity from Mohammed V University in Rabat. He also received a BA in Language and Pedagogy; English Studies. He teaches English as a foreign language in Rabat and private schools. His research interest lies in Arts and Education.


 DSC03687.jpg   Ms. Diep Trinh, Vietnam/Vietnamese

Ms. Trinh has been a teacher of English at British International School and at Newton Grammar School  in Hanoi for five years. She is also a co-founder of an educational company in Hanoi. She received her BA in TESOL at Vietnam National University, Hanoi  and her MA in TEFL at Southern New Hampshire University Vietnam. Her research interests are teaching English as a second language and educational management. Upon her return to Vietnam, she plans to build up a bilingual kindergarten for children in Hanoi.

 About the Fulbright Program

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The program’s primary source of funding is an annual appropriation by Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments, universities, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support. Since 2001, more than 4,000 awardees have been Fulbright FLTAs. 

Fulbright FLTA recipients are among more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Institute of International Education administers the Fulbright FLTA Program.