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. Romance and Classical Studies has also often hosted an FLTA many years 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 or the FLTA Mentor, Rajiv Ranjan.



2019 - 2020 Fulbright FLTAs at Michigan State University




Ms. Sarah Tawfik Abdelrahman, Egypt/Arabic

Ms. Sarah AbdelRahman earned her BA in English language and its literature from Cairo University Art College (English Department.) Currently She is working on her MA which focuses on enhancing the reading comprehension skills for Egyptians EFL learners. She is an English instructor for both children and adults. She has a great interest in learning and teaching languages as she believes it is the best way to connect people all over the world. She volunteers to teach English for children and participates in many events related to teaching English as a second language. She also loves reading English literature.


Mr. Olamide Eniola, Nigeria/Yoruba

Mr. Olamide Eniola is a graduate of English from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He graduated from his undergraduate studies in 2014 top of his class. During his M.A. program, he worked as a research/teaching assistant to his supervisor. With his wealth of teaching experience, he understands that learning takes place when teaching is student-oriented. Recently, Mr. Olamide added to his teaching prowess an exhibition of his flair for writing in a national print media, where he writes human-angle stories. During his leisure, he reads, writes, and watches/plays soccer. 


Mr. Mohd Raghibul Haque, India/Urdu

Mr. Mohd Raghibul Haque graduated from MumtazPost Graduate College Lucknow in English, Urdu and Arab Culture. While there, he won several awards including Best Anchor of the Year and the Shujaat Ali Sandilvi award for serving Urdu throughout his school and college life. Later he moved to the University of Lucknow for his master’s degree in English literature.  For the past several years, he has been teaching English language and literature to various Indian academic and non-academic students as well as to the aspirants of the prestigious competitive exams such as SSC and CLAT. He also worked as an editor of an Urdu monthly magazine “Al-Shabab”. Being passionate about Urdu poetry since childhood, he has composed some original Urdu poems, which have been published in several leading Urdu magazines and newspapers.



Mr. Tung Hoang, Vietnam/Vietnamese

Mr. Tung Hoang has been an English instructor since graduating from university in 2015, majoring in Business English. With a particular interest in youth development and self-discovery, he is an avid participant in community activities and projects for students and young adults. His dream is to establish a center for self-development, where young individuals can come to discover their talents through linguistic, artistic and scientific activities. Open-minded and adventurous, he enjoys exploring and learning new knowledge and skills. Reading, singing and jogging are his favorite hobbies.


Ms. Jou-Chun "Laila" Lai, Taiwan/Chinese

Ms. Jou-Chun “Laila” Lai completed her BA and MA in Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University (NTU). She is an English, math and technology teacher in remote junior high school in Taiwan. She was afraid of and disliked English when she was young.  But after having a gap year, learning Spanish in Guatemala, and traveling around the world, she changed her mind about language learning. She loves nature, aboriginal culture and lots of outdoor activities. Her motto is "Your temperament is made in the books you have read and the roads you have traveled.”


Mr. Happygod Macha, Tanzania/Swahili

Mr. Happygod Godson has been Teaching English Language in Tanzania since 2012, He holds a Bachelor Degree in Education Languages and Management from Mzumbe University, a Diploma in secondary education from Dakawa teacher’s college. He also completed numerous certificates including online training for EFL educators, teaching English to pre-teen and Teens (TEPT), E-teacher professional development workshops from University of Oregon, and CBI from American English-FHI.  He is currently working with TELTA as a Communication and information officer and a member of executive committee, and he has also been co-organizing and facilitating ELT workshops for Tanzanian and African teachers.


Ms. Meltem Ozgul, Turkey/Turkish

Ms. Meltem Özgül studied English Language Teaching at Yeditepe University. She has been teaching English for four years. She also has certificate of teaching Turkish as a foreign language. She enjoys learning new languages and cultures. She is interested in nature and a more sustainable lifestyle.



Ms. Gulchekhra Rakhimova, Uzbekistan/Uzbek

Ms. Gulchekhra Rakhimova earned her BA in Philology (English) and her MA in Linguistics (English) from Uzbekistan State World Languages University. She has been teaching English for three years. In 2016 she was awarded the Best Teacher of the Year among the school teachers in Uzbekistan and received two weeks of study in INTO Glasgow Caledonian University for professional development. She is interested in history, culture of different nations, music and teaching.

 DSC09849.jpg   Ms. Maria Velichko, Russia/Russian

Ms. Maria Velichko graduated from Magnitogorsk State University, majoring in Linguistics, Translation and Interpretation. She then completed her post-graduate studies in the Theory of Language (Germanic languages) and started working as an Assistant Professor and later as a Senior Lecturer at the department of Translation and Interpretation. She considers teaching as one of the most important occupations whose value should not be underestimated. Being a teacher, she has deeply realized the power of knowledge, being a tutor of student groups, she has understood the importance of encouragement and empowerment, and working as an interpreter she can clearly see the significance of communication and interrelations between different nations and cultures. She is interested in literature, different cultures, art, fashion history, music, photography and always looking for the things that can inspire her.


 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.