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.



2016/2017 Fulbright FLTAs at Michigan State University


Ms. Rofiat Bello, Yoruba, Nigeria

Rofiat Bello received her MA in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, ILE-IFE. She has taught English as a second language at Government Technical College in Onitsha, and Edify Private School in Lagos. Her research interest lies in intercultural communication and gender relations in language use.


Ms. Helen Betonio, Tagalog, Philippines

Helen R. Betonio is a faculty member of the Department of English at Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology back in her home country, Philippines. After her FLTA stint in MSU, she is very enthusiastic to share and apply the knowledge and experiences she will have gained from all her excellent academic exposure here in MSU. 


Ms. Asmaha Heddi, Swahili, Tanzania

Asmaha Heddi is a graduate from the University of Dar es Salaam (Bachelor of Arts with Education in English & Swahili). Her prior experience includes teaching in Tanzanian Secondary Schools and Theatre activities with the artists from USA under the International Theatre and Literacy Project (ITLP).


Ms. Huyen Pham, Vietnamese, Vietnam

Ms. Huyen Pham has been a lecturer of English at Thaibinh University of Medicine and Pharmacy for 12 years and she also taught English in Hanoi. She received her Bachelor in English and her Master in Applied Linguistics at Hanoi University. Her research interests are teaching English for children and students at medical universities in Vietnam. She is interested in exploring and applying different English teaching methods in her English classes.


Mr. Cheikh Sneibe, Arabic, Mauritania

Mr. Cheikh Sneibe received his BA from the Translation Department, Nouakchott University. He has been teaching English as a Foreign Language in Toumbyali High School in Mauritania, and been a translator for various companies.


Ms. Sofiia Starastina, Russian, Russia

Ms. Sofiia Starostina received her bachelor degree in Linguistics at Saint Petersburg State University majoring in cross-cultural communication and teaching English as a foreign language. In Saint Petersburg she teaches English as a foreign language to adult learners and children. In the United States she is learning about American culture and upon her return to Russia plans to design a cultural linguistic course “Understanding America.”


Mr. Metin Torlak, Turkish, Turkey

Mr. Metin Torlak is currently in his Master’s program in Teaching Turkish to Children Living Abroad at Gazi University. He has been teaching at Ankara University for three years. He has also taught at Turkish at Research and Application Center of Turkish and Foreign Languages (TOMER). His ongoing teaching interests are English as a Foreign Language and Distance Education in foreign languages.


Ms. Hao "Rain" Wang, Chinese, China

Hao Wang received her M.A. Science in Education (English Education) at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  She is a lecturer teaching English in North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, China. She has been teaching English major students Advanced English Reading Course, English Phonetics, and Survey of English-speaking Countries. Her research interests include English as a Foreign Language and intercultural communication.

 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.