By Lukman Omikunle
The grant covers the grantee’s round trip airfare to the U.S., a settling-in allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, health insurance…
The United States Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria has announced that the services of Yoruba and Hausa teachers are required to teach the languages and cultures of the two tribes in the United States.
The Public Affairs Section of the US Mission in Nigeria made the announcement on its website.
The US Mission stated that applications from qualified Nigerians wishing to teach Yoruba or Hausa languages and cultures to American students in US universities and colleges opened February 1 and will end on June 1 adding that the applications are being requested under the mission’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Programme (FLTA).
According to the Mission, the FLTA programme is designed to offer young foreign teachers an opportunity to teach Yoruba language and culture to American students in universities and colleges.
The programme also gives an opportunity for participants to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States by engaging in non-degree studies while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at US colleges and universities.
Along with their studies, participants teach language courses, supervise language labs and lead language table discussions.
They may also act as resource persons in conversation groups, cultural representatives, attendants in language laboratories, coordinators of extra-curricular activities, guest speakers in civilization courses, head of language clubs, houses, tables and much more.
Stating the grant benefit, the Mission said “The grant covers the grantee’s round trip airfare to the U.S., a settling-in allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, health insurance, and tuition scholarship for their coursework.
“Provisions will be made for participants to attend a Fulbright FLTA Summer Orientation in the United States prior to beginning their program. During the FLTA program, fellows are also invited to participate in special Fulbright enrichment seminar and conference for professional development and networking opportunity.”
It, however, noted that the grant does not cover travel of family members; hence grantees will not be allowed to travel with spouse and children or relatives to the United States even at their own expense.