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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Howard Serves as Orientation Site for Fulbright Language Teachers

WASHINGTON (August 12, 2013) – The Howard University Department of World Languages and Cultures will host 56 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) from August 13-17, 2013 for a five-day orientation program. This is the first time that a Historically Black College or University has served as an orientation site. 

The Fulbright FLTA Summer Orientation Program is designed to help prepare grantees for the anticipated challenges of entering a new academic system as a teaching assistant or principal teacher and a student. The grantees will become acquainted with the environment of a U.S. university or college campus; receive an overview of Fulbright goals and policies, an introduction to the latest best practices in the field of language instruction, exposure to student life and guidance in developing an understanding of U.S. social values.

The Fulbright FLTAs will have the opportunity during the five-day orientation to become accustomed to the new time schedule of the United States and to begin forming a Fulbright FLTA network with their peers. The 56 FLTAs represent some 23 nations and will teach 16 world languages during the academic year 2013-2014 at various colleges and universities throughout the United States upon leaving Howard University.
Howard University has hosted four FLTAs from Brazil, China, Kenya, and Tanzania in the past. James J. Davis, Ph.D., chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, is the director of the orientation program and has solicited participation and collaboration from faculty and staff across the campus.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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