UVU Welcome Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants from China and Russia
October 5, 2009
For Immediate Release
For more information: Danny Damron (801) 863-8703, Doug Jensen (801) 863-7162
University Marketing & Communications: Erin Spurgeon, (801) 863-6807
Written by: Leanna Escobar (801) 863-8342
Utah Valley University this week welcomes Yucui Wang from China and Maria M. Gorshkova from Russia to assist the UVU Department of Languages as teaching assistants under the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program.
“We are excited to have the Chinese and Russian FLTAs for the 2009-2010 school year,” said Danny Damron, director of the UVU International Center. “We want to help provide Chinese and Russian language courses that contribute to the University’s mission of preparing globally competent citizens.”
The Fulbright FLTA Program is a federally funded program that brings teaching assistants in 33 languages from nearly 50 countries around the world to U.S. colleges and universities. Those awarded are sent here to teach and assist in foreign language instruction, to study U.S. history and culture, and to serve as cultural ambassadors for their countries on their respective assigned campuses.
“Ideally, we would be able to send our students to Russia and China to give them an immersion experience,” said Doug Jensen, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Languages. “Because that is not feasible, having the FLTAs work closely with them is the next best thing. The FLTAs also benefit, of course, from their interaction with UVU students, faculty and staff, and the experience of living and working in the U.S. Our department is really privileged to be able to host FLTAs and we hope to be able to receive even more in the future.”
UVU first received a Chinese language FLTA when Dr. Boyd Bauer, then director of the International Center, worked with UVU Chinese Professor Trudy Owens to apply to the Fulbright program as a host institution. This is the second year that UVU has been awarded a Russian language FLTA and the fifth year that it has received a Chinese language FLTA.
For more information about Fulbright at UVU, visit the International Center’s Web page at http://www.uvu.edu/international/engage/fulbright.html.