Call for Applications for Host Institutions: The 2018-2019 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program

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January 5, 2018
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Mongolia

Call for Applications for Host Institutions

The 2018-2019 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program

The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar is now accepting applications from accredited universities, university departments, and vocational schools (host institutes) for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Fulbright ETA Program is sponsored and managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright ETA Program aims:

  • To strengthen English language instruction, while providing cultural insights;
  • To provide opportunities for personal and career development and international experience; and
  • To enhance cross-cultural communication opportunities by providing a native speaker presence in local classrooms.

Fulbright ETAs are young and motivated recent university graduates who are willing to serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States and help with English language instruction. Their responsibilities include:

  • Co-planning and co-teaching up to 20 hours of speaking and listening classroom activities per week to intermediate or above English level students;
  • Dedicating up to 10 hours of class preparation with the co-teacher per week;
  • Conducting up to 8 hours of extra-curricular English activities, such as a conversation club;
  • Serving as a U.S. cultural resource for the host institution and for the community; and
  • Giving presentations on topics related to the U.S.

Fulbright ETAs are not experienced teachers and should not be asked to design curricula, evaluate and grade coursework, or take over teaching a full course without the participation of a Mongolian teacher. ETAs are exchange participants on a stipend, not employees of the host institution. Therefore, while they are serving as co-teachers in the classroom, they are also eager to learn from host institutions about teaching methodology and other aspects of professional teaching.

The Fulbright ETA is a joint program of the U.S. Embassy and the host institute (HI). The program cost-shares the expenses related to the ETA’s round-trip transportation to Mongolia, health insurance, monthly stipend, and pre-departure and in-country orientation. HIs are to cost-share the ETA’s lodging, Mongolian visa and permit related costs, and other program related costs in funds or in-kind contributions. In addition to managing the cost-share expenses related above, an HI’s responsibilities include:

  • Designating the ETA’s mentor and co-teacher/s to participate in a month-long cultural and methodology orientation for ETAs in August 2018. This includes:
    • Attending the orientation meeting;
    • Giving a presentation about the school;
    • Taking the ETA to the institution to introduce to him/her to the school, faculty ,and housing;
    • Sending 3-4 faculty members to attend a 7-day English teaching methodology training.
  • Providing the ETA a clear and finalized teaching schedule no later than September 14, 2018;
  • Assigning a full-time co-teacher to teach with and assist the ETA in classroom and in other matters relating to ETA’s teaching duties;
  • Assigning a staff or faculty member to supervise/mentor the ETA and assist the ETA in living environment;
  • Assigning an international/foreign relations officer to assist in visa and residency related requirements:
    • June-July: Acquiring a teaching/work permit (Ministry Education and Labor Office) and visa permit (Immigration Officer)
    • July-August: Registering the ETA at the Immigration Office and acquire a residency permit
    • November-December: Extending the residency permit
    • June-July: Assisting the ETA with terminating the residency permit

Note: As ETAs are teaching assistants, they’re required to enter Mongolia on an HG visa.

  • Providing a minimum of two hours of Mongolian language classes per week to the ETA throughout the program year;
  • Providing an ETA with a housing and work place; and
  • Upon conclusion of each semester, drafting a feedback report to the Embassy with a brief description of the classes and activities in which he/she participated, and an evaluation of the ETA’s performance with suggested areas for improvement.

To be eligible to host an ETA, host institutions must:

  • Be an accredited Mongolian university or vocational school;
  • Have students with intermediate or above level English abilities; and
  • Demonstrate a need for an ETA as well as the willingness to work cooperatively with and house an ETA.

Applying institutions should also mention any other foreign instructors that they have hosted in the past, as well as those instructors’ countries of origin, years at the school, and/or program through which they served at the school if applicable (e.g. VSO, Peace Corps, KOICA, etc.).

Application results will be announced in mid-February 2018, and all applicants will be notified via email. Successful institutions will be required sign an official contract with the Embassy once eligibility to host an ETA has been confirmed.

Complete applications must be submitted to exchange@usembassy.mn by no later than 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018.

No inquiries about this program will be answered by telephone.  Please direct all questions to exchange@usembassy.mn.