2 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length9 Months
In line with Mission priorities and in support of the Government of Albania's educational reforms to introduce English at a very young age, the US Embassy considers the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program as an important tool to develop and strengthen English language instruction at Albanian elementary schools by establishing a native-speaker presence to provide part-time assistance for 16 teaching hours per week to permanent teaching staff. English Teaching Assistants work to improve students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States' culture, and also help teachers integrate language teaching with cultural education. At the same time, they are integrated in the host community and gain from intensive cross-cultural interaction. Each host institution will tailor the assistantship to its language teaching needs and the grantee’s background, academic interests, and abilities, and will place the ETA under the supervision of a teacher-tutor.
Grants will begin in September 2024 with an end date in June 2025. Please note that the academic year for the K-12 education system starts in mid-September and runs through mid June. However, exact dates are announced by the Ministry of Education in July of the same calendar year.
All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant. The event is organized by IIE, virtual or in-person.
Public Affairs Section Tirana (aka Post) will join the Fulbright EUR Pre-Departure Orientation to provide information to grantees prior to their arrival in the country, and also organize the in-country orientation including security and medical briefings upon grantees' arrival in the country.
Graduating seniors, recent graduates, and Master’s degree candidates/graduates are eligible who are willing to assist local English teachers (as co-teachers) mainly in elementary schools. Candidates must be fluent English-speakers and need to be adaptable, flexible, independent, and enjoy working with young students. Teaching experience or experience working with young students is preferred, but not required.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
Post will facilitate ETA placements at host institutions prior to grantees' arrival.
Foreign Language Proficiency
ETAs will be assigned to elementary schools in small towns outside the capital. Post expects target students to have little or no exposure to English language. As a result, some study of Albanian prior to arrival is encouraged to facilitate basic communication with the students and to promote deeper engagement with the host community.
- Elementary School
- Middle School
ETAs will be placed at K-9 or K-12 schools with primary responsibilities focusing on young learners, grades 1-3. ETAs will work with English language teachers teaching at this level. As native speakers, ETAs will be assisting teachers develop speaking and listening skills for the young learners through interactive ways.
English language classes are taught twice a week, with each session for 45 minutes long. Each class may have 20-30 students. The ETA will potentially be scheduled to visit more than one location on a regular basis for a total of 16 hours/week. This will require close cooperation and good planning with the English language teacher or teachers at school.
- Regional City
Potential regional cities for ETA placements are: Mat (Burrel), Lushnje, provided clearance by the local Ministry of Education is received.
Post would like to have ETAs engage in different programs and/or projects funded by ECA and Post such as the Access Program and Post-funded English Projects, or initiate activities that promote English language teaching and American culture like English language club, presentations for the English Language Teachers Networks, etc.
Access Program - The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) is a global program supported by the U.S. Department of State. Access provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13–20-year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions. U.S. Embassy Albania is implementing an Access program for the first time for 25 middle school students from villages nearby Tirana. We plan to submit the proposal for the next round, targeting the same age group of students from a small town outside the capital. In addition to the English enhancement component of the program, one key element of the Access Program is to familiarize students with important features of U.S. culture and values. An ETA working with the Access Program (as available in their host city) will be a great resource as a native speaker and engage students in activities related to U.S. culture and values as well as summer camps.
Post-funded Projects – Pending the availability of funds, Post opens the call for local organizations to provide English language opportunities to students outside the capital. With FY21 funds, over 130 students ages 12-17 in Tropoje, Permet, Burrel and Ndroq Village are currently participating in the program developing their English language skills and engaging in hands-on interactive opportunities that include at least one U.S. cultural component.
All these programs are aimed at giving these participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.
English Language Clubs – These are not very common practices in the Albanian schools and universities. However, when they are initiated by an English Teaching Assistant, U.S. Fulbright Student or Scholar they are well attended and have proved to be very beneficial to the participants and creating a new model in the Albanian schools. Clubs may be hosted both at schools or local libraries.
English Language Teachers Networks – are formats or platforms for English language professional development at the local level (regional, town) that bring together teachers of the respective education division. Teachers meet once a month and discuss or train on a topic of interest and share and learn from each other. English language teachers would greatly benefit from an ETA on topics such as how to write an application, presentation skills, etc.
The host institution will not provide housing but host institution and/or Post will assist grantees in locating nearby and appropriate housing. Post staff has experience working with real estate companies and host institutions to help identify housing in centrally located places and that are easily accessible for grantees.
Dependents may accompany grantees. U.S. citizens are not required to have a visa to travel to Albania. Requirements for a residency permit may change in the future and Post staff can support the grantees in every step of the application process.