8 English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length10 Months
The Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange (JACEE) plans to award approximately eight English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grants to students for the 2024-2025 academic year. The objective of this grant category is to develop cultural and educational ties between Jordan and the U.S. One of this award’s main purposes is to help support and develop English language teaching in Jordanian educational institutions. Teaching in Jordan can be very rewarding for any ETA who appreciates cultural diversity and adventure. JACEE awards are granted on the basis of academic excellence, the leadership promise of the applicant, and the potential of the proposed visit to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Jordan.
ETA awards are offered for 10 months only; no adjustments. The academic year starts in September 2024 and ends June 2025. Schools and universities have two semesters: September to December and February through June. There are two breaks throughout the year: winter break (five weeks) and spring break (two weeks). Fulbright ETAs will be required to participate in a mandatory one-week in-country orientation program and a special ETA workshop tentatively scheduled for beginning of September 2024. Working days in Jordan are Sunday to Thursday and weekends are Fridays and Saturdays.
The Commission will hold a virtual Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in June 2024. The in-country orientation will be held during the first week of September 2024 when all ETAs arrive in Jordan to start their grants. ETAs will also receive an ETA workshop as part of their in-country orientation.
Preference will be given to applicants who hold a degree in TESOL/TEFL, Applied Linguistics, or Education. The potential ETA applicant must have at least two years’ teaching experience in a classroom at any grade level and teaching any subject (not necessarily English). Working as a TA or a core teacher is considered classroom experience. This experience can be part-time, full-time, or volunteer teaching. The two years of experience does not have to be continuous but must total two years. Tutoring does not count as classroom teaching experience.
Candidates should be articulate individuals with the skills and motivation needed to assist teaching the English language and American culture to Jordanian university or secondary school students. Candidates should also be well-rounded, mature, resourceful, and flexible, and demonstrate the initiative, leadership and confidence required to assist in teaching English in a foreign setting.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Successful applicants must be native English speakers and have previous study, work or travel experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Although intermediate Arabic proficiency is not required, it is recommended for day-to-day use as Arabic is the language of the country.
Critical Language Enhancement Award
This grant category offers a partial Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA). The award includes modified language benefits (part-time and limited Arabic language study opportunities organized by JACEE) during their 10-month ETA assignment in Jordan. Each ETA will be offered three sessions (Fall, Winter and Spring) of colloquial (‘amiyya) Arabic in the late afternoons (twice a week) at the Qasid Institute and limited funding for private and independent Arabic language tutoring during the course of the 10-month grant assignment. This part-time and limited Arabic language benefit should not conflict with the assigned teaching responsibilities throughout the ETA grant period.
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- Secondary School
- University/Post-Secondary Institution
- Capital City
An ETA may choose to work on a supplementary project in addition to their main teaching assignment. Any supplementary project should be a topic that is related to Jordan (Jordan-specific). A good example is to offer talks on any volunteer work done at local organizations.
This, however, is not mandatory. An ETA's main responsibility is to their teaching assignment.
JACEE will assist grantees in locating appropriate housing in approved, safe neighborhoods. Upon arrival in Amman, the Commission will book rooms for the grantees for two to three nights at a hotel close to the Commission. The costs for the hotel stay will be covered by the grantee's settling-in allowance, which will be wire transferred to the grantee in advance.
Nature of Assignment
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program aims to strengthen English language instruction at Jordanian institutions by providing 15 to 20 hours per week of assistance to middle/high school and university level students. At the same time, U.S. participants gain from intensive cross-cultural interaction and international educational opportunities.