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English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Grant Period

9 Months

The academic year begins in October and ends in June. A mandatory in-country group orientation will be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2019.

Candidate Profile

Graduating seniors or graduate students with an undergraduate degree in English or education who are considering careers in English, education, or TEFL/applied linguistics and who have experience teaching or tutoring will be considered. Other fields will be considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: Two years (or its equivalent) of college-level study of French prior to commencing the grant is recommended, but not required.

Placement Type

Secondary School

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Placement will be made by the U. S. Embassy at the university (undergraduate or graduate) or high school level in Benin, or at local teacher-training institutions. Mr. Cyrille Vito, the academic advisor at the Embassy, can assist applicants with English teaching-related questions.

Nature of Assignment

ETAs will work approximately 20 hours per week assisting professors in their classrooms, plus requisite class preparation time and school-related activities. At the host institution, ETAs will help with research, lesson plans, and course presentation to improve the English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills of students for whom English is a second language, with a focus on spoken English.  ETAs may also assist with English for Specific Purposes, curriculum design, training academic and administrative staff, information technology and school-related activities including English clubs.

Responsibilities may also include working with U.S. Embassy programs such as the American Corners, the Information Resource Center, the Access program, webinars, and conferences.

ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but may be asked to be responsible for teaching entire courses.  

Housing

The U.S. Embassy will work with host institutions to help ETAs identify and secure housing.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://bj.usembassy.gov

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Laurent Akpo