English Teaching Assistant Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodOctober Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Benin aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Benin.
The academic year begins in October 2023 and ends in June 2024.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2023.
A mandatory in-country group orientation will be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou.
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
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Two years (or its equivalent) of college-level study of French prior to commencing the grant is recommended, but not required.
- 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.
- Regional City
The U.S. Embassy will provide support to ETAs in identifying and securing housing.
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.