The University of Iowa

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants share languages and cultures on UI campus

September 7th, 2011

See a poster of the FLTAs

Four Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) have arrived at the University of Iowa where they will spend the next year teaching Turkish, Portuguese, Hindi and Arabic. This year’s FLTAs are Zuhal Kasmer from Turkey, Clarissa Silva from Brazil, Sami Khan from India, and Othman Al Harrasi from Oman.

The teaching assistants will serve as cultural ambassadors for their home countries through presentations, classroom visits and other community events. They will also take two courses per semester as non-degree students during their year at the UI.

The FLTA program is aimed at strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities and is a natural complement to UI International Programs’ Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE) program and Autonomous Language Learning Network (ALLNet).

Support for the FLTAs comes from the Fulbright Program in the U.S. Department of State, International Programs and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). FLTA supervisors at the UI are Maria Jose Barbosa (Portuguese), Anna Kolesnikova (Turkish), Philip Lutgendorf (Hindi) and Roland Racevskis (Arabic), all faculty in CLAS.

For more information, contact Elena Osinsky, International Programs’ Language Initiatives manager, at 319-335-2825 or