fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Chiung-Yao "Carolyn" Ho 何瓊瑤

Chiung-Yao "Carolyn" Ho 何瓊瑤
Carolyn Ho is a professor of English for Speakers of Other Languages and a CELTA trainer at Lone Star College-CyFair in Cypress, Texas.  As a Fulbright Scholar, she trained teachers for the ETA program in Taiwan during the 2012-2013 academic year.  In addition to TEFL and teacher training, her professional interests include international education and program administration.

A Preliminary Research Note on International Teaching Partnerships

Introduction The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program is a collaborative effort between the United States and host countries around the world.  Bringing together young U.S. citizens with experienced English teachers in the host country, it provides enriched English language instruction to students in elementary, junior high, and senior high schools.  In Taiwan, the ETA program was introduced in 2004 when a group of ETAs were sent to Yilan County to participate in a co-teaching program with local elementary school teachers.  Since then, several counties have begun to participate in the ETA program, including Kaohsiung, Kinmen, Taichung, and Taitung, adopting the co-teaching model in selected schools. As the mission of Fulbright is to promote international understanding, cross-cultural and binational partnerships such as the Fulbright ETA program give participants and stakeholders a unique perspective on intercultural understanding on a deeper level and enhance the richness and variety of language instruction.  During the 2012–2013 academic year, 33 English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) were selected and sent to Yilan (16), Kaohsiung (11), and Kinmen (6) for an eleven-month grant to work side by side with Local English Teachers (LETs) to plan and teach English lessons at designated schools.  During the grant period, some partnerships

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Research & Reflections

fulbright taiwan online journal