Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants at FIU

Three individuals from Russia, Brazil and India have been awarded a grant to serve as teaching assistants and take courses at the University.

Elmira Nazmieva of Russia, Marcella lole da Costa of Brazil and Amit Ranjan of India were given the Fulbright Foreign Teaching Assistant Program grant to come to the University and share their language and culture with U.S. communities.

They will be working in the Department of Modern Languages under the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.

“I am proud to have won a Fulbright scholarship as a FLTA,” said Nazmieva. “I am sure that the program is of great benefit to improve and diversify my teaching styles and I hope to advance my knowledge in terms of education and American culture.”

She has been an English teacher in Kazan, Tatarstan Republic of Russia for over a decade.

Nazmieva, Lole da Costa and Ranjan are just three of more than 400 educators from 50 countries who traveled to the United States for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Fulbright FLTA Program hopes to internationalize U.S. colleges and universities, a key goal of many institutions as they prepare students for the 21st Century workforce and globalized world.

The program, established in 1946 by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, is funded by an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State.

Recipients of the grant are selected by academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Scholarships are awarded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. “I am amazed that the students here are often bilingual, trilingual and sometimes multilingual and are willing to expand their linguistic knowledge,” said Nazmieva. “I think that FIU is a great place for anyone willing to study languages.”