Omani teachers, students in US exchange programme

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Aug 30 13:02:50 UTC 2006

Via edling-list:

Omani teachers, students in US exchange programme
By A Staff Reporter

MUSCAT Two groups of Omani teachers and students are taking part in
different exchange programmes to teach and study at American schools,
colleges and universities. This is part of the US-funded exchange
programmes for the academic year 2006-2007 and is coordinated by the US
embassy in Muscat to promote mutual understanding between the peoples of
the United States and Oman. Through its exchange programmes, the
participants get unique opportunities for academic achievement and
professional development.

In the first programme, 19 Omani secondary school teachers are taking part
in the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) programme. FLTA
offers teachers of English as a foreign language, the chance to refine
their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American education
and culture, while at the same time strengthening the teaching of foreign
language at colleges and universities within the United States by teaching
their native languages.

With Arabic the fastest-growing language of study in the United States,
Omans FLTA teachers will provide valuable expertise to the colleges and
universities in Arabic language instruction. These teachers will study and
teach at colleges and universities throughout the US, including the
Universities of Alabama, California (Davis), Illinois, Oregon,
Pennsyl-vania, and Texas. This years FLTA teachers are drawn from schools
in the Al Batinah, Al Dahirah, Al Dakhiliyah, Musandam, Muscat and Al
Sharqiyah wilayats.

In the second programme, four secondary school students, two boys and two
girls drawn from government and private schools in Muscat, Dhank, and
Buraimi are taking part in this years Youth Exchange and Study (Yes)
programme. Yes places students in communities across the United States,
where they live with host families and attend local schools. This year
marks the third year in which Oman is participating in the Yes programme.


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