Ruby Eichenour, a sixth-year adjunct in Community College of Aurora’s ESL program, has been awarded a Fulbright Global Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) award. She is expected to begin her three-month teaching expedition in Chile sometime in the spring of 2015.
The Ministry of Education in Chile is seeking to increase English language fluency across the entire population within one generation, according to the Fulbright website.
Eichenour's role will include training English teachers-in-training in both methodology, theory and more, in hopes of raising the English level of pre-grad teachers.
She will provide instruction at San Sebastian University in Valdivia once she is vetted by both the United States and Chile and receives visa clearance.
Eichenour received the 2014-2015 grant after an extensive application process that required three references, a resume, a competitive essay for which she received coaching from the Fulbright organization, and attendance at webinars and face-to-face meetings relating to the submission of a successful application.
She also made contact with the university in Chile to receive an invitation and submitted a sample syllabi touching upon what she might teach should she receive an award.
For more than 65 years, American academics, administrators and professionals have taught and conducted research abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Past CCA Fulbright recipients have included former college President Dr. Linda S. Bowman and ex-chair of World Languages Amy Rell.