Great news! isiZulu teachers in demand in the USA. Here’s how to apply!

Great news! isiZulu teachers in demand in the USA. Here’s how to apply!

Want to live the American dream and spread the isiZulu love? 

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There are so many South Africans with dreams of heading to the US - here's an opportunity for you to make your way to North America. 

The United States has issued a call for South Africans to teach isiZulu at its universities as part of the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Programme (FLTA). 

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They are specifically looking to have South Africans who speak isiZulu but are also proficient in English to teach at an American university for a full academic year. This is between August 2022 and May 2023. This forms part of the Fulbright South Africa FLTA Programme which opened applications on 5 November.

These Fulbright FLTA participants will teach up to 20 hours of language classes a week and are required to enrol in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in US Studies. 

They will also be required to facilitate cultural events, language clubs, language tables, and interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.

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Does this not sound like the perfect opportunity for our Sky Tshabalala who teaches on 'Khuluma Nathi', to head to the US? 

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Here are some of the criteria need in order to apply: 

  1. You need to be citizens of South Arica and fluent in isiZulu, while having proficiency in both written and spoken English language
  2. Applicants must be qualified secondary-level teachers with no more than seven years teaching experience in English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), isiZulu, American Studies, journalism and media, literature, or a related field.
  3. Applicants will need to create an account with a username and password. Registration also requires personal details, like the applicant's first and last name, email address, and birth date. Once the account has been created, an email from [email protected], confirming that the application process has started, will be sent to the applicant's address.


It is advised that potential candidates contact the Fulbright Programme Office in South Africa to be sure of the requirements and their eligibility before making any applications. Queries can be emailed to [email protected] and [email protected], or lodged with the US Embassy in Pretoria..

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Fortunately, applicants do not need to complete the application at one time. You can re-enter at any time to edit the application but, once submitted, no changes can be made.

Applications need to be made online, via the Independent Institute of Education (IIE) registration portal.

The latest Fulbright FLTA programme focuses on isiZulu teachers who have until 15 December to apply.

So, why not make you American dreams a reality? 

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