BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College will expand its world language curriculum this year as two Fulbright Scholars spend the academic year on campus. Lyu-Wei Chen of Taiwan and Ghizlane Fadili of Morocco will not only teach courses, but will also learn more about life in the United States during their time in Bethany.
Through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, Chen will teach Chinese language and culture courses, and Fidili will teach Arabic language and culture courses. They are also taking courses at Bethany, as well as living in residence halls on campus.
“The Fulbright program provides Bethany College students with the opportunity to learn about different cultures, not only in the classroom, but also by living with members of these cultures on a day-to-day basis,” said Dr. Katrina D’Aquin, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.
She added that the exposure to other cultures in this way adds an important dimension to the liberal arts experience.
Fadili has a bachelor’s degree in English studies from University Mohammed First. She taught English classes in Morocco for three years. Chen has a bachelor’s degree in foreign language and literature from National Taiwan University. For the last three years, she has served as an English teacher and teaching assistant.
The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education. It allows educators from around the world to enhance their teaching abilities, further their understanding of American customs and serve as representatives of their home cultures by working with students in the U.S. and completing coursework at the host institution. Bethany has had three previous Fulbright Scholars.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.