Joedel Penaranda, a faculty member and the designated University & Board Secretary of the Biliran Province State University (formerly known as Naval State University) is a grantee of the Fulbright - Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program of the Fulbright Commission in the Philippines for the AY 2019-2020 intake. He will be an FLTA at the Skyline College in San Bruno, San Francisco, California. Particularly, he will be working under the institution’s Kababayan Learning Center - a firmly established language program on campus, which extends into one or two of the local high schools.
1Funded by the U.S. government through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the FLTA Program is a full scholarship program for early career English-language teachers to co-teach the Filipino language at a U.S. university for one academic year. FLTA aims at strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities while providing foreign teachers the opportunity to increase their English language proficiency, refine their teaching skills, and extend their knowledge of the culture and customs of the United States.
1During the program year, the participant will have the opportunity to take classes on teaching methodology and other topics, such as American studies. The participant is also expected to participate in university programs and to share the Filipino culture with their colleagues and students.
As emphasized by PAEF, “FLTAs should be energetic, early career educators capable of succeeding in the dual role of university teaching assistant and student.”
Penaranda is a Master of Arts in Education major in English Language Teaching (MAED-ELT) candidate at the University of San Carlos – School of Education. At present, he is the Moderator of the An Lantugi: BiPSU Debate Society. He previously went to the US where he attended the Harvard Project for Asian & International Relations (HPAIR) Conference at Harvard University and was declared as a Case Study Winner.
At age 23, he is the second youngest Filipino grantee in the history of the said program. This is the first time for the university to have a Fulbright scholar among its faculty and one of the few in the Visayas region.