Fulbright recipients Andrade, Sanseau will teach languages at Salve Regina in 2016-17

NEWPORT, R.I. (Aug. 25, 2016) – Marc Girones Andrade of Spain and Emmanuel Sanseau of France will serve as teaching assistants and live in Salve Regina’s Language House while taking courses at the university during the 2016-17 academic year. Both are Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program grant recipients.

Andrade and Sanseau will reside with American and international students in Carnlough Cottage, a residential living and learning community on Salve’s campus. Through this immersion program, students practice their Spanish and French language skills while sharing cultural exchange with native speakers.

“I want to show my students that learning a language is not just about spending hours in front of a grammar book, but about getting to know other cultures, other ways of thinking and appreciating the value of difference and diversity,” Andrade said. “On top of that, I want to make them aware of the opportunities that speaking other languages may bring to their lives. I’m just 25 and I have already lived in five countries and that is thanks to my command of English. Therefore, if it has worked for me, it can also work for any of the students here at Salve.”

The two are among nearly 400 young educators from 50 countries who are traveling to the United States in the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright FLTA Program to help internationalize U.S. colleges and universities, a key goal of many institutions as they prepare students for the 21st century workforce and globalized world. Recipients of Fulbright FLTA grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

“Being in the U.S. now after extensive travels in Europe is a very exciting challenge,” Sanseau said. “I hope to learn a lot about American culture and politics, and I'm really happy to be here during an election year. To me, Salve’s Language House seems like a great opportunity to share a genuine piece of French culture with students. I also hope to convince them to visit my country afterwards.”

In addition to teaching and taking courses during their stay, Andrade and Sanseau will also be sharing their language and culture with the local community in an effort to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas. Fulbright FLTA recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright FLTA Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.