UKZN Alumnus Completes Fulbright Teaching Assistant Programme
UKZN School of Education alumnus, Mr Mboniseni Dlamini, has completed a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Scholarship programme in the United States.
Dlamini received a Fulbright FLTA grant based on academic and professional achievements, as well as leadership potential.
A qualified English Language teacher, registered with the South African Council for Educators, he served as a teaching assistant at Pennsylvania University and took language courses at the university. While in the USA, he shared his language (isiZulu) and culture with US communities as well as being a cultural ambassador encouraging Americans to travel to and study in South Africa.
‘Through this once in a lifetime opportunity, I rediscovered the joy of learning and teaching,’ said Dlamini. ‘As a language teacher, I was able to reflect on my own teaching methodologies, while reconsidering how I teach and also spend valuable time thinking critically about my pedagogy,’ said Dlamini.
Offering advice to other students, he said: ‘When rare opportunities present themselves, grab them with both hands. Do not look down upon yourself because of your background - life is all about taking risks and challenging yourself irrespective of your background. If I can do it, so can you.’
Words: Melissa Mungroo