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My experience teaching in the Bridges language program

by Madina Aybekovna


Since December, I have been meeting with little human beings to teach Uzbek, my language, every week. It has been one of the most enlightening experiences that I have had here as a Fulbright scholar at IU.

Below are a recordings of the proceedings and papers presented:


Policy Brief: Human Migration


Hayley Pangle is dual degree graduate student in both Central Asian studies and Library Science. She spent nine months in Azerbaijan as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in 2014 – 2015. The following is an adaptation of a post from a blog that she kept during her stint.


K-16 Teachers: Attend a Summer Institute at a Title VI National Resource Center

Brendan Devine is a graduate student currently pursuing his master’s degree in Central Eurasian Studies.  He traveled to Mongolia in the summer of 2016 on a Title VIII fellowship.  He agreed to write about his experience for the IAUNRC website and newsletter.


 “Wild Horses, Wolves, and Weddings”



Academic Intern (2017-2018)


The Center for the Study of Global Change is looking to hire an undergraduate junior or senior eligible for federal work study for the 2017/18 academic year.




The IU Summer Language Workshop is hiring an hourly student worker to assist with general office work and programming in Summer 2017.


General duties will include, but are not limited to:

1.      Assisting the staff with setting up, facilitating, and recording extracurricular programs;

2.      General office assistance;

Elliott Ubelhor is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Central Eurasian Studies with minors in Religious Studies, Art History, and Chinese. He is currently studying Tibetan through the Foreign Language and Area Studies scholarship offered by the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center.


Every Thursday in February, my colleague Emily Stranger and I visited a small class at Harmony School in Bloomington. This private school, which is comfortably located close to the IU campus, invited us to their Multicultural Month Celebration. We partnered with Adam Lehman, one of the Harmony School teachers, and put together a lesson plan for the following four weeks. Our goal was to create four lessons that build upon each other and that would give the young audience a multi-faceted introduction to one of the regions in Central Asia. Uzbekistan became our choice.

Jermaine Butler is a graduate student currently pursuing his master’s degree in the Central Eurasian Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures departments. He traveled to Tajikistan in the summer of 2016 on a Critical Language Scholarship.


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Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Spotlight
Alisher Khamidov

On September 1, 2017, the IAUNRC sat down to speak with Alisher, the 2017-2018 FLTA from Uzbekistan. Alisher will assist Dr. Hodjaev with teaching Uzbek language classes for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. These classes are offered through the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. For more information please contact