Born in Taiwan, Dr. Carolyn Ho’s teaching career has led her full circle back to Taiwan where she will be teaching the 2012-2013 academic year as a member of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.
“I’m extremely honored to have been selected for the grant. This award is very special as I will be working with teachers in Taiwan and training American college graduates – also Fulbright grantees – to teach English in a non-English environment,” says Dr. Ho, who began teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at LSC-CyFair in 2003. “In terms of cultural exchange, it is multi-dimensional. My interaction will be not only with Taiwanese teachers and students but also with Americans outside their comfort zone. There will be a lot of learning on many levels.”
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, provides scholar recipients the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.
Dr. Ho also plans to host online exchanges of ideas between teachers at LSC-CyFair and in Taiwan. A long-range goal resulting from her year in Taiwan is to take advantage of the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Fulbright Program and host teachers from Taiwan to guest teach Mandarin Chinese or collaborate on language teaching at LSC-CyFair.
“Being chosen a Fulbright scholar is prestigious,” says Dr. Ho, who hopes to reconnect with college friends while abroad as well. “It’s exciting to plan lessons differently, be meeting new people, have some mental gymnastics going on and it’s another layer in my international work.”
In addition, Dr. Ho has been recognized for her outstanding teaching and dedication to student success as both a 2007 Faculty Excellence Award Winner and a 2009 Piper Professor nominee.
Dr. Ho, the second LSC-CyFair Fulbright recipient, is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, which operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. .