English Teaching Assistant Program FAQ

What does an ETA do?
The ETA program aims to strengthen English language instruction and knowledge about the United States among Norwegian students. Under the teacher or professor’s supervision, the Fulbright ETA works with students to help them improve their oral and written communications skills in English through instructional activities, small group tutorials and serving as a resource for individual students, particularly in the area of writing. Though the Fulbright ETA may lead individual class lessons s/he is not authorized to assume the teacher’s role, and is not responsible for evaluations or grades.

Where do ETAs carry out their assignments?
ETAs are placed by the Fulbright office in locations around Norway (currently Bergen, Trondheim, and Ås). They are assigned to split their time between two host institutions: one university and one secondary school. Each host institution is expected to tailor the assistantship to its English language teaching needs and the individual ETA’s background, academic interests, and abilities.

What is the workload?
ETAs are expected to assist teaching staff in class and hold office hours, for 12 to 16 hours per week (6-8 hours per institution). Additional time may be spent reviewing student work, planning activities, meeting with colleagues etc.

May I take classes or conduct independent research while serving as an ETA?
No outside studies or projects may be taken on if they conflict with or prevent the ETA from fulfilling all duties of the ETA assignment. However, host institutions are encouraged to work with the ETA to ensure that s/he has time to get involved in other activities.

What about housing?
ETA housing is arranged by their university hosts. In most cases they live in student villages along with regular university students.