TCU senior receives scholarship to teach in South Korea

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    Taylor Joyce was the first of an estimated 12 TCU finalists to receive his acceptance of the Fulbright scholarship to join the English Teaching Assistantship Program in South Korea in July.

    Joyce, an early childhood education major who is graduating in May, said he is looking forward to teaching English to elementary students in his country of choice.

    The Fulbright scholarship is named after U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, who introduced a bill that would promote international goodwill through exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.

    “The program is funded through the U.S. government," Joyce said. "Their goal is to send out ambassadors and create some mutual understanding between countries. One of the many ways they do this is by sending English teaching assistants."

    To apply for the program, an applicant would needs a statement of purpose, personal statement, statement of grant purpose and three letters of recommendations. After the general application is completed, Joyce said finalists are then chosen by their country of choice.

    Joyce's assignment will consist of 20 hours of classroom teaching per week plus additional time for class preparation and school-related activities. A mix of co-teaching and independent teaching varies from school to school, Joyce said. He said he will be teaching at several schools, but is not positive yet on how many.

    “I’ve been wanting to teach abroad for a long time,” Joyce said.

    Joyce will participate in activities outside the program to get more involved in the South Korean community.

    “I will also be taking Taekwondo and cooking classes to become immersed in the culture,” he said.

    Joyce will be teaching from July 2013 through July 2014. Throughout this time, a Korean family will host his stay.

    Kyle Cochran, a senior marketing major and friend of Joyce, said, “We are all very proud of Taylor. He has such an awesome opportunity ahead of him and will be a perfect fit to influence his students’ lives. He’s had his mind on this for a long time, so it’s great to see it finally be a sure thing,” 

    For more information on the journey Joyce will be embarking on, visit the Fulbright South Korea website.