Fulbright FLTA Summer Orientation

Welcome to the Fulbright FLTA Summer Orientation

Johns Hopkins SAIS - August 17-21, 2015

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Arrival & Departure
Entering the U.S.
Housing & Meals
Program & Schedule
Administrative & Academic Staff
FAQs
Contact us
Useful Resources

 

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The Language Studies Program (LSP) of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University is proud to host the 2015 incoming Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) for a five-day FLTA Orientation in our nation's capital, Washington, DC.

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The LSP, located in the heart of Washington, DC, is dedicated to foreign language instruction to international graduate students at Johns Hopkins SAIS, one of the world leading graduate schools in international affairs.

Through a series of workshops and lectures focusing on the latest trends in language instruction and integrating cutting-edge Web technologies, the orientation aims to prepare the FLTAs for their 2015-2016 academic year appointments in universities throughout the United States. Moreover, the seminars on culture and society have been specifically designed to give insight into the American cultural traditions and customs, in order to help FLTAs in their everyday life for the year ahead in the US.

Take a look at the preliminary schedule. As you plan for your travel and stay in Washington, DC, visit this website often since we will update content regularly.

Get to know each other in advance and remain connected on our Facebook page!
 
The LSP looks forward to welcoming you on August 17th, 2015 at the LSP - Johns Hopkins SAIS!

  Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

 

   There are three airports close to the Washington DC metropolitan area. Of these 
  three, Washington Reagan National (DCA) airport is the closest. You should arrive and 
  depart from this airport. Upon arrival, go to the lower level to pick up your luggage.   
 

 

Getting to your hotel and SAIS
We have arranged for transportation with SuperShuttle from the airport to your hotel. After collecting your luggage upon arrival, proceed to the SuperShuttle ticket counter on the lower level.
  • TERMINAL A: Ticket counter across from baggage claim 1A, open 7 A.M. to 11 P.M.
  • TERMINAL B: Ticket counter between Arrivals doors 4 and 5, open 6 A.M. to 1 A.M.
  • TERMINAL C: Ticket counter between Arrivals doors 8 and 9, open 7 A.M. to 11 P.M.
     
 

Your hotel


Inform the driver that you are staying at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel - Embassy Row. Make sure you have the address with you: 1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036 and Phone: (202) 293-8000
You will be accommodated in a double room that you will share with another FLTA.
The hotel is only one block away from SAIS.


After you have checked-in, please come to SAIS to meet us if you arrive between 12:00PM - 4:30PM. We will be waiting for you at:

 

 

 

SAIS Rome Building 
1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W
Language Studies Program (third floor)
Washington, D.C. 20036

Entering the U.S.
Your point of entry will be the airport where you first arrive in the U.S. When you arrive in the U.S., you must present the following documents to the Immigration Inspector:
1. Form I-20 or Form DS-2019
2. Passport with valid F-1 or J-1 entry visa

 
You should have the following documents ready to present if the Inspector asks for them:
1. Original financial documents
2. Documents from IIE-Fulbright
3. Documents that demonstrate your intent to return home
 
The Immigration inspector may ask you a few questions before stamping and writing the visa status on your passport. Do not get nervous. Just answer with the truth. The following Questions & Answers are just examples and they do not replace any information or advice that IIE/Fulbright may have given you:
 

 

  • Q: What is the reason of your trip?  

A: Explain you are coming as a Fulbright Language TA

 

 

  • Q: How long are you going to stay?

A: Inform him of your expected date of departure as agreed with your host institution.

 

 

  • Q: Where are you going to stay?

A: Let the immigration officer that you will stay at the following hotel during the Fulbright Summer Orientation in Washington, DC :
Marriott Embassy Courtyard Hotel
1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-293-8000

It is also a good idea to have our contact numbers available with you:

 
Dr. Marco A. Campos
IIE-Fulbright Summer Orientation Program Director
Tel: (202) 360-3514
 
Ms. Darlene Jackson
IIE-Fulbright Summer Orientation Program Coordinator
Tel: (202) 663-5751
 
If your documents are in order and your answers are acceptable, the Inspector will “admit” you to the U.S. by placing a stamp in your passport. When you leave the inspection area, make certain that you have the following documents in your possession:
1. Passport
2. Form I-20/DS 2019
3. All financial documents you may have presented

 

Housing
 
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Address: Courtyard Washington DC - Embassy Row
1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-293-8000



This modern hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Deupont Circle Metro Station and a 13-minute walk from the White House.
We have chosen this hotel to host our FLTAS due to its proximity to SAIS (less than 1 block) and nearby Landmarks:
  • 4 blocks north of the Metro Subway Blue & Orange lines (McPherson Square -Vermont Ave. / White House exit)
  • 3 blocks south-west of Metro Subway Red line (Dupont Circle Station)
 
FLTAS of the same gender will share double rooms.
 
  1. Meals

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Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are available free of charge at SAIS during the days of the workshops (August 18th, 19th, 20th).  

You are also invited to a DoS luncheon on Wednesday August 19th from 1:30pm to 2:30pm (Kenney-Nitze Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 1st floor) and a farewell dinner on Thursday August 20th. Breakfast is available in your hotel on Friday, August 21st.

 



Click below to access the Calendar of Sessions & Events:
 
FLTA Summer Orientation Team
Contact Information

 

a.         Marco A. Campos;  Principal Investigator.
 
E-mail: mcampos@jhu.edu
Tel: (202) 663-7789 (office); (202) 360-3514 (mobile)
NOTE: I will be in Peru June 18th – August 6th. During this time, I can be reached by e-mail or at:
 Tel: (011511) 446-0931 or skype: camposdc
 
b.        Daria Mizza; Principal Investigator.
 
E-mail: dmizza@jhu.edu
Tel: (202) 663-5787 (office); (202) 999-5808 (mobile)
Skype: darietta74

 
c.       Darlene Jackson; Coordinator.

E-mail: djacks69@jhu.edu
Tel: (202) 663-5751 (office);  (202) 487-0938 (mobile)

 
d.      Mohamad Esmaili-Sardari;  Lead trainer.

E-mail: esmaili@jhu.edu
Tel: (202) 663-7790 (office)

 e.        Gay Washburn; Lead Trainer.

f.         Susana Abril; Lead Trainer
 
E-mail: sbabril@jhu.edu

 
FACULTY BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Marco A. Campos, PhD
Dr. Marco A. Campos serves as Director of the Language Studies Program and Spanish Academic Coordinator in the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS).  He is a specialist in adult language learning using content-based instruction on topics including international development, economics and politics. He also has extensive experience as teacher trainer in areas of language teaching methodology and assessment. He has taught Spanish at the graduate and undergraduate levels,  and has held teaching positions at the World Bank, Georgetown University, University of Southern California,  and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. He has an MA in Spanish from the University of Southern California, and a  PhD in  Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University.

Mohamad Esmaili-Sardari, MS
Mr. Mohamad Esmaili-Sardari has taught Persian and Spanish since 1998 at Georgetown University, Middlebury College, Catholic University, University of California's Multilingual Solutions, the Middle East Institute, Diplomatic Language Services and most recently at the University of Maryland’s Roshan Center for Persian Studies. He has worked as a Persian linguistics informant at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Mr. Esmaili-Sardari received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Catholic University in 2005. He has an MS in Spanish linguistics from Georgetown University;  and an MA, in Spanish literature from Middlebury College.

Daria Mizza, PhD
Dr. Daria Mizza serves as French Academic Coordinator and Head of Foreign Language Instructional Technology in the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Mizza’s areas of academic interest are higher education and the teaching of modern foreign languages (Italian, French) with the support of instructional technologies. She published articles in international journals on current perspectives and the future direction of Foreign Language Teaching using new technologies, emphasizing the development of writing skills and focusing on language instruction in blended environments. MS (ESP-EAP, Paris), MA Applied Linguistics (University of Venice, Italy), MA Post-compulsory Education (University of Warwick, UK), Ph.D. Modern Foreign Languages and Instructional Technology (University of Warwick, UK), Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Leadership (Johns Hopkins University).
 
 
Gay Washburn, PhD
Dr. Gay N. Washburn serves as the English language coordinator and Writing Center director at the School for International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University.  A former Fulbright scholar (Honduras 2003-2004) and former director of Fulbright orientation programs (at the University of Pennsylvania,) she is delighted to work again with so many Fulbrighters at once. At Johns Hopkins SAIS, her work has focused on academic reading and writing for advanced learners.  Her published research has focused on fossilization in second language learning and pragmatic language use and learning.  In addition, she has worked on programs to increase the numbers of certified world language teachers in the US through alternative training programs.  She holds a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Columbia University and a PhD in Education (educational linguistics) from the University of Pennsylvania.   

 

  1. DO I NEED TO ARRIVE AT WASHINGTON REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT (DCA)?
Washington DC is accessible from three airports: Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International airport (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington airport (BWI). However, you are strongly advised to arrive at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA). Fulbright has arranged for free transportation for DCA to your hotel with Supershuttle.

If you arrive at a different airport, you will have to pay for the cost of transportation and you will not be reimbursed for it. Nevertheless, if you decide to arrive at a different airport, please see the information below:
 
  • If you arrive from DULLES Airport:
Dulles airport is 35 miles away from DC and a taxi ride should be about $75. You have several options to get to your hotel:

 (1) BY METRO
Your cheapest option is to take the Washington Flyer coach to West Fall metro station for about $ 10. From there, you should take the metro (orange line) to Metro Center station. At Metro Center Center, you should transfer to the red line and go to Dupont Circle metro station. Your hotel is 6 blocks from the Dupont Circle metro station.

(2) BY SUPERSHUTTLE
You can take a supershuttle shared van from Dulles airport to your hotel for about $35. This will leave you at your hotel. This is your best option for the price, safety, and comfort. Please see their webpage for more details: http://www.washfly.com/sharedvan.htm

 (3) BY BUS
This will cost you about $10, but I wouldn't advise you to do it. It's too much of a hustle:
 You can take Bus 5a from Dulles airport to Roslynn metro station and take the orange line from there to Metro Center station. Then switch to red line on Metro Center to Dupont Circle metro station.
 
(4) BY TAXI:
You can take a cab from Dulles airport to your hotel for about $75.

 

  • If you arrive at BWI airport:
You can take the MARC commuter train or Supershuttle. For information on ground transportation from BWI please click here
FLTA Summer Orientation Team
Contact Information

 
a.         Marco A. Campos;  Principal Investigator.
E-mail: mcampos@jhu.edu
Tel: (202) 663-7789 (office); (202) 360-3514 (mobile)
NOTE: I will be in Peru June 18th – August 6th. During this time, I can be reached by e-mail or at:
 Tel: (011511) 446-0931 or skype: camposdc
 
b.        Daria Mizza; Principal Investigator.
E-mail: dmizza@jhu.edu
Tel: (202) 663-5787 (office); (202) 999-5808 (mobile)
Skype: darietta74

 
c.       Darlene Jackson; Coordinator.

E-mail: djacks69@jhu.edu
Tel: (202) 663-5751 (office);  (202) 487-0938 (mobile)

 
d.      Mohamad Esmaili-Sardari;  Lead trainer.

E-mail: esmaili@jhu.edu
Tel: (202) 663-7790 (office)

 
e.        Susana Abril; Lead Trainer.

 
f.        Gay Washburn; Lead Trainer.

1. 100 FREE THINGS TO DO IN DC

You are going to be very busy with the orientation, but if you arrive early and rested on your first day, you might want to check this guide for 100 things to do in DC for free.

2. The SAIS Guide to Washington, DC
This booklet is useful for FLTAS that have been assigned to spend their year in the Washington, DC area. Other FLTAs might want to check the section about public transportation. Click here to access the Guide.