Bradshaw Selected as Fulbright Austria Scholar

Published: April 28, 2023

Congratulations to College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Integrated Education and Training (IET) and English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher, Joe Bradshaw, who has received a Fulbright Award! Through this honor, Bradshaw will travel to Austria this fall as a Fulbright Austria Scholar and work as a Teaching Assistant to help students develop language skills that will help them succeed.

The Fulbright Program facilitates the exchange of students and scholars between the United States and more than 160 countries. Since its inception in 1946, more than 380,000 students, teachers, and scholars have participated in the Fulbright Program.

Bradshaw is studying German at Boise State University, where he will graduate Spring 2023. He has been part of the CWI community for more than a year teaching ESL. As he studies to earn his Bachelor of Arts in German, Bradshaw also fills in as a substitute, leads conversation groups, and gets real-world practical knowledge of language acquisition in the classroom.

Bradshaw found out about the program through his German Language professors at Boise State. Because he has a Teach English Online and Abroad certificate and a degree in German Language — he thought he would be a perfect fit!

“I am extremely honored to have been selected for this opportunity and somewhat surprised,” said Bradshaw. “I had almost lost hope of being selected for the program, but patience is a virtue. I am so grateful to all my teachers and mentors who have helped me along the way.”

He credits his experience at CWI with being selected for the honor.

Upon selection into the program, Bradshaw has been assigned to work at a gymnasium, Austria’s form of high school, in Hollabrunn — a town just North of Vienna. He will head to Austria in mid-September where he will work as a Teaching Assistant for a whole academic year.

According to Fulbright Austria, a Teaching Assistant will work in a school 13 hours a week, where they will team-teach with English Teachers, prepare lesson plans, facilitate one-on-one and group discussions, help students prepare for English exams, and more.

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