Recent graduate awarded Fulbright grant to teach English in Brazil

September 20, 2017

Jacquelyn Pearlmutter, who graduated from the University of Richmond in May, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant.

Pearlmutter, of Brookline, Massachusetts, will be teaching English in Brazil February through November 2018.

Pearlmutter is fluent in Spanish and worked as a Spanish drill instructor at the University of Richmond, which she says has allowed her to help others develop their Spanish speaking skills outside the traditional classroom setting.

“My philosophy is to employ a combination of repetition and active participation, all of which makes learning fun while still focusing on expanding vocabulary, reinforcing grammar and practicing verb conjugations,” she said.

She is taking a Portuguese class this fall to develop speaking, reading and writing skills prior to arriving in Brazil, and says she is excited to use her skills to teach English there. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies with a second major in Latin American, Latino and Iberian studies from UR.

“I have a passion for teaching and instilling knowledge and confidence in those who are learning English,” Pearlmutter said. “I’m excited to put my bilingual skills to work while also expanding my global perspective.”

While at UR, Pearlmutter studied abroad in Buenos Aires. Following her Fulbright, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician.

“This Fulbright Scholarship will enhance my cultural competence and Portuguese-speaking skills, thus, allowing me to more effectively communicate with diverse patient populations,” Pearlmutter said.  

“It’s wonderful that Fulbright has recognized Jacquelyn’s academic achievements, as well as her desire to serve as an education ambassador for the United States,” said Dana Kuchem, director of scholars and fellowships. “This award also represents University of Richmond’s investment in opportunities that enrich and expand the educational experience for students, including study abroad.”

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The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary schools, secondary schools or universities overseas - improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States, while increasing the U.S. student's own language skills and knowledge of the host country, according to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.