The American Council of Learned Societies is now seeking applications for an exchange program for teachers in American and Chinese schools (pending funding). This is an unusual opportunity for schools and districts wishing to begin or to strengthen Chinese language and culture programs and for teachers wishing to live and teach in China.
Since the beginning of the program during the 1996-97 school year, we have had American teachers from across the country in "key" secondary schools throughout China--in Beijing, Dalian (Liaoning), Hohhot (Inner Mongolia), Luoyang (Henan) Suzhou, Changzhou, and Yangzhou (Jiangsu), and Chengdu (Sichuan). We anticipate that many of the same schools on the Chinese side will participate in the future.
The American teachers in China teach English as a foreign language. The Chinese teachers, all of whom teach English as a foreign language in China, may teach Chinese history, language, and culture, and/or English as a second language at participating American schools.
ACLS sponsors orientation programs in the U.S. and in China during the summer before the exchange year. For American teachers this covers "survival" Chinese, the teaching of English as a foreign language, and an introduction to China and its schools. The orientation session for Chinese teachers covers the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language, instruction on American teaching methodology, and an introduction to the United States and its schools.
Those interested in the exchange should send a letter to the Education Office--China Program, American Council of Learned Societies, 228 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 for more information and an application package. The application deadline for the 1999-2000 school year will be February 15, 1999.
The U.S.-China Teachers Exchange Program is funded by a major grant from the Freeman Foundation.
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