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Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP)

U.S. Host School Application
and Mentor Teacher Travel Forms

Host School Application Information

This website will connect you to the applications for U.S. Host Schools for the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP). U.S. schools can apply to host an Arabic or Chinese language teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. There is a two-step application process. Selected schools who successfully complete the "Step One" application may be invited to submit additional information with a "Step Two" application. Schools do not need to complete a "Step Two" application unless invited to.

If you are a teacher from Egypt or Morocco, you can apply to teach Arabic in a U.S. school at this website: <https://ais.americancouncils.org/tclparabic

If you are a teacher from China, you can apply to teach Chinese in a U.S. school at this website: https://ais.americancouncils.org/tclpchina

For information about TCLP, please visit http://tclprogram.org.

U.S. Host School Requirements

U.S. primary and secondary schools that meet the following program requirements are eligible to submit an application to host an exchange teacher:

  • Want to start a Chinese or Arabic foreign language program or have an existing Chinese or Arabic foreign language program;
  • Have a detailed plan for the exchange teacher to strengthen the host school's Chinese or Arabic language program through independent teaching or team-teaching;
  • Provide the exchange teacher between 10 and 20 scheduled contact hours per week to leave time in his/her schedule for outreach presentations in colleagues' classes and area schools, designing curricula, and for extracurricular activities. TCLP defines contact hours as those hours when the teacher is actually teaching students during scheduled class periods;
  • Provide the exchange teacher with professional development opportunities that are available to the host school's own faculty, including new teacher workshops/orientations, planning days before school starts, in-service trainings, and faculty meetings;
  • Provide the exchange teacher with opportunities to share information about his/her home country in the host school and community, and to learn about U.S. education, culture, and society;
  • Provide a host school-based mentor teacher to support the program's implementation beginning April 2021 and assist the exchange teacher throughout his/her stay in the United States;
  • Designate a community liaison to assist the exchange teacher's transition into the community. This cannot be the same person as the mentor teacher or school administrator;
  • If teaching certification documents are required for the exchange teacher to work in the school, the host school will cover all costs associated with receiving teaching certification;
  • Have a plan for the exchange teacher's logistical support throughout the year that includes:
    • For fully funded exchange teachers: Arrange housing accommodations (an apartment, a rented room in a house, or a home-stay) in the host community with the understanding that rent and other living expenses will be paid by the exchange teacher (who will receive a housing allowance from TCLP).
    • For a partially funded exchange teacher: Arrange and pay for housing accommodations (an apartment, a rented room in a house, or a home-stay) in the host community.
  • Facilitate transportation arrangements that will enable the exchange teacher to live independently within the community.
  • Participate in TCLP mandatory trainings and workshops.

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