Teachers of Critical Languages Program


Qualifying U.S. schools may host participants of the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP). TCLP brings teachers from China, Egypt and Morocco to eligible U.S. elementary and secondary schools to teach Chinese and Arabic for an academic year. American students benefit from having native Chinese and Arabic speakers in the classroom and from a broadened foreign language curriculum.
The application period for host schools generally opens in late fall and closes in late January. Please apply through the TCLP Program website

Program Length

One academic year

Eligibility and Application Overview

U.S. host school applicants must:

  • Have a developing or existing Chinese or Arabic foreign language program; and
  • Have a plan for the exchange teacher to strengthen the host school's Chinese or Arabic language program


Please visit the American Councils website, which administers the program, for additional information.

American Councils
1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-833-7522



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