By Alfonso De Torres Núñez
Apply now to host a Chinese guest teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. Since 2007, the College Board Chinese Guest Teacher Program has placed more than 1,550 Chinese language and culture teachers to classrooms across the nation.
The program provides an experienced language teacher from China to fill full-time Chinese language instruction positions in a host school or district for a period of one to three years. The guest teachers have at least two years of teaching experience and go through a rigorous selection and training process before arriving at the host schools. Participating institutions are responsible for providing a partial salary to the guest teacher, and the remainder is subsidized by a stipend from Hanban.
Key benefits of hosting a guest teacher for schools and students include:
- Host institutions can start or expand a Chinese language and culture program at a reasonable cost.
- Students learn authentic Chinese language, interact with a native Chinese instructor and participate in cross-cultural activities with Chinese students.
- Schools can lay a foundation for offering AP Chinese classes in the future.
- Chinese guest teachers can assist in curriculum development, program expansion and partnership creation.
The application deadline is Jan. 14. To find the online application and register for a webinar to learn more, visit the College Board website.
For more information, visit the Kentucky Department of Education’s Visiting International Teacher Program webpage. You also can contact Alfonso De Torres Núñez, KDE world languages consultant, (502) 564-2106, ext. 4134, or by e-mail at email@example.com.