Deadline: January 6, 2020
Are you interested in teaching Arabic to American students? Are you interested in increasing your global competency? Would you like to improve your teaching strategies while living in the United States? Apply or the U.S. Department of State Teachers of Critical Languages Program 2020-2021 for Arabic Teachers.
The Teachers of Critical Languages Program seeks to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. schools, while also providing the selected exchange teachers the opportunity to learn about U.S. teaching methodologies, culture, and society. The exchange teachers teach Mandarin Chinese or Modern Standard Arabic and serve as a cultural resource in the host school and community.
The program provides
- J-1 visa support
- A pre-departure orientation held in the participant’s home country
- Round-trip travel from each participant’s home country to and within the U.S.
- A nine-day welcome orientation in Washington, DC
- An approximate 10.5-month teaching assignment in a U.S. host school
- Professional development workshops
- Accident and sickness insurance (does not cover pre-existing conditions)
- Assistance with finding housing, generally arranged by the U.S. host school/educational community
- Living stipend of approximately $20,000
- Housing in the form of a monthly housing allowance for the duration of the program, calculated based on average housing prices for the assigned host community
Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, sexual orientation or gender. Competition for the TCLP is merit-based and open to anyone who:
- Is a citizen of Egypt or Morocco who currently resides in their country of citizenship (Egypt or Morocco);
- Is currently a full-time teacher of English as a Foreign Language or Arabic as a Foreign Language in a primary or secondary (K-12) school in Egypt or Morocco;
- At the time of application has at least four years of full-time classroom teaching experience;
- Is prepared to teach for the entire U.S. academic year with leave time limited to school breaks;
- Has a firm understanding of Modern Standard Arabic (fus’ha);
- Has at least a bachelor’s degree;
- Demonstrates a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program;
- Is proficient in written and spoken English; and
- Has submitted a complete application package.
The U.S. Department of State and American Councils will convene an independent panel to review the applications on the basis of the following:
- Professional and educational experience and achievements
- Demonstrated leadership potential
- Flexibility, maturity, and ability to participate in an international academic exchange
- Preparedness (including maturity, flexibility, and ability to function independently) for an intensive academic year in the U.S.
- Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively
- Demonstrated commitment to current pedagogy and willingness to adapt methodology
- Willingness to co-teach in the U.S. classroom
- Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S., Egyptian, and Moroccan educational institutions and schools
Applicants from Morocco are required to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Morocco specific application information.
For Egyptian Applicants:
To be considered complete, all applications must include:
- An essay that includes detailed answers to all questions;
- Transcript(s)/teaching certifications;
- A resume of no more than two pages;
- A recent passport size photograph of the applicant; and
- One completed recommendation form from a person who is the applicant’s supervisor and is familiar with his/her professional work; it cannot be written by a family member. Recommendations must be submitted with the application by the application deadline date. Recommendations submitted separately or submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Please provide an English translation of the recommendation letter if it is not written in English. The translated letter does not need to be certified or notarized, but should be clearly marked as a translation.
- Applications and professional recommendations may be submitted separately but should be submitted online no later than the application deadline.
For more information, visit Teachers of Critical Languages Program.