Teachers of Critical Languages Program 2011 Year in USA teaching Arabic

Teachers of Critical Language Program (TCLP) 2011

A Program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State Administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with the America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST)-Cairo
On behalf of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, American Councils for International Education is pleased to administer the Teachers of Critical Languages Program. This program seeks to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. schools, while also providing the exchange teachers the opportunity to learn about U.S. teaching methodologies, culture, and society. Current teachers in Egypt may apply to teach Arabic in a U.S. primary or secondary school; the exchange teacher may also serve as a cultural resource in the host school and community.


The mission of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the U.S. and other countries by fostering mutual understanding. The Bureau does this through a wide range of international exchanges and training programs, as authorized by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (as amended.) The Bureau works in close cooperation with U.S. Embassies overseas to promote personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad, as well as by presenting U.S. history, art, and culture in all of its diversity to audiences overseas.

Underlying the Bureau’s activities is the belief that mutual understanding is of vital importance in an increasingly interdependent world; that person-to-person exchanges and training is the most effective way to promote mutual understanding; that international exchanges enhance the effectiveness of the United States in dealing with other nations; and that the exchange of persons and ideas is essential to the promotion of democracy, economic prosperity, international cooperation, and global peace. A major part of the Bureau’s mission is to act as a catalyst for cooperation among hundreds of American private sector organizations engaged on the international scene.


American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, an international not-for-profit
organization, believes in the fundamental role of education in fostering positive change for individuals, institutions and societies. Building upon over three decades of regional expertise and development experience, American Councils advances education and research worldwide through international programs that provide the global perspective essential for academic and professional excellence. In collaboration with partners around the world, American Councils designs and implements innovative and effective programs responsive to the cultures and needs of the international communities in which it works.


America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST) is a private, nonprofit organization that strengthens mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Every year, AMIDEAST provides English language and professional skills training, educational advising, and testing services to hundreds of thousands of students and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa; supports numerous institutional development projects in the region; and administers educational exchange programs. Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST is headquartered in Washington, DC with a network of field offices in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen.

Application Eligibility
·    Teach English as a Foreign Language or Arabic as a Foreign Language in a K-12 school;
·    Have at least four years classroom teaching experience;
·    Have a Bachelor’s degree in education;
·    Have English-language proficiency in written and spoken English;
·    Possess Egyptian citizenship;
·    Submit a complete application;
·    Preference will be given to applicants from Upper Egypt, Delta and other remote areas such as Sinai and the New Valley
Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements are not forwarded to the selection committee.

Program Benefits

·    Round-trip airfare to the U.S.;
·    Maintenance allowance of approximately $30,000;
·    J-1 visa support;
·    Pre-departure orientation in Cairo;
·    Two-week orientation in Washington, D.C.;
·    Health insurance; and
·    Professional development workshops.

Selection Process

The U.S. Department of State and American Councils will convene an independent panel who will 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;
·    Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively;
·    Demonstrated commitment to the teaching profession;
·    Willingness to co-teach in the U.S. classroom;
·    Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S. and Egyptian educational institutions and schools.

Exchange teachers may not extend their program in the United States and are required to return to Egypt after their program concludes in June 2012. Exchange teachers are also subject to the home residency requirement which obligates J-1 Exchange Program teachers to return to Egypt and reside there for two years following completion of their program.

Click here for the online application

Application Deadline
In Egypt, the America Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST)-Cairo coordinates the application process.
All applications must be submitted online by January 17th, please be sure to submit your recommendation letters to AMIDEAST also by the 17th of January either in person our mailed to the following address:

ATTN: Teachers of Critical Languages Program
23, Mossadak Street, Dokki, Giza

For additional information, contact:
Nadia Ilahi, AMIDEAST Cairo Representative Office, tclp-info@amideast.org

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