Teachers of Critical Languages Programme (TCLP) for African Teachers in USA 2021 (Fully Funded)

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State invites applications for the Teachers of Critical Languages Programme (TCLP) in 2021.

The Programme is designed to increase the study and acquisition of important world languages in U.S. schools. This program enables primary and secondary schools to strengthen their teaching of Mandarin and Arabic by bringing Chinese, Egyptian, and Moroccan teachers to the U.S. to teach their native languages and culture for an academic year. The exchange teachers receive on-going methodological observation and training opportunities, live and work in an immersive English environment, and receive a certificate of participation following their exchange.

Worth of Award

TCLP is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, and provides:

  • J-1 visa support.
  • A pre-departure orientation was 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 for the duration of the 10.5-month teaching assignment; and
  • 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, colour, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. Competition for the Teachers of Critical Languages Programme 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 (Egypt: please see Application Checklist; Morocco: contact [email protected]).
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How to Apply

  • To be considered for the program, please submit a complete application online.
  • Incomplete applications or items submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.
  • Unless otherwise noted, please answer all questions in English.
  • If a required question does not apply to you, please enter N/A (not applicable).
  • There is a limit of three (3) attachments per applicable question; if more than three are submitted, the application may be disqualified.
  • Additional materials (such as student work or hand-outs) should NOT be included.
  • Materials that require technical equipment (such as audio or videotapes) will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

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.
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Deadline: The application for Arabic exchange teachers is due November 14, 2021.


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