Alumni Resources

  • The International Exchange Alumni (IEA) website is a valuable resource for past participants in international exchange programs sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. TCLP alumni are highly encouraged to join this online community to gain access to:

    • $33 billion worth of grant opportunities;
    • Professional development resources;
    • Exclusive video webchats with VIPs; and
    • 20,000 online magazines and newspapers.

     TCLP alumni can register on the IEA website and pursue all of the above opportunities following the end of their program year. To learn more, visit the IEA website here.

  • • Min Haiwei received a Critical Language Project grant aimed to increase exposure and understanding of Chinese culture in his community of Cumberland, Maryland. Mr. Min organized a Chinese New Year event at the local mall, which garnered community support for the Chinese Immersion Program at West Side Elementary, as well as introduced members of the local community to the vast and rich heritage of China. During the day-long event, elementary students hosted a puppet show, instrumental performance, craft fair and art exhibition, and local members of the community participated in a silent auction and raffle. Attendees were introduced to origami, Chinese paper cutting, calligraphy, traditional New Year’s food, music and crafts. Thanks to the many partnerships and collaboration put forth by Min Haiwei and members of his school and local community, the event was a great success.

  • Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the 2015 Alumni Virtual Training Conference on Wednesday and Thursday. It was a pleasure to hear everyone's experiences and thoughts about building sister-school relationships, and we hope to see more examples of alumni collaboration in the future.

    Recordings from both days of the Alumni Virtual Conference are available for download:

    Additionally, the slides from both days' presentations are available for download.

  • As part of the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP), program alumni, current exchange teachers, mentor teachers, administrative representatives, and U.S. schools and districts are eligible and encouraged to apply for Critical Language Project (CLP) grants. These projects may range from $500 to $3,000 and are designed to complement the TCLP experience by contributing to the enhancement of critical language programs in U.S. schools and furthering the teaching of English, Arabic, or Chinese as a Foreign Language in the home countries of the international alumni. In addition, Critical Language Projects promote mutual understanding and lasting relationships between program alumni and their U.S. colleagues.

    Please see below for upcoming CLP GRANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES:

    Round 12: November 30, 2016
    Round 11: March 31, 2017

  • The Critical Language Projects support Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) alumni and institutions with funding for projects that enhance Mandarin and Arabic learning programs in the United States as well as the teaching of English as a Foreign Language in the home countries of international alumni. These projects may range from $500 to $3,000 and are designed to complement TCLP goals by providing funding for alumni activities that increase capacity building and collaborative ideas for teaching and classroom projects. Critical Language Project grants promote mutual understanding and productive and lasting relationships between program alumni in the U.S., China, and Egypt.

    Please download the CLP Abstracts to read about previously awarded Critical Language Projects.

  • This is a presentation about how I benefited from working through the TCLP in the USA schools concerning the best practices of student-centered instruction. The presentation emphasizes the importance of student-centered instruction and frankly reveals the difficulties which teachers face in the Egyptian classes when they want to make their classes student-centered. It also gives solutions and suggestions to overcome these difficulties. The presentation is supported by short video extracts from my classes in Plymouth, USA and Behera, Egypt when I tried to achieve student-centered activities.

    Ez Eldin Salem (2010), Egypt

  • Through this presentation, I will show  the audience my experience of student-centered teaching in my elementary school in China. First, we will talk about the differences of student-centered teaching between China and the US. Then I will show you how I organize the student-centered teaching in an elementary school class. The teaching plan and the learning materials will give the audience more suggestions and ideas on classroom activities, school based curriculum planning.

    Zhang Juncheng  (2012), China

  • Movies offer an unbeatable combination of real-world language in context and cultural information integrated with text and image. In this session, we will experience how to choose and evaluate films to use as assessments and learning activities in the classroom. We will also learn how to prepare and plan the film unit including choosing a good film, establish the baseline for the unit aligned to learning objectives.

    Marwa Elgezery (2012), Egypt

  • Join the conversation! Meet your friends and colleagues in China and Egypt for a Two-Day Virtual Conference about Student-Centered Teaching on January 14 and January 15, 2014 at 3pm in Egypt and 9pm in China. Presentations will last for 30 minutes and there will be time for discussions after. Sessions will be recorded. To attend the conference, just follow these links and turn on your speakers:

    January 14:  Featuring Ez Eldin Salem and Zhang Yong

    January 15:  Featuring Marwa Elgezery and an Audience Discussion about your successful student-centered teaching approaches in China and Egypt