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TCLP at A Glance

This video introduces the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) and its mission. TCLP is funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education.

January 2014 Video Highlights

Teachers this month show off an outreach presentation for elementary students, a lesson using animal motions to help remember animal vocabulary in Arabic, a competitive review game for Chinese, and charades to get students to speak in full sentences.

December 2013 Video Highlights

December's video highlights include teaching Chinese through the "Bunny Hop" dance, listening to students practice the different masculine and feminine jobs in Arabic, student presentations about family, listening practice using fruits and numbers, and finally a trip to a museum!

November 2013 Video Highlights

Arabic and Mandarin students across the country in Maryland, Ohio, Colorado, Louisiana, and Indiana showed off their new language skills with the help of their TCLP teachers.

October 2013 Video Highlights

This month, TCLP teachers' students interviewed school staff members in Mandarin, played vocabulary games in Arabic, and integrated music and singing into their lessons as they learned reviewed phrases in Mandarin.


September 2013 Video Highlights

TCLP teachers start their new school years with interactive activities as they connect with their new students.

Michelle Kwan Welcomes TCLP Exchange Teachers

Senior ECA Advisor and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan greeted 17 teachers from China and Egypt at American Councils this July. The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) exchange teachers were in Washington, D.C. for a 10-day orientation program designed to prepare them for a yearlong teaching experience in the U.S.

Ms. Kwan, a five-time figure skating world champion and previously a State Department Public Diplomacy Envoy, noted similarities between her experiences working with international student leaders, and the journey upon which the TCLP teachers were about to embark. She expressed her appreciation for the important work the international teachers would accomplish this year, encouraging them to "let this be a year that you inspire hundreds, thousands, because this is really a ripple effect of students". American Councils' President Dan Davidson echoed Ms. Kwan's words and warmly welcomed the teachers to the U.S on their first day in Washington, D.C.

April 2013 Video Highlights

TCLP teachers present some of their best lessons as they finish up a successful year in their US classrooms.

March 2013 Video Highlights

March video highlights feature charismatic TCLP teachers showing off some of the most engaging lessons of the month!

February 2013 Video Highlights

TCLP teachers show off what they did for outreach and classroom lessons during February. Keep an eye out for activities related to Chinese Spring Festival!