Awards to the U.S.

Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP)

Description and Purpose

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) is designed to increase the study and acquisition of important world languages in U.S. schools. TCLP brings teachers of English or Mandarin as a Second/Foreign Language from Taiwan to the United States for one academic year to teach Mandarin to American primary and secondary school students and serve as cultural resources for their host schools and communities. Teachers need to be confident using English. Additionally, the capability of teaching simplified Chinese characters and using pinyin in a U.S. classroom setting is a bonus. Teachers receive airfare, a monthly stipend and housing allowance, along with on-going training opportunities and methodological observation.


Applications are open now and due by 10 pm on January 16, 2023 (Taiwan time).


Up to 8 awards




10.5 months


January 16, 2023

Program Components

  • An approximate 10.5-month teaching assignment in a U.S. school
  • Experience American culture and society while sharing Mandarin language and culture
  • Learn about U.S. teaching methodologies and improve English language skills through professional development workshops


Up to 8 awards, subject to the Grant Authorization issued by the Department of State
  • J-1 visa support
  • A pre-departure orientation in Taiwan
  • Round-trip travel from Taiwan to and within the U.S
  • A nine-day welcome orientation in Washington, DC
  • Professional development workshops
  • Accident and sickness health benefits plan during the program
  • Assistance with finding housing, generally arranged by the United States host school/educational community
  • 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
  • Living stipend of approximately $20,000

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are eligible who:

  • Is a resident of Taiwan
  • Is currently a certified, full-time teacher of English as a Foreign Language or Mandarin as a Foreign Language in a primary or secondary (G1-12) school in Taiwan
  • At the time of application has at least four years of full-time classroom teaching experience
  • Is prepared to teach for the entire United States academic year with leave time limited to school breaks
  • Has a firm understanding of Mandarin
  • Can teach Mandarin using simplified characters
  • 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

Applicants are ineligible who:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States, or their spouses
  • Individuals currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the United States
  • Individuals who have applied for United States permanent residency in the past three years
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of Taiwan
  • Ministry of Education officials, full-time principals or educational administrators, full-time teacher trainers, education consultants, university faculty, private English Language tutors

Application Procedure


Please see the Program Page provided by American Councils for International Education.


Complete your application online by January 16, 2023 at 10 pm (Taiwan Time):

Please provide all require documents and complete the online application.


The application process has been completed! Wait for the notification letter!

Selection Procedure



  • January 16, 2023— Application deadline 10 pm
  • January 19, 2023— Technical Review


  • March 22-23, 2023— Semi-finalist interviews in Taipei
  • March 31, 2023— Lists and notification packages sent out to the finalists


  • April 14, 2023— Signed Terms and Conditions Returned

  • April 19, 2023 — American Councils for International Education send DS-2019 to Taiwan


  • June 28-30, 2023— Pre-Departure Orientation


  • August 1, 2023— Arrival in U.S.

Note: All Taiwan grantees traveling to the U.S. must hold a J-type visa for academic and cultural exchange programs.

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Ms. Lisa Lin
Tel: 02-2388-2100 ext. 112