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Chinese Guest Teacher and Trainee Program

The Chinese Guest Teacher and Trainee Program is designed to help U.S. schools develop Chinese language and culture study programs and to promote international exchange between the United States and China. Made possible through a collaboration between the College Board and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the program has grown to be the largest Chinese visiting teacher program in the U.S. Each year, the program serves hundreds of K–12 schools and districts nationwide and reaches tens of thousands of U.S. students.

The Program provides U.S. schools with two hosting options:

Launch or Expand your Chinese Program: Host a Teacher

Since 2007, the College Board has brought more than 900 Chinese language and culture teachers to classrooms across the nation.

This program provides an experienced language teacher from China to fill full-time Chinese language instruction positions in a host school or district for a period of one to three years. The guest teachers have at least three years of teaching experience, and go through a rigorous selection and training process before arriving at the host schools. Participating institutions are responsible for providing a partial salary to the guest teacher, and the remainder is subsidized by a stipend from Hanban.

Key benefits of hosting a guest teacher for schools and students include:

  • Host schools can start or expand a Chinese language and culture program at a reasonable cost.
  • Students learn authentic Chinese language and interact with a native Chinese instructor.
  • Schools can lay a foundation for offering AP® Chinese classes in the future.
  • Chinese guest teachers can assist in curriculum development, program expansion, and partnership creation.

For more information on hosting a guest teacher, see our Guest Teacher FAQs.

Enrich your Chinese Program: Host a Trainee

The Trainee Program provides districts and schools that have existing K–12 Chinese programs with the opportunity to welcome a Chinese teacher-in-training who can enrich classroom instruction and expand cultural activities.

This program places trainees at U.S. host institutions for one school year. Trainees are recent graduates from TCFL (Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language) programs in China who specialize in learning how to teach Chinese language and culture in second language settings. Host schools provide a special professional growth opportunity to trainees, and at the same time, enhance their own Chinese programs with trainees’ language and cultural expertise.

Trainees cannot serve as full or part-time teachers of record or staff; their activities include observing experienced instructors and collaborating with teachers to integrate Chinese language and cultural content into the school curriculum and local community. Participating institutions are responsible for providing trainees with a structured, multi-phase training plan and complimentary housing and transportation; Hanban provides trainees with a monthly stipend.

Key benefits of hosting a trainee for schools and students include:

  • Schools enhance their Chinese language programs by providing on-site training to a Chinese teacher-in-training who participates in classroom, after-school, and extracurricular Chinese offerings, and conducts cultural activities to foster interest among students and the larger community.
  • Students gain a valuable opportunity to interact and practice their language skills with a native Chinese speaker.
  • The trainee can offer cultural knowledge and resources in Chinese classes and other subjects.
  • Host institutions can strengthen a pipeline of students to enroll in AP® Chinese classes in the future.

For more information on hosting a teacher-in-training, see our Trainee FAQs.

Take this chance to bring innovative international programs into your school and community, and build up your Chinese program offerings efficiently and affordably.

Application instructions for the 2016-17 school year coming soon. Please check back.

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From Participating Schools

"The College Board Chinese Guest Teacher Program is an incredible opportunity for providing Mandarin Chinese instruction and learning about the culture of China. The quality of our guest teachers has been first-rate and the program has greatly enhanced our international education efforts."
James J. Paces, Shaker Heights City School District (Shaker Heights, OH)

"The Gunnery has reaped many benefits from its participation in the College Board Chinese Guest Teacher Program. It allowed us the chance, as a small school, to build a powerful Mandarin curriculum that takes talented beginners all the way to the AP® level in four years. Mr. Wu is so charismatic and open to new people and experiences that I think it is safe to say that he is probably one of the few faculty members that the entire student body knows within the first few weeks of school."
Eileen Kelly-Aguirre, The Gunnery (Washington, CT)

"I could not be more pleased with the College Board Chinese Guest Teacher Program. Our teacher has been excellent and has given our students an amazing start to their immersion education. She is pleasant to work with and our students, teachers, parents and community value her work. She is one of the best teachers I have worked with. What a wonderful opportunity we have been able to provide to our students!"
Vonzaa Hewitt, Stewart Elementary (Centerville, UT)


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