American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce the 2011 Intensive Summer Language Institutes Program taking place next summer in Alexandria, Egypt and Changchun, China. The Intensive Summer Language Institutes provide fully funded fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. The program targets current K-12 teachers and community college instructors of the target languages, as well as students enrolled in education programs preparing them to teach these languages. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and non-native speakers of Arabic and Chinese in order to qualify. This U.S. Government language program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State(http://exchanges.state.gov/) and administered by American Councils for International Education: http://www.americancouncils.org/.
Participants in the Intensive Summer Language Institutes receive ten hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College. Previous program participants have thrived on the Summer Language Institutes’ many opportunities for curriculum building and professional development. The sites in China (Northeast Normal University) and Egypt (Alexandria University), highly conducive to language learning, provide a myriad of activities to encourage language acquisition through cultural immersion. In addition to daily intensive language training, participants enjoy cultural activities and excursions designed to reinforce classroom material. Returned alumni are eligible for additional funding for relevant follow-on activities that promote program goals.
The program application, benefits, and detailed application instructions are located online at http://apps.americancouncils.org/isli2011. In addition to the online form, applicants are asked to provide official transcripts, two reference letters, and a medical form. All materials are due on March 4, 2011.