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NATICK - When she vacationed in China last year, Kennedy Middle School Principal Rosemary Vickery noticed many Chinese spoke English. Returning to the United States, she said she noticed comparatively few Americans speak Mandarin. "It's starting to become more (popular)," said Vickery, who serves on the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Global Education Advisory Council. "Middle schools are starting to offer it." This fall, Natick will launch a Mandarin program at the high school and Kennedy and Wilson middle schools, as two teachers from China join the faculty for the year.
On August 14, 2012, four U.S. high school students arrived in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program. The group of 17-year-old students will spend the next 10 months living in Sarajevo where they will be immersed in Bosnian culture, live with host families, and attend an international baccalaureate program at a local Bosnian school. Upon arrival, the students were welcomed by host families, staff from American Councils for International Education’s Sarajevo office, and representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On May 30, 2012, American Councils for International Education held a reception to thank its partners and to invite U.S. colleges and universities to learn more about its programs and initiatives. The reception took place in the House of Blues Foundation Room during the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) 64th Annual Conference and Exposition in Houston, Texas, held May 27–June 1, 2012. American Councils has been attending and holding events at NAFSA annual conferences for over a decade, and this year’s reception received record-breaking attendance with over two hundred guests.
On July 24, 2012, twenty-four teachers from China and Egypt were welcomed at the U.S. Department of State by Deputy Assistant Secretary Meghann Curtis. The teachers visited Washington, DC for a two-week orientation program designed to prepare them for a yearlong teaching experience in the U.S. Ms. Curtis briefed the group of teachers on the current state of foreign language learning in the U.S. and offered advice on how to effectively teach U.S. students. American Councils' President Dr. Dan E. Davidson echoed Ms. Curtis’ words and warmly welcomed the teachers to the U.S.