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On April 26, 2012, the Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) channel will premiere a documentary featuring participants from the Exchanges for Culture, Education and Leadership program (ExCEL). Funded by the U.S. State Department, the documentary shares the experiences of Lithuanian high school students studying in the U.S.
Tang Beiyi is no stranger to teaching an unfamiliar language. But usually she teaches English back home in Chengdu, a city of 14 million and growing in southwest China. This year Beiyi finds herself in Willmar, teaching Mandarin to Willmar High School students. Beiyi describes her students as enthusiastic about their Chinese studies, and she said the interest in Chinese culture is clearly spreading beyond those enrolled in her class. Published in MPR News online. Read the article.
Why is it surprising that Denise Tatum is an accomplished Chinese instructor? She has not followed the typical path of an English teacher, mother of two, and a part-time Wal-Mart hairdresser. However, last summer, the Nevada teacher completed her fifth Chinese immersion program by participating in American Councils' Intensive Summer Language Institute (ISLI) for Chinese Teachers. By providing advanced Chinese and Arabic training, the ISLI program enables passionate teachers like Denise Tatum to cultivate critical K-12 language programs in the U.S.
February 14, 2012, Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program alumni from Ukraine to Kyrgyzstan facilitated a range of activities to celebrate Valentine's Day in their local communities. FLEX alumni taught the value of kindness to elementary school children, shared American traditions with their countrymen, raised funds to support disabled children, and disseminated knowledge about HIV/AIDS across communities in Eurasia.