Participate in Chinese guest teacher & trainee program

The College Board Chinese Guest Teacher and Trainee Programprovides opportunities to pilot or expand Chinese language and culture programs in Maine elementary, middle and secondary schools during the 2013-14 school year.

The application deadline is Jan. 30, 2013. The Maine DOE collaborates with the College Board, the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages, and Hanban (National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Beijing) on this program, which serves hundreds of K-12 schools and districts throughout the country.

Host a Teacher

More than 700 experienced Chinese language and culture teachers have taught in classrooms across the nation through this program over the past six years. Guest teachers fill full-time Chinese language instruction positions in the host school or district for one to three years. They have at least three years of teaching experience and have gone through a rigorous selection and training process before being placed in U.S. schools.

Participating institutions are responsible for providing a partial salary to the guest teacher, which is subsidized by a stipend from Hanban. Additional requirements for participating Maine school districts include:

  • payment of $100 application fee for an International Visiting Teacher Permit issued by the Maine DOE Teacher Certification office
  • payment of $55 fee for a Criminal History Records Check (fingerprinting)
  • payment for a telephonic or computerized ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) if required for teacher certification due to the guest teacher’s credentials
  • payment of expenses for guest teacher to attend the annual Foreign Language Association of Maine (FLAME) Conference held in Portland in March 2014.

Two Maine schools/districts participate in the program this school year.

Host a Trainee

The Trainee Program provides districts and schools with existing K-12 Chinese programs the opportunity to host a Chinese teacher-in-training—a recent graduate from TCFL (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) programs in China. Trainees participate in supervised professional training at schools, collaborating with teachers of record to integrate Chinese language and cultural content into the school curriculum and the local community. Participating institutions are responsible for providing trainees with a structured, multiphase training plan and complimentary housing and transportation; Hanban provides trainees with a monthly stipend.

Bring a native Chinese speaker to your classrooms and have your students and faculty be part of an international exchange. Find out more and apply at

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