Twenty four teachers from China and Egypt have arrived in the U.S. to teach Mandarin and Arabic in U.S. elementary and secondary schools. They are participating in the Department of State’s Teachers of Critical Languages Program.
Their program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, begins in Washington, D.C. July 23 with a two-week orientation session introducing the teachers to U.S. educational issues and teaching practices.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs Meghann Curtis will welcome the group at the Department of State on July 24th. She will be joined by the President of American Councils for International Education
Dan Davidson.

Launched in 2006, the Teachers of Critical Languages Program has brought more than 150 international teachers to over 85 U.S. host schools in 33 U.S. states. The program brings teachers from China and Egypt to eligible U.S. elementary
and secondary schools to teach Chinese and Arabic for an academic year. American students benefit from having native Chinese and Arabic speakers in the classroom and from a broadened curriculum in these critical foreign languages. The international teachers
experience American society and return to their home countries with a better understanding of American culture and values.


  1. Language is basically a medium for communication and every language has its importance. Arabic is important because most of the religious transcripts are in Arabic. At the time of independence Arabic was proposed as a national language in Pakistan I think this would have been a very good decision as language is one of the barriers among Muslim counties. On the other hand if we see Arabic parallel to English and other international languages a lot of research needs to be done.