Teachers of Critical Languages Programme 2023-2024 for Arabic Teachers (Fully-funded to the U.S.)

Teachers of Critical Languages Programme 2023-2024 for Arabic Teachers (Fully-funded to the U.S.)

Deadline: January 9, 2023

Applications are open for the Teachers of Critical Languages Programme 2023-2024 for Arabic Teachers. The Teachers of Critical Languages Programme (TCLP) is designed to increase the study and acquisition of important world languages in U.S. schools.

This programme enables primary and secondary schools to strengthen their teaching of Arabic by bringing teachers from Egypt and Morocco to the U.S. to teach their native languages and culture for an academic year. The exchange teachers receive on-going methodological observation and training opportunities, live and work in an immersive English environment, and receive a certificate of participation following their exchange.

The Teachers of Critical Languages Programme is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST) in Egypt and the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) in Morocco.


TCLP is funded through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and provides: 

  • J-1 visa support; 
  • A pre-departure orientation held in the participant’s home country; 
  • Round-trip travel from each participant’s home country to and within the U.S.; 
  • A nine-day welcome orientation in Washington, DC; 
  • A teaching assignment of approximately 10.5 months in a U.S. host school; 
  • Professional development workshops; 
  • Accident and sickness health benefit; 
  • Assistance with finding housing, generally arranged by the U.S. host school/educational community; 
  • Living stipend of approximately $20,000; and
  • Housing in the form of a monthly housing allowance for the duration of the programme, calculated based on average housing prices for the assigned host community.


Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, sexual orientation or gender. Competition for the TCLP is merit-based and open to anyone who:

  • Is a citizen of Egypt or Morocco who currently resides in Egypt or Morocco; 
  • Is currently a full-time teacher of English as a Foreign Language or Arabic as a Foreign Language in a primary or secondary (K-12) school in Egypt or Morocco;
  • At the time of application has at least four years of full-time classroom teaching experience;
  • Is prepared to teach for the entire U.S. academic year with leave time limited to school breaks;
  • Has a firm understanding of Modern Standard Arabic (fus’ha);
  • Has at least a bachelor’s degree;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the programme;
  • Is proficient in written and spoken English; and
  • Has submitted a complete application (Egypt: please see Application Checklist; Morocco: contact [email protected]).

Selection Criteria

The U.S. Department of State and American Councils will convene an independent panel to review the applications on the basis of the following:

  • Professional and educational experience and achievements; 
  • Demonstrated leadership potential; 
  • Preparedness (including maturity, flexibility, and ability to function independently) for an intensive academic year in the U.S.; 
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to current pedagogy and willingness to adapt methodology; 
  • Willingness to co-teach in the U.S. classroom; and
  • Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S. and Egyptian/Moroccan educational institutions and schools. 


To be considered complete, all applications must include:

  • An Exchange Teacher Application Form; 
  • An essay that includes detailed answers to all questions;
  • Transcript(s)/teaching certification(s); 
  • A resume written in English that is no more than two pages long; 
  • A recent passport-size photograph of the applicant; and
  • One completed recommendation form from a person who is the applicant’s supervisor and is familiar with his/her professional work; it cannot be written by a family member. Recommendations must be submitted with the application by the application deadline date. Recommendations submitted separately or submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Provide an English translation of the recommendation letter if it is not written in English. The translated letter does not need to be certified or notarized but should be clearly marked as a translation.

The application deadline for Arabic exchange teachers is January 9, 2023 at 5:00PM Egypt Time and 3:00PM Morocco Time.

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For more information, visit TCLP.