(Seattle, WA)Seven native Mandarin-speaking teachers from China will be working in Seattle Public Schools during the 2010-11 school year as part of the Chinese Guest Teacher Program.

Four of the Seattle Public Schools guest teachers are among 125 newly arrived teachers nationwide, bringing the total number of teachers currently placed at elementary, middle and high schools across the U.S. in 31 states to 170. The remaining three are returning after serving as Seattle Public Schools guest teachers in 2009-10.

(Seattle, WA)Seven native Mandarin-speaking teachers from China will be working in Seattle Public Schools during the 2010-11 school year as part of the Chinese Guest Teacher Program.

Four of the Seattle Public Schools guest teachers are among 125 newly arrived teachers nationwide, bringing the total number of teachers currently placed at elementary, middle and high schools across the U.S. in 31 states to 170. The remaining three are returning after serving as Seattle Public Schools guest teachers in 2009-10.

The guest teachers will work at the school for one school year, and then renew for up to an additional two years if both the school and teacher are satisfied. The Chinese Guest Teacher Program seeks to address the shortage of qualified Chinese teachers in the U.S. and meet the growing interest in Chinese among U.S. K-12 students. 

Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world. It is the national language of the more than 1.3 billion inhabitants of China and millions more ethnic Chinese around the globe.The program represents a unique opportunity for Seattle Public Schools students and educators to learn Chinese and learn about China from a native speaker. In addition, guest teachers assist with curriculum development, student recruitment, and materials development and serve as a cultural resource for other subject areas and for cultural enrichment activities.

For more information about College Board Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives, visit www.collegeboard.com/k12chinese.

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