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Chinese Guest Teacher Program

Helping schools launch excellent, sustainable Chinese language programs

The Chinese Guest Teacher Program places experienced language teachers from China in Western New York schools to help establish and build sustainable Chinese language programs.

Currently, UBCI supervises 15 guest teachers in 12 schools and school districts in the Buffalo Niagara region and two visiting professors at UB.

The guest teacher salary, international travel, housing allowance, and SUNY health insurance are paid by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). The teachers work in the United States on J-1 visas. The Institute for International Education (IIE) is the designated sponsor for K-12 teachers.

The teachers are recommended by Confucius Institute Headquarters from a pool of candidates who go through an intensive screening process. UBCI and local schools interview candidates by skype, and the schools select the teachers with input from UBCI.

The UB Confucius Institute

  • Assists schools in the selection of qualified teachers
  • Helps schools prepare visa-related paperwork required to bring teachers to the United States
  • Provides orientation and regular workshops to help teachers acclimate to U.S. schools
  • Supervises teachers during their stay and provides professional development opportunities

The schools/districts

  • Obtain appropriate visas for their incoming teachers
  • Appoint a logistics person to help the incoming teacher settle in Buffalo
  • Appoint a faculty mentor for the guest teacher
  • Provide supportive evaluation of the teacher’s work
  • Develop a plan for creating a sustainable Chinese language and culture program as part of the regular curriculum

Usually the initial agreement between UBCI and the school/district is for 2 years. At the end of the first 2 years, UBCI can arrange for a second guest teacher. There is no definite end date for a school in the program, although UBCI expects schools eventually to establish the Chinese language program on a permanent basis by hiring a regular, certified Chinese language teacher.

To help fulfill the growing demand for Chinese language teachers, UB launched a Chinese language certification and M.Ed. program in fall 2015.

Schools that host Chinese guest teachers have the opportunity to partner with UBCI to host an Experience China Summer Camp. UBCI can provide partial funding, materials and volunteer support for one or two-week camps. Schools hire the head teacher and provide facilities for the camps.