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Teaching Mandarin in the United States
May 4, 2022

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program places early-career teachers of English at U.S. colleges and universities to serve as teaching assistants for U.S. students studying Mandarin. Twenty to 30 FLTAs are offered work as Mandarin teaching assistants in the US each year. In 2021, this number is expected to increase to 60, largely due to the suspension of the Fulbright programs in China and Hong Kong, plus five additional FLTAs sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). FLTAs also take academic courses in English teaching pedagogy and U.S. studies, and return to their teaching role in their home institutions with improved English teaching skills and a deeper understanding of American values.The Fulbright Scholar Program is also offering research awards in the United States to Taiwan scholars in a variety of fields. Learn More

Sending Mandarin Language Teachers and Teaching Assistants Abroad

The Ministry of Education has formulated regulations on financial aid for teachers and teaching assistants teaching Mandarin overseas, consisting of round-trip airfare, a monthly stipend of US$1,200, and a one-time teaching material allowance of US$300. Under this program, the U.S. host university pays for visa fees and health insurance and provides salary and accommodation. In 2019, the MOE sent 19 Mandarin teachers and 36 teaching assistants to the United States. Learn More