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DRACUT — Dracut High School will welcome a teacher from China, who will spend the next full academic year teaching both Mandarin and Chinese history and culture at the school.

Li Li has been awarded a fellowship from the U.S. Department of State to participate in the 2012 Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP). She is one of 24 teachers who have been selected from China and Egypt for participation. She will also work with students in grades K through 8 as part of the grant’s outreach initiative.

TCLP is designed to increase the study and acquisition of important world languages in U.S. schools. This program enables primary and secondary schools to strengthen their teaching of critical languages by bringing Egyptian and Chinese teachers to the U.S. to teach Arabic and Chinese language for an academic year.

In addition to teaching their native languages, TCLP exchange teachers expand the understanding of the world in their U.S. host communities by establishing strong ties with teachers, students, parents and members of community, and by sharing information about their home countries and cultures. At the same time, teachers gain first-hand knowledge of the United States to share with students and fellow teachers in their home countries.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.