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BYU's David M. Kennedy Center seeks people to teach in China

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University is seeking qualified couples and individuals to teach at highly respected universities in the People's Republic of China during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Most teachers are hired to teach oral and written English, but there is still a need for professionals experienced in linguistics, business, law, economics, science, culture and literature. Advanced degrees in any field are preferred by the Chinese universities. All classes are taught in English and no formal training in teaching or the Chinese language is required.

All applicants must be active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, be in a secure financial situation, have university degrees, have excellent emotional and physical health, be age 69 or younger by March 1, 2008, and have no childcare responsibilities. Teachers are expected to show high moral values, professionalism and integrity.

Applications for the 2008-09 academic year are due Friday, Feb. 1, 2008. The David M. Kennedy Center nominees’ names will be sent to Chinese universities around March 1. Assignments are for 11 months beginning in August with a two-week orientation at BYU. The training includes a 100-hour, TEFL training program at the David M. Kennedy Center prior to leaving for China. While in China, teachers will also attend a mid-year in-service conference in Hong Kong to exchange teaching materials and assess progress.

Participants will have a rare opportunity to teach Chinese university students, experience a year living in China, absorb the ancient and modern culture of Asia and contribute to building a relationship of trust between two great nations. There are currently teachers at 21 partner universities in nine cities in China. Since 1989, nearly 1,000 people have participated in the program.

Applications may be obtained by writing to China Teachers Program, David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, Brigham Young University, 220 HRCB, Provo, Utah, 84604; (801) 422-5321;, or online at

Writer: David Luker

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