My host family, the Browns, is a great family. They are very nice and helpful to me. Charles is a geologist and we are both history buffs, which makes for great conversation. We have plenty to talk about when it comes to history, religion, politics, sports, and so on. He is always adding to my vocabulary. He has already taken me to two football games. He has also made a great effort to explain the rules of football to me. While I don’t understand all of the details yet, I understood which side won! I try to help out as much as I can with work around the house. I frequently help Charles trim the hedges and mow the lawn.

His wife, Linfei, is a Chinese American from Shanghai. Just like Wu Laoshi, she works hard in her garden every morning. She also often treats me to a home-cooked Chinese dinner.

Their son, Roland, is brilliant and talented. He is in eleventh grade at Cascia Hall but is already taking advanced classes at Tulsa University.

This is a great family. I think they are as happy with me as I am with them.

U.S.-China Teachers Exchange Program

U.S.-China Teachers Exchange Program

Between 1996 and 2014, the U.S.-China Teachers Exchange Program, established with funding from the Freeman Foundation, sent American K-12 teachers to China and brought Chinese secondary school teachers to the United States. Since the program began, 116 American teachers taught in Chinese secondary schools, and 332 Chinese teachers taught in American elementary, middle, and high schools. The Chinese teachers typically spent a school year teaching Chinese language and culture or English as a second language in American schools across the country.

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