please contact the current coordinator, Ms. Weihua Zhu:

The ZSP, established by WCCEC and educational institutions in China, is
designed for native speakers of English who want to learn more about the
Oriental Culture, to study Chinese and to gain some experience in teaching
EFL. There is no restriction on the applicant's nationality, school
affiliation, program and major, or Chinese language proficiency. The
program offers an opportunity for the participants to live in China for one
year with all expenses paid.  Each participant is provided with (a)
round-trip travel expenses (US departure point to destination); (b) room
and board; (c) minor medical insurance during the program period; (d) a
monthly stipend of RMB 2000 yuan (more than the monthly salary of a local
university professor); (e) a paid vocation in winder during the Chinese New
Year; and (f) a paid cultural tour at the end of the program. For more
information, please contact Professor Hong Jiang, ZSP Coordinator, by email
( or regular mail at WCCEC, 548 Crown Point Court, Buffalo
Grove, IL 60089, U.S.A.

Hong Jiang

    Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 01:09:15 -0500
    From: Hong Jiang <>

        Here's the last update for the Zhonghua Scholarship Program before
the application deadline (4/1/99 by post mark or fax). A brief description
for the Program is attached at the end of this message for those who missed
the announcement. You can also contact WCCEC directly for the original
announcement and earlier updates.

COLLEGE CREDITS: Since this is a program that requires no financial
responsibility from U.S. colleges and universities, it depends on the
individual school to decide whether or not the credits will be accepted.
It is most likely, however, to be exempted from certain courses due to the
increase of proficiency in Chinese after learning Chinese in China for one
Those who would like to prove their Chinese proficiency to their home
school can take a proficiency test through WCCEC, which will also provide
an official letter in support of such an effort.

can bring their spouses with them at their own expenses. Housing will be
provided by the host school in China. It is the responsibility of the
participant for other living expenses and medical insurance.  Since such
expenses may differ from place to place, it is not clear at this stage how
much it will be. Spouses who are also native speakers of English, if
qualified, are encouraged to apply for participation in the program as

ORIENTATION PROGRAM: The one-week orientation program, required by host
institutions in China, is designed to help program participants prepare for
a more fruitful stay in China and to help them adjust quickly in a foreign
culture upon their arrival. Lectures by invited speakers include "Cultural
issues in language learning", "Teaching EFL in China", "Language
proficiency and language learning", and "Language learning framework and
self-managed learning".  Among the briefings given at the Orientation are
the various issues related to the country's education system, tourism,
local geography, linguistic typography, customs and culture, legal issues
for foreigners, methodology in language learning, living in China, and so
on. A Chinese proficiency test will be administered and EFL teaching
practicum will be arranged during the Orientation. Accommodation during the
training and all materials will be provided for all registered participants.

   Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 02:42:20 -0500
   From: Hong Jiang <>

        Here's the 2nd update for the Zhonghua Scholarship Program (ZSP). A
brief description for the ZSP is attached at the end of this message for
those who missed the announcement. If answers to your question are not
included in this update, it will most likely appear in the next one
(3/15/99). Thank you for your patience.

        TEACHING EFL VS STUDYING CHINESE: The ZSP is a cultural exchange
program that combines studying abroad, teaching and cultural education. The
focus is to explore alternative ways of learning Chinese that emphasizes
language acquisition in its natural contexts rather than formal classroom
instruction, to provide an opportunity for teaching practicum and to
promote cross-cultural understanding. The amount of EFL teaching time is
between 12 to 14 hours per week to K-12 students, while scheduled time for
studying Chinese (one tutor per student) is 8 hours. Yes, training in EFL
is included as part of the orientation. Quite a few ZSP participants so far
were actually ESL teachers who wanted to learn more about China.

        LINGUISTIC ENVIRONMENT: The immediate linguistic environment for
the ZSP is always Mandarin Chinese, so is the language used by the personal
tutor. Participants also have a choice to study Cantonese. The larger
linguistic environment will be a mixture of Mandarin and Cantonese.

        MEDICAL INSURANCE: Every participant is covered from September 1st,
1999 to their departure from China for ordinary and reasonable health
related problems. The rules they go by are the regulations governing
medical insurance for all foreigners working in the field of education in
China. It is advised that participants retain their insurance policy here
in their home country in case they have a serious problem and have to
terminate the program to come back to the States for treatment.

        EXPENSES AND TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS: Expenses from each participants
include a $500 fee to defray Orientation cost such as teacher honorarium
and accommodation for the participants. Participants are responsible for
their own visa application fee, which is US$30 (more for one-day service).
WCCEC coordinates all travel arrangements so that all participants will
depart for China at the same time.

        NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AT ONE SITE: To provide peer support, each
host school in China will have a minimum of two participants.

Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 21:22:12 -0600 (CST)
From: hong jiang <>


        Since most people ask similar questions about the Zhonghua
Scholarship Program (ZSP), answers to these questions are provided as
periodical updates (1/15, 2/15, 3/15) before the deadline and posted on
this List, to which the original announcement was posted. A brief
description for the ZSP is attached at the end of this message for those
who missed the announcement.

APPLICANTS/RECEPIENTS RATIO: 4:1 on the average (95-98).

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: The program is open to all native speakers of English
who are interested in China, including graduates, undergraduates and those
without university affiliation. There are no restrictions on country of
citizenship. No proficiency of Chinese is required since each participant
will carry out independent study with a personal tutor and not in a
classroom with others.

LOCATIONS FOR HOST SCHOOLS IN CHINA: Participating schools for the ZSP vary
from year to year. For 1999, most of the participants will go to schools in
Guangzhou (the capital city of Guangdong Province, about two hours from
Hong Kong by train). All the schools have a countryside setting in the
suburbs and not in downtown Guangzhou. Please be advised that the
participants can only go to schools that have accepted them and do not have
a choice of location. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Recommendation letters
should come from people who know the applicant well, including current or former professors or
employers. If applicable, one of the letters should address the applicant's
ability and experience in teaching and/or tutoring, and the other,
experience and interests in China. Ideally, all letters of recommendation
should be sealed and signed by the writer, and be included as part of the
application package. In special cases, it can also be sent to WCCEC
directly with the name of the applicant on the envelop.

STUDENT LOAN: WCCEC will provide a letter of support for those ZSP
participants who need to defer paying back their student loans. Although no
requests from the students have been turned down since the inception of the
program to the best of our knowledge, it is a decision made by each
institution depending on their own guidelines.

DEPARTURE TIME: Approximately August 20 each year.