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Canyons Seeks Host Families For 2 Chinese Teachers

Canyons District seeks host families to help two teachers from China acclimate to their new surroundings for the first four weeks they are living in the United States.

The duration of the stay in the host families’ homes would be Aug. 7 to Sept. 4.

The host families will act as a support system for the guest teachers – Yuling Tang, who will teach at Alta and Jordan high schools, and Wei Quin, who is assigned to Indian Hills Middle School – while they become familiar with the Salt Lake Valley, look for permanent housing and adjust to life in an American city.

Host families are compensated $500 for room and board and asked to share the evening meal with the Chinese faculty  to answer any questions the teachers may have about the local culture. The host families would not be required to provide daily transportation nor entertain their guests during the day. The teachers will be busy preparing for the start of the school year.

The District, however, asks host families to be at an orientation and greeting at the University of Utah on Aug. 7.

If you have questions or are interested in serving as a host family, please call Canyons District’s Department of Evidence-Based Learning at 801-826-5045. Emails can be directed to kina.tua@canyonsdistrict.org.

Canyons District supports two elementary school Mandarin Chinese-English dual-immersion language programs and Chinese instruction at all four high schools and six middle schools.

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