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The University of Texas at Tyler, City of Tyler Partner to Provide Teaching Opportunities in Japan for Alumni

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September 7, 2017

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler and the City of Tyler Sister Cities Program collaborate to provide an opportunity for university alums to teach in Japan.

Participants will serve as assistant English language teachers in junior high classrooms for the Yachiyo City Board of Education.

"The Yachiyo Board of Education seeks female UT Tyler graduates with a bachelor's degree in education, English or Asian studies for their Assistant Language Teacher Program," said Dr. Teresa Kennedy, professor and The University of Texas at Tyler Intensive English Language Institute executive director. "While the teaching contract with the Yachiyo Board of Education is technically for one year only, the Yachiyo Board of Education offers opportunities for teachers to renew their contracts for up to four years."

The salary is about $29,000 a year, after taxes, plus round trip airfare, paid insurance, 20 days of paid vacation, a bicycle for local transportation and subsidized housing.

Those interested are encouraged to email SisterCities@tylertexas.com to obtain criteria information and application forms.

The University of Texas at Tyler has been involved with Sister Cities for more than 20 years. Kennedy currently serves as vice president of the Tyler Sister Cities Program. She has assisted with the Yachiyo language program for the past two years. For more information, visit the sister cities information page.

Tyler Sister Cities is a non-profit citizen diplomacy network dedicated to creating partnerships between Tyler, Texas and cities worldwide. Tyler Sister Cities are located in Liberia, Costa Rica; Jelenia Gora, Poland; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and Lo Barnechea, Chile; in addition to Yachiyo, Japan. For additional information, visit Tyler Sister Cities.

Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan serving as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in programs in 140 countries on six continents.

One of the 14 campuses of the UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at The University of Texas at Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 10,000 high-ability students. The University of Texas at Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.

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