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Welcome to the Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE)

If any word can capture the essence of the world today, it is ‘change.’ The changes are rapid and the world is increasingly fluid rather than rigidly divided as in earlier times, creating both opportunities and tensions. As citizens of today’s world continue to interact in virtual, physical, social, economic, and political arenas, the demands for the ability to speak additional languages continue to grow more dire. As a predominant medium of communication, knowing a foreign language is key not only to improving the life quality of mankind but also in resolving political and economic conflicts, thereby promoting peace and prosperity worldwide.

The Center’s core mission is two-fold:

a) to promote and enact top-notch teacher training activities, effectively addressing critical demands for qualified teachers of Chinese and English, especially in Asia, the Middle East, South America and the US;

b) to pursue classroom-based inquiries that would enrich the Center’s teacher-training activities and contribute more broadly to the general understanding of foreign language learning and teacher preparation.

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Currently Accepting Applications

The 2020-2021 TCSOL One-year Certificate Program in New York City is currently accepting applications. Please click here to learn more about the program and direct inquiries to


CIFLTE 2020 Summer TESOL/TCOL Dual Certificate Program in Macau | Osaka is currently accepting applications. Please click here to learn more about the program and direct inquiries to


The CIFLTE One-on-One Language Learning Program (Spring 2020 module) is currently accepting inquiries. The main language offered is Chinese Mandarin. If you are interested in learning Mandarin or wish to learn other languages, please send inquiries to


In the News

Interview with Cong Dong (TCSOL alumna; Current TCSOL instructor): WeChat PostCong Dong Interview

TCSOL Students' Interview: WeChat Post | 2019 TCSOL Student Interview (in English)

 CIFLTE Public Talks - Complex Dynamic Systems: Putting the psychology of the learner into motion by Prof. Peter MacIntyre

 TCSOL One-Year Program: 2019-2020 Orientation

 2019 CIFLTE Summer Programs: BeijingOsaka

Interview with 4 CIFLTE Alumni: MA TESOL/Applied Linguistics students/alumni sharing their TCSOL experience [WeChat Post] | CIFLTE TESOL/AL Alumni Interview (in English)

Interview with 3 CIFLTE Alumni: From TCSOL to  Master of Arts in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at Teachers College [WeChat Post] | CIFLTE BBE Alumni Interview(in English)



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Box: 66

Teachers College, Columbia University
360 Grace Dodge

Phone: 212-678-8378 OR 212-678-4051   


Signature Events

CIFLTE 2019 Beijing Summer Program Documentary

TCSOL 2019 - Graduation

CIFLTE 2018 - Osaka Summer Program

CIFLTE 2018 - Open House

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