Institute of Critical Languages and Cultural Exchange

Dr. Hotard has been organizing group educational tours to Europe and the Middle East since 1993. One of the goals guiding the Institute of Critical Languages and Cultural Exchange (ICLCE) is to provide our American youth with opportunities to engage in cultural exchange programs that will allow them to become proficient in the language and culture they are learning. ICLCE will be offering several programs facilitated by funding from National Security Language Initiative (NSLI). ICLCE will be offering the following NSLI summer language programs: 1. Arabic language programs in Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan. 2. Hindi language programs in India, Bengali, and Urdu. 3. Chinese language programs in Beijing. 4. Turkish language programs in Istanbul. ICLCE plans to provide teacher exchange programs through our American Councils. Professor Hotard has been an avid supporter and active advocate of the great mission of Exchanges Connect and the American Councils. They empower youth and professionals with unique and various opportunities to connect with global citizens around the world. These connections will enable all of us to cooperate and invest in our communities around the world. I urge all of you who visit ICLCE website to join the Exchanges Connect family. www.connect.state.gov Every citizen committed to world peace and global citizenship should become a supporter of the great efforts our American Councils are extending to foster an atmosphere of respect and understanding among all cultures and all countries. www.americancouncils.org Become involved with your local chapter of National Council for International Visitors (NCIV). www.nciv.org The men and women who have graciously dedicated their efforts to making our world a better place to be deserve our support and involvement. I have recently hosted a wonderful group of our international visitors from India who provided me with a great opportunity to learn about the beauty and the rich diversity of India. Thanks to NCIV and to the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council (NOCDC), I connected with great educators and leaders from India, who are willing to cooperate on several research projects and cultural exchange programs that will benefit our global youth.