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Expand teaching of critical foreign languages in the U.S. and/or in Egypt, China

Critical Language Project
1 week 6 days ago
Bridget Veitch received a CLP grant to assist with the hosting of the Spring Festival at LaSalle Language Academy in Chicago, Illinois. The Festival will build community support for the Mandarin program at the school. The objectives of the evening are that the performing guests will educate parents about Chinese traditions, and the student presentations will showcase their talents and demonstrate how much they have learned in class. A short term goal is for parents to be able to experience the successes of the current program by witnessing the progress made by their own children and the long term goal is that they will see the importance of helping to support a future TCLP teacher for the school.
Critical Language Project
1 week 6 days ago
This CLP, awarded to Li JIng (2017-2018) is designed to support Nasalle Grays River Valley School's Chinese Exhibition Show. The show will be open to parents and community members and will feature three parts. Students learning Mandarin at the school will first performances traditional Chinese dances, including a fan dance, ribbon dance, and lantern dance, all set to Chinese songs. The second part of the show will be an exhibition of students’ work,including students’ calligraphy, drawing, crafts and researches about China. Finally, the evening will end with students' sharing what they have learned about Chinese food and sampling traditional Chinese dumplings made by students and parents at the school.
Critical Language Project
2 weeks 3 days ago
Ivy Yiu, mentor teacher at North Warren Regional, won a CLP grant for students enrolled in Chinese 1 classes to attend a field trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to see the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit. Upon returning from the trip, students will research the history of this part of Chinese history and develop a presentation to share with the entire school community. The presentation will be made available for the entire student community during unit lunch. Students will also utilize the augmented reality app available from the Franklin Institute for other students and attendees who could not join the field trip and utilize technology to view the Terracotta Warriors. The presentation will be conducted using "centers". Attendees will have the opportunity to lean about the Chinese language, practice speaking phrases, create their own Chinese names, practice Chinese calligraphy brush writing and learn to read the characters. The augmented reality viewing will be another activity center. The scope of the project will be expanded to include local elementary and middle schools as permissions for visits are received.
Critical Language Project
12 months 20 hours ago
Ms. Qu Bingbing, along with fellow TCLP alumni Xing Yali, and Sun Qi organized a workshop with two English Language Fellows from the U.S. and shared advanced teaching methodologies and effective English teaching techniques to English teachers in Tangyuan, Huanan and Jiamusi, China. The highly successful workshop provided professional development for over 350 English teachers in Qu Bingbing's hometown. The participating teachers had the opportunity to learn about U.S. teaching methodologies, especially students-centered interactive classroom teaching. During the workshop, TCLP English Language Fellows Mr. Sprague and Ms Heidi Jo Bartlett and alumni interact with the teachers on effective and attractive English teaching methodologies and share their best practices in teaching. Furthermore, the workshop benefited the three collaborating TCLP alumni as they honed their peer-training and organizational skills.
Critical Language Project
12 months 2 days ago
Ms. Hamed will organize activities at Highland Middle School around the story of Aladdin using a comparison of eastern and western interpretations in order to build cultural awareness and mutual understanding. As part of the activities she will lead a field trip for students to the Broadway show of Aladdin in New York City. After watching this interpretation of the story, students will watch a movie representing the eastern version of the story. Students will write a review on the show and movie both in Arabic and in English. Students will sit together and decide what part of the story they will act to show the differences between the two versions.   The students will act the scene out for parents at an event called Aladdin Night. This event will be designed to introduce more information about Middle Eastern culture, customs, and food. Students will also design advertisements for the event. They will serve food and tell parents about the different traditional ingredients. Ms. Hamed has developed this project to increase the knowledge and awareness of Arabic cultures and customs, as well as to increase support and enthusiasm for the Arabic program at Highland.
Critical Language Project
1 year 4 days ago
  Yu Aihua, exchange teacher at Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, Arizona, will conduct a project to bring cultural opportunities to students in her Chinese club, the general high school population, and people in the surrounding community. The Chinese club will create eight cultural presentation covering topics such as calligraphy, paper cutting, Beijing Opera, traditional festivals, Chinese history, sports, and cuisine. Each week students will present a new topic along with a hands-on activity during their lunch periods. Ms. Yu aims to have all students at the school benefit through the research and presentation of her Mandarin students. In total, the students will conduct eight presentations at the school, and will additionally visit different venues in the community to present these topics to a broader audience, including nearby schools, the public library, and a local senior center. In February 2017, students will take a field trip to the Phoenix Cultural Center, where they will display and present their work as part of a Chinese New Year celebration. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in many cultural activities and experience Chinese traditions first-hand during this culminating event.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 week ago
  Shi Cuilian (2016-2017), with assistance from Development Director Jennifer Hughes, will hold a Dragon Boat Festival at the Learning Community Charter School (LCCS) in New Jersey this spring. This event will give students and parents the opportunity to expand, broaden, and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture and language. The festival will incorporate music, dance performances, arts, crafts, and food. Leading up to the event, fourth grade students will study a unit about the Dragon Boat Festival and its inspiration, poet Qu Yuan, and will collaborate with students from a school in Tianjin, China. The LCCS 4th Grade students will spend part of May creating projects about Qu Yuan while the Chinese student participants will create corresponding works about a noteworthy American poet. As part of the festival, LCCS will present their Qu Yuan projects and display those made by their Chinese peers. The LCCS Dragon Boat Festival project will culminate in a field trip for current Chinese language students.
Critical Language Project
1 year 10 months ago
Ni Fenfen, former TCLP Exchange teacher, received a CLP Grant for a project for students to do an in-depth exploration of Chinese culture and art. The project involved two field trips to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The first field trip included a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum to see Chinese art treasures, and students also participated in a Chinese Culture & Cuisine festival. Through this field trip, students were given the opportunity to cultivate appreciation for Chinese art, had access to stunning Chinese cultural activities in the festival, and enjoyed authentic Chinese food. The second field trip included a visit to the University of Arizona to take part in their Chinese Health Day, which included activities like exhibitions, games, musical performance, Chinese lion dance, dance performance, fashion show, Chinese martial arts, lecture, and a Chinese proficiency competition. Students were given a deeper understanding of Chinese medicine and health philosophy. In addition to the field trips, the project supported developing teaching and learning materials for the Mandarin classes and the Chinese Club: "Joy Luck Club", in the hope of enhancing club members’ awareness of Chinese culture. The Joy Luck Club organized a New Year celebration in Mingus Union High School cafeteria to enhance the local community members’ awareness of Chinese culture. Teachers, office staff, students, parents, sister school students, and parents and other community members were invited to take part in this celebration. Through the club activity they hoped to get more students learning Mandarin next year and also let more community members know about Chinese culture.
Conference
1 year 11 months ago
 The 3rd Annual TCLP Virtual Alumni Training Conference took place on February 24 and February 25, 2016   Alumni from China, Egypt, and the United States met for a two-day virtual conference on developing and delivering trainings for students and peers. Each day included presentations and scheduled time for Q&A.   The featured presentations were conducted by TCLP Alumni  Wednesday, February 24, 2016: Peer/Teacher Training TCLP alumni Chen Jinyun and Mohamed Mehanny (2013-2014) discussed how they have used their experiences from their time in the United States to develop and deliver trainings to their colleagues in China and Egypt.  Thursday, February 25, 2016: Student Training TCLP alumni Mohamed Hassan and Fu Ailing (2011-2012) discussed how they have used their TCLP experiences to develop unique student trainings after returning to China and Egypt.   Each day, the sessions lasted for an hour and included speaker presentations and group discussion. To view the recordings, click the links above.   Please view the attached flyer for further details about the the conference and biographies for the presenters.   The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by American Councils for International Education.
Critical Language Project
2 years 1 week ago
Sophia Griffies was awarded a grant on behalf of Audubon Charter School in New Orleans, which began their new Mandarin program by hosting TCLP Chinese exchange teachers during the 2013 and 2014 school years. Through the CLP funds the school hosted a Chinese New Year celebration in 2015 for families and community members. The event showcased Chinese language and culture and included Chinese decorations, a student parade and Chinese dance performance, and tents featuring Chinese food tastings, art, and music. The goals of the project were to 1) increase awareness of, and appreciation for, Chinese language and culture; 2) increase knowledge of Chinese customs, art, music, dance, and food; and 3) build excitement for Chinese language and culture educational programs. Long-term goals were to: 1) increase the likelihood that graduating students will continue their Chinese education upon entering high school if the option is available and 2) build long-term support for Audubon’s Chinese program. The program was an overall success! The school proudly hosted a two-day event with multiple activities serving 800 students, approximately 100 staff and faculty, and approximately 60 parents. Students and parents responded positively to the event. A wide array of Chinese activities were offered, ran smoothly and were well organized.

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