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

Critical Language Project
4 weeks 22 hours ago
Ms. Qu Bingbing, along with fellow TCLP alumni Xing Yali, and Sun Qi will organize a workshop with two English Language Fellows from the U.S. and share advanced teaching methodologies and effective English teaching techniques to English teachers in Tangyuan, Huanan and Jiamusi, China. The local English teachers will have the opportunity to experience a new professional development style that is different from their traditional trainings. The workshop will be interactive and trainee-centered just as the alumni apply strategies they experienced during their TCLP experience in the US.
Critical Language Project
1 month 1 day 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 month 1 week 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 month 2 weeks 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
11 months 1 week 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 1 week 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
1 year 1 month 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.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month ago
Chen Jinyun, a 2013 Chinese alum from Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus, in Nanjing, China, received a CLP grant to organize TESL professional development for ESL teachers at her home school. The project included school community conferences, regional conferences and national conferences, faculty visits to other schools for English class observations, presentations at regional teaching events, teaching competitions, school-based training sessions, and international video conferences with Dracut High School (Ms. Chen’s host school). The project allowed Ms. Chen to share fresh ideas from her experience of teaching in the U.S. and inspire teachers to reflect on existing teaching methods and change them to be more interactive and engaging. Workshops directly helped teachers in devising curricula, designing lesson plans, giving differentiated instruction, making SMART objectives and assessments, and learning more student-centered teaching methods and class management strategies. Moreover, launching international video conferences with her host school in the U.S. was a new communicative experience for teachers, which provided them with more opportunities to ask questions and learn from others. Research seminars provided more teachers with opportunities to learn different assessment methods.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month ago
  TCLP exchange teacher Chen Fangfang received a CLP grant to help establish and provide resources for a Chinese Club that focused on exploring Chinese culture at Roosevelt Elementary School. 60 Students in grades K-2nd and 3rd-5th participated in sessions of five weeks. The grant provided materials for small group instruction based on Chinese arts, sports, and traditions. Additionally, the grant provided necessary materials for students to prepare an outreach experience for their families at an evening celebration of Chinese culture as well as outreach to other schools and community sites. Many of the items that this grant provided became part of the school’s Chinese language program for future students in the program.   Club activities culminated in a family event night in May 2014 called Chat ‘n Chew that featured the club members sharing what they have learned about Chinese culture. At the event the Kenosha, Wisconsin community were shown calligraphy, watched a shadow puppet show and learned about their Chinese zodiac.   Additionally, students shared what they have learned through outreach by visiting other district schools. Students also were part of three performance teams that preformed outreach: a short fan team, a tai chi team and a songs team. They traveled by bus to two elementary schools and one senior living center to perform. The Roosevelt Chinese Club opened a door for the local community into Chinese culture.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month ago
  Stacy Lyon, a mentor teacher for TCLP participant Munir Gomaa at Renaissance Academy in Lehi, UT received a CLP grant to host a Bedouin Fair for the school community to kick off their annual “World Language Week” for 2013. Through the support of the grant, the school set up a fair with a live camel, Arabic music, potted palms, bread baking, belly dancing, and booths with activities led in Arabic.   In addition to being open to all community members, Arabic speakers from a nearby charter school that works with many refugees were invited to take part in the festivities and interact with the rest of the community. This provided an opportunity for Renaissance students to practice their Arabic with heritage and native Arabic speakers and get to know exchange students in the area.   The Bedouin fair aimed to increase interest in Arabic language at Renaissance Academy through engagement in authentic, interactive activities. The 2013 event was one of the most successful that the World Language Team had conducted over the past few years with double the average attendance equaling about 500 participants including 60 volunteers from 4 other high schools, PAX, and BYU.  

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