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

Critical Language Project
2 months 3 weeks ago
Wu Ning (Ewa Makai Middle School, 2018-2019) and LeeAnn Manuel (Ewa Makai Middle School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The celebration will be part of our school’s project “Tiger Fest.” On the day of the celebration there will be events to attract students and community members. They will be able to taste Chinese food like dumplings and Tanyuan and have some tea with the food. They will make art crafts, such as papercutting, Chinese knotting, lanterns, and hanging ornaments. They will also be able to try calligraphy by writing spring couplets and Fu sign. During the celebration there will be a display of students’ work and a performance for the audience, showing what the students have learned in Chinese class and club. We will also conduct a field trip to Chinatown on February 5th to watch the New Year Parade and enjoy authentic Chinese food.
Critical Language Project
2 months 3 weeks ago
Shen Yan (Tonopah Valley High School, 2018-2019) and Michael Valdez (Tonopah Valley High School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for a Chinese New Year Week. The event was held during Spring Festival. Chinese teacher organized the celebration of this festival with students, teachers, and parents from the U.S. host school. The Chinese New Year Week lasted for four days. Each day had a different topic for celebration. The first day there was papercutting demonstration. The seconds day was dedicated to a calligraphy workshop to create couplets. The third day dumplings were made by Shen Yan and her students for lunch. The fourth day there was an introduction to traditional Chinese sports. Twenty-one students helped Shen Yan to teach Chinese language and vocabulary related to the four days of activities to over 100 attendees.
Critical Language Project
2 months 3 weeks ago
Bao Qingmei (STEP Academy, 2018-2019) and Marwa Borghol (STEP Academy, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for a Chinese Fair, in which students and faculty will demonstrate what a traditional Chinese fair is like. There will be food, snacks for sale, and Chinese dumpling tutorials. There will also be an arts section where participants can enjoy and learn to write Chinese calligraphy, brush painting, papercutting, and how to paint a Peking Opera mask. In additional, there will be a variety of performances such as a Chinese dance call guozhuang, Chinese children’s songs, and martial and Tai Chi performances. There will be some traditional Chinese sports for participants to join in on, like shuttlecock and long rope jumping. There will be prizes for those who do well in these activities.
Critical Language Project
2 months 3 weeks ago
Adbelrahman Dawoud (Baltimore International Academy, 2018-2019) and Henriette Sindjui (Baltimore International Academy, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for an Arabic Week Celebration which will include activities for students in the Arabic immersion program and students and parents in the Arabic Language Club. Activities will include a guest speaker, exhibits of students’ work, music, and performances. Before the celebration, students and teachers will be working in the language club to learn songs, dances, and other performances. The long-term objectives are to insure the sustainability of the Arabic program at school by advertising it and encouraging more students to enroll in the Arabic immersion program next year.
Critical Language Project
2 months 3 weeks ago
Roxana Rivero-Taube (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) and Zhao Xin (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for a Chinese Reading Club for students, teachers, and faculty. From a series of reading activities (such as cross-cultural fair, language art classes, Chinese Club, and Chinese classes) the learners in the community will receive a basic understanding and engagement with Chinese culture. It is intended to increase people’s interest in Chinese culture and language learning. Some of the activities are to continue yearly for the Chinese program. We will focus the activities at Plantation Middle School as well as hosting some activities at the high school and encourage parent involvement.
Critical Language Project
10 months 3 weeks ago
Zhang Wenjie (2017-2018) received, with mentor teacher Ivy Yiu (2017-2018), a CLP grant to hold, at the North Warren Multi-cultural fair, an event that will introduce the folk art of Chinese fan-making to the school district and community. As part of the FANtasy project, students enrolled Mandarin I and those in the North Warren Chinese Club will perform a traditional Chinese fan dance and sing a traditional Chinese folk song. Students attending will have the opportunity to learn and share about the cultural meanings and history of Chinese paper fans by painting fans, using the techniques of calligraphy and ink-wash painting. Additionally, students will also have the opportunity to make a digital fan through a cellphone application and to make posters for the event. This event will serve to promote the development of the incipient Mandarin Chinese program in the school district through engaging cultural activities.
Critical Language Project
1 year 2 months ago
Mentor teacher Debby Page (2016-2018) and exchange teacher Li Chunping (2017-2018) organized a unit (using the Franklin Institute's Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor K-12 Educators' Guide) focused on the story and science behind the terracotta warriors, exploring Chinese culture, history and language with their students. Working with library media specialists at their school, Ms. Page and Ms. Li Chunping guided students in a virtual field trip to the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an, China. Additionally, students evaluated and analyzed information on the topic found in print and multimedia sources. 50 students then participated in a field trip to the Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the Franklin Institute, they explored the interactive Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, students participated in a docent led tour of Chinese art. Students then visited Philadelphia's Chinatown to partake in an authentic Chinese meal. Following the field trip, students engaged with focus questions and worked collaboratively to create a class presentation and video which was shared at grade level assemblies. The video was also shared at the school-wide Morning Show, a reception for Board of Education members, and a PTO Meeting, providing an opportunity for students to highlight the advantages of studying Chinese language and culture in order to promote support for the Chinese program and to encourage enrollments. .
Critical Language Project
1 year 3 months ago
Bridget Veitch (2016-2018), a TCLP mentor teacher at LaSalle Language Academy in Chicago, Illinois, used the CLP grant she received to organize the first Spring Festival held at her school. The event significantly raised awareness of Chinese Language education at the school and showcased student dedication, involvement, and learning, promoting community building around Chinese language and culture. Over 300 attendees joined the festivities, a very strong showing in comparison with other types of the “language events” sponsored by the school. Nearly 100% of the Mandarin language learners performed in some way at the event and students took pride in their participation. Parents were also proud of their children’s participation and are now even more motivated to support the school’s Mandarin program
Critical Language Project
1 year 3 months ago
This CLP, awarded to Li Jing (2017-2018) supported Nasalle Grays River Valley School's Chinese Exhibition Show on February 24, 2018. The show was open to parents and community members and featured three parts. Students learning Mandarin at the school performed traditional Chinese dances, including a fan dance, ribbon dance, and lantern dance, all set to Chinese songs. The second part of the show had an exhibition of students’ work from the 4th and 5th grades, including students’ calligraphy, drawing, crafts and research about China. Finally, the evening ended with students sharing what they have learned about Chinese food and sampling traditional Chinese dumplings. Overall, 80 students participated in the 7 dances in the show and in the creation of 9 Chinese Cultural Boards for the cultural exhibition. 15 parent group volunteers also participated.
Critical Language Project
1 year 3 months ago
Ivy Yiu, mentor teacher at North Warren Regional, was awarded a CLP grant to take students enrolled in Chinese classes, as well as students in the Chinese club, on a field trip to Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Students who participated in the field trip then collaborated with Mrs. Yiu and the 2017-2018 exchange teacher Zhang Wenjie to plan a week-long Discover China! event held at the school in order to raise awareness and enthusiasm about Chinese language and culture and the North Warren Chinese program. Students then led "learning centers" at the event which provided their peers with the opportunity to learn about different elements of Chinese language and culture. Each day of the event had a particular focus, showcasing a variety of aspects of Chinese culture, history, and traditions throughout the course of the week. These themes, purposefully thought-out to highlight specific cultural lessons for the school community members to learn about, included the terracotta warriors, the Chinese New Year, the zodiac, calligraphy, paper cutting, paper lanterns, and using chopsticks. Having Chinese club members and students from Chinese language classes help facilitate the event and serve as cultural ambassadors helped increase student interest in enrollment in Chinese language classes and participation in the Chinese club. Many staff and teachers also attended the Discover China! event, increase the awareness of Chinese language and culture at the school.

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