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Critical Language Project
4 months 2 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
8 months 3 weeks 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
9 months 1 week 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
9 months 1 week 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
9 months 2 weeks 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.
Critical Language Project
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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
2 years 6 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.

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