Improving critical language skills of students in the U.S., Egypt and China

Critical Language Project
3 months 1 week ago
Mohamed Etify received a CLP grant to establish the Horus Club, an Arabic language and culture club for students at Anne Chesnutt Middle School. Through the Horus Club, students will have the opportunity to learn more about the target language and culture through virtual and in-person exchanges with another Arabic class in the district, ordering food at local restaurants in the target language, visiting museums, and performing folk dances.
Critical Language Project
3 months 1 week ago
John Pecoraro received a CLP grant to support a field trip for Chariho Regional High School. Students visited a Chinese market and purchased items for their graduation ceremony. Students appeared to enjoy this, as it was a different experience than they were accustomed to in their home town. After the Chinese market, we went to the Rhode Island School of Design to tour the Chinese portion of the Asian art galleries. Students were able to view and appreciate various works of art, and also document the artwork using the walkthrough reflection tool. After the museum tour we walked to a nearby Chinese restaurant to partake in an authentic dining experience. The total result of the trip promoted enrollment in Chinese 1 at the high school, as we will have three classes worth of students versus a single class this year.
Critical Language Project
6 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 was part of our school’s project “Tiger Fest.” On the day of the celebration there were events to attract students and community members. They were able to taste Chinese food like dumplings and Tanyuan and have some tea with the food. They made art crafts, such as papercutting, Chinese knotting, lanterns, and hanging ornaments. They were also able to try calligraphy by writing spring couplets and Fu sign. During the celebration there was a display of students’ work and a performance for the audience, showing what the students have learned in Chinese class and club. We also conducted a field trip to Chinatown on February 5th to watch the New Year Parade and enjoy authentic Chinese food.
Critical Language Project
6 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
6 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 demonstrated what a traditional Chinese fair is like. There was food, snacks for sale, and Chinese dumpling tutorials. There was also an arts section where participants learned to write Chinese calligraphy, brush painting, papercutting, and how to paint a Peking Opera mask. In additional, there was a variety of performances such as a Chinese dance call guozhuang, Chinese children’s songs, and martial and Tai Chi performances. There was some traditional Chinese sports for participants to join in on, like shuttlecock and long rope jumping. There was prizes for those who did well in these activities.
Critical Language Project
6 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 included a guest speaker, exhibits of students’ work, music, and performances. Before the celebration, students and teachers worked in the language club to learn songs, dances, and other performances. The long-term objectives were 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
6 months 3 weeks ago
Chen Ken (Moos Elementary School, 2018-2019) and Rafael Jimenez (Moos Elementary School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to attend a Chinese New Year’s Parade on Sunday February 10, 2019. As part of the school's cultural learning, families visited Chinatown for the event. After the parade, students and families explored Chinatown and ate at a restaurant with food from the Sichuan Province. This learning impacted even more students with photographs and story sharing by the students who attened the trip during class.
Critical Language Project
6 months 3 weeks ago
Zou Feili (Bodine High School for International Affairs, 2018-2019) and Kasey Trapp (Bodine High School for International Affairs, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to hold a "Lunar New Year Celebration." Through the project funds they organized an after-school event open to all students and faculty members at Bodine High School for International Affairs. The event was primarily organized and implemented by current Chinese 2 students. Close to 80 Chinese 2 students not only prepare for the event in learning more about Chinese language, culture, and history in the classroom, but they were also responsible for decorations, set-up of the event, and running each of the activity stations. The project was meant to enhance students' understanding of Mandarin through cultural connections and encourage a deeper connection with the language itself through culture. Over 100 students participated in the event. The Lunar New Year Celebration increased students' investment in continuing to take Mandarin, thereby further empowering them in the future to become successful in today's continuously globalizing world and the global market.
Critical Language Project
6 months 3 weeks ago
Bridget Veitch (LaSalle Language Academy, 2018-2019), Kong Yanli (LaSalle Language Academy, 2018-2019), and Wang Xia (LaSalle Language Academy, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for LaSalle Language Academy to hold a Spring Festival Celebration to teach the students and parent community about the Chinese New Year. The Spring festival at LaSalle will include student performances, authentic Chinese performers, a raffle, and silent auction items. It served the dual purpose of starting a fundraising campaign to help finance a potential TCLP teacher for LaSalle for the 2019/20 school year. Almost all the students of Mandarin performed in the event, and they took pride in rehearsing and performing. Over 300 people attended and the event was successful in raising funds for the school to get a TCLP teacher in 2019-2020.
Critical Language Project
6 months 3 weeks ago
Zhao Xin (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) and Roxana Rivero-Taube (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to hold a Chinese New Year Celebration for the students, teachers, parents, faculty, community members, and guests. From a series of activities, like lectures, assemblies, cross-culture fair, and Chinese Club, the people in the community will get a basic understanding and full engagement of Chinese Culture. The idea to spread the knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture, history, and traditions, as well as the language to the community at large in order to increase people's interest in Chinese culture and language learning. We will focus on the activities in Plantation Middle School as well as activities in elementary schools and high schools.

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