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

Critical Language Project
3 months 2 days ago
TCLP alumnae Tan Lihua received a Critical Language Project grant to host a Chinese Culture Day at the Applied Technology Center where she currently teaches students from Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina. The event will allow current Mandarin students to showcase their knowledge, and inspire other students in the district to study Mandarin. The focus of the program will be the Mid-autumn Festival, Chinese food, Chinese traditional arts, including calligraphy and traditional painting, and Chinese ethnic dress. Using the cultural resources, students will learn about vocabulary, techniques, Chinese history and the diversity ethnic groups culture. She will also invite a calligrapher from the Overseas Chinese Culture, Athletic and Arts Federation (OCCAAF) to demonstrate and teach Chinese calligraphy and traditional painting.
Critical Language Project
6 months 2 weeks ago
The project will help students get introduced to Ancient Egyptian history. Students will visit the planetarium to see how astronomers in Ancient Egypt made the solar calendar and how they told time by stars. They will also explore temples and tombs of the ancient world through the hall of ancient Egypt exhibit. They will learn about mummification and the advanced scientific methods to study mummies through the mummies of the world exhibit. They will delve into cultural practices and clothing of the ancient Egyptians. During cultural comparison activities students will use Arabic vocabulary which will improve their reading and their writing skills.
Critical Language Project
6 months 3 weeks ago
Madison East High School and Plymouth High School will be co-hosting TCLP teacher, Mahmoud Hegazy, for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. Both high schools previously hosted TCLP teachers for Arabic and continued their programs through facilitated language class where students study an Arabic curriculum independently, participate in weekly skype sessions from university tutors, and communicate with local Arabic speakers. In order to generate further enthusiasm for both programs the school developed a unique schedule for Mr. Hegazy that will give each class individual time with him. Mr. Hegazy will stay primarily in Madison and will travel to Plymouth for one week each month. This CLP will make it possible for Mahmoud to travel and teach at Plymouth.
Critical Language Project
6 months 3 weeks ago
Mr. El-Dwiny, along with the faculty and staff at John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School, will host an international festival with an emphasis on the Arabic world. Mr. El-Dwiny plans for the festival to provide cross-cultural outreach to students, parents, the community, principals from other schools and local media. He and his students will organize exhibitions on Arabic culture and history, a fashion show of Arabic clothes, music, and videos showing Arabic and Middle East culture. There will also be talks on the importance of studying Arabic from the principals of the school, his mentor teacher, himself and his Arabic students. The festival will include Arabic food, writings in Arabic for the audience, and other activities. The Arabic students will perform a play in Arabic as well as sing songs in Arabic. They will teach other students Arabic vocabulary during the day.   Mr. El-Dwiny’s Arabic students will also take part in an innovative effort to engage students a Lavelle with Arabic culture through popular Arabic music. Prior to the festival event, the Arabic students will study the music of the Middle East with the world renowned New York Arabic Orchestra. Over the span of six weeks, music teachers will work with the students, strengthening their Arab language skills through lessons on musical instruments and the history of Arab music. Then on the day of the festival, the students will have a recital before their family, friends, and peers. The Arabic International Festival will support the school's goal of bringing awareness about the importance of studying Arabic to the community at large. This project also intends to encourage understanding among diverse cultures and to motivate students to study Arabic as well as to increase the number of the students who want to study Arabic.
Critical Language Project
6 months 3 weeks ago
Mr. Ali will develop an American Cultural Club at Gharbiya STEM School in Tanta, Egypt. This project will include various activities, experiential learning and direct interaction that will motivate and inspire students in their English learning. The CLP funding will be used to bring the American English and culture to Egyptian students. The club will be one of a kind in Tanta, Egypt. The American Cultural Club will strive to reinforce tolerance for all people within the community and school. The American Culture Club will provide students with engaging workshops, learning materials, resources, and fieldtrips for members. Mr. Ali hopes that the American Cultural Club will enhance his student’s cultural experiences through American films, cuisines, and games. As part of the club’s activities he will arrange a visit to the American University in Cairo to meet and discuss with American professors and other Americans.
Critical Language Project
6 months 4 weeks ago
TCLP mentor teacher Deborah Page and exchange teacher Gu Wenming will organize a celebration of the Spring Festival at Captain Nathan Hale Middle School. The event will involve students in Mr. Gu’s Mandarin classes, students who participate in the Chinese Enrichment Club, and other students in related arts classes and culinary clases. Students from the nearby High School and pre-school will all be invited to attend. The event will focus on Chinese culture and language and students will take part in Chinese songs, dances, and performances. There will also be stations for participants to try calligraphy, Tai Chi, dumpling making, tea ceremonies, and Chinese vocabulary activities. Prior to the festival Mandarin students will embark on a field trip to New York City where they will experience Chinese culture first hand. They will go to the Metropolitan Musem of Art to view the largest collection of Chinese art outside of China and tour Chinatown and enjoy an authentic Chinese meal. They will take what they learned and apply it to the development of activities at the Spring Festival.
Critical Language Project
6 months 4 weeks ago
Having already started the Chinese club, once every week after school, Ms. Huang will organize a school-wide International Festival. Every student at Envision Science Academy’s middle school will sign up for a country and they will work in groups to represent different countries in different rooms. Students from the Chinese club will be the Chinese representatives and show fellow students what they have learned about China and Chinese culture.
Critical Language Project
7 months 6 hours 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.
Conference
8 months 2 weeks ago
Alumni from China and Egypt met for a two-day virtual conference on Leadership in Education. Each day included dynamic round-table discussions on Educational Leadership. The sessions were facilitated by TCLP staff and featured alumni guests from China and Egypt who have achieved leadership positions in their schools, departments, and districts.  Thursday, December 15, 2016: Leading in Your Educational Community I TCLP alumni Yu Meihong (2008-2009), Samar Abdelfatah (2015-2016), Yu Yifang (2009-2010) and Mohamed Abdelsamad (2011-2012) discussed leading by example in your educational community, how to advocate for change in your school, and resources and best practices to cultivate leadership skills.  Friday, December 16, 2016: Leading in Your Educational Community II TCLP alumni Ezzat Gadelmola (2010-2011), Zhang Hong (2009-2010), Hanan Gawdet (2012-2013) and Cheng Ye (2011-2012) shared how they are using their international experiences as school leaders and best practices for effective leaders.   Each day, the sessions lasted for an hour starting at 3:00pm in Egypt, 9:00pm in China, and 8:00am (EST) in the U.S.   To watch each day of the conference click on the following links:     To access in China please use the following links:http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTg3MzQ0NTU5Ng (Day One)http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTg3NDkxMDU0MA (Day Two)   Please view the attached flyer for further details about 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 3 months ago
Amany Kasab, current TCLP Exchange Teacher, was awarded a CLP grant to support her efforts organizing a double field trip in New York for her U.S. students and in Cairo for her Egyptian students. Students in New York will visit the Metropolitan Museum and will have a traditional Egyptian lunch in an Egyptian restaurant. Students will explore ancient Egyptian culture and practice conversational Arabic in real life situations. Students in Egypt will visit the Egyptian Museum and interact with tourists in English. They will also write a paragraph in English about their trip and present it to the class. After the field trips, students will make a photo gallery in their schools to show other students their experiences. The photo galleries will be used to generate interest in the target languages of Arabic and English. A virtual meeting will be held between the two schools for the students to engage in cross-cultural discourse.

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