Improving critical language skills of students in the U.S., Egypt and 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
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 our school's cultural learning a bus will be organized to transport families to Chinatown for the event. Families will sign up on a first come, first serve basis with up to 50 people on the bus. After the parade, students and families will be able to explore Chinatown and eat at a restaurant with food from the Sichuan Province. This learning will impact even more students with photographs and story sharing by the students during class.
Critical Language Project
2 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
2 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
2 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.
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.
Conference
4 months 1 week ago
TCLP Alumni from around the world met for a two-day virtual conference on Global Competence and Project Based Learning (PBL). Day 1 featured a training by The Longview Foundation’s Executive Director Jennifer Manise and Day 2 featured engaging presentations by Alumni on how they use PBL in their classes. The sessions were facilitated by TCLP staff and featured alumni guests from China and Egypt.  Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Global Competence and Project Based Learning I Teacher trainer Jennifer Manise discussed how to bring global themes into every classroom and every subject, as well as strategies for implementing project based learning.  Thursday, December 13, 2018: Global Competence and Project Based Learning II TCLP alumni Jia Lili (2015-2016), Howida Hassan (2017-2018), Chen Jinyun (2013-2014) and Adel Ghattas (2017-2018) shared how they have used project based learning in their classrooms in China and Egypt to empower students and enhance their learning.   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 view in China: Day one: https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzk2MzQ1Mjk2MA==.html?spm=a2hzp.8244740.0.0 Day two: https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzk2MzQ2MjcwMA==.html?spm=a2hzp.8244740.0.0 To download conference resources, please visit: https://www.adrive.com/public/AcRMMY/2018%20Alumni%20Conference%20-%20Gl... Please view the attached flyer for further details about the conference and biographies for the presenters and click the following link for PPTs and Resources from Presenters: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dd0l6m89i26dsdx/AABBHdjbQ041Ey8_5y3ujqhra?dl=0   The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education.

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