Increase mutual understanding between U.S. and exchange teachers schools and communities

Critical Language Project
3 weeks 4 days ago
Ezzat Hassan (2015-2016) will be leading a field trip for students at his home school, Gesfa Secondary School for Girls, to Cairo to visit sites of cultural and historical interest. During this field trip, students will have the opportunity to practice English in a particular context. Prior to the field trip, students will have the opportunity to learn about American culture through webinars held by teachers at Ezzat's host school, Mentor High School. Following the field trip, Egyptian students will share their experiences on the trip with students in Arabic classes at Mentor.
Critical Language Project
3 weeks 5 days ago
Sean Fredericks (2016-2018), a mentor teacher from John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School in Staten Island, New York, received a CLP grant to take, with Adel Ghattas (2017-2018), the 34 Arabic students at Lavelle on a field trip to the United Nations in Manhattan. The field trip will occur in 2018, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On this field trip, students will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the United Nations and Middle East Policy from a UN representative. Students who attend the field trip will then share their experiences with their community at the Lavelle International festival.
Critical Language Project
3 weeks 5 days ago
Abdelhady Ali (2008-2009) received a CLP grant to found an American Culture Club at Gharbiya STEM School in Tanta, Egypt. Through this club, 100 students will have the opportunity to learn about American films, food, games, dance, music, sports, and holidays, as well as other elements of American culture. Students will also have the opportunity, as part of the American Culture Club, to attend workshops and field trips. Additionally, the club will purchase quality instructional materials to promote the English language program at the school. Through this club, students will be engaged in the study of English through experiential learning and be inspired to continue their study of the language. Students will not be the only beneficiaries; faculty and staff members of the school will also have the opportunity to participate in club activities, as well as community members and teachers from other schools. The club will therefore serve to promote the cultivation of a multicultural educational environment in Tanta.
Critical Language Project
5 months 2 days ago
Mentor teacher Debby Page (2016-2018) and exchange teacher Li Chunping (2017-2018) will organize a unit for Mandarin Chinese students, Chinese Enrichment Club members, and other students in related arts classes, focusing on the story and science behind the ten life-size Terracotta Warriors of the First emperor. This CLP will be an exploration of Chinese culture, history and language. Using Google Earth they will “fly” from Coventry, Connecticut to Xi’an, China and explore the Terracotta Warrior pits. Chunping will guide students in a virtual field trip as they visit the online the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an. Students will evaluate and analyze information found in print and multimedia resources. The highlight of the unit will involve students traveling to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to experience the interactive exhibit on the Terracotta Warriors. While in Philadelphia, students will participate in a docent led tour of Chinese art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will visit Chinatown to partake in an authentic Chinese meal. Working as a class students will develop a presentation on the Terracotta Warrior which will include a Google Slides presentation, the development of travel brochure, a short video, and segments that will highlight Chinese art and history. In addition, with the guidance of the art teacher, students working in small groups will create life sized papier-mâché Terracotta Warriors. The finalized presentation will be given at a school assembly, PTO Meeting, and a televised Board of Education meeting. At each of these events, teachers and students will highlight the advantages of the study of Chinese language and culture.
Critical Language Project
5 months 2 weeks 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
5 months 2 weeks ago
With funding from a CLP grant, Cui Yi (2017-2018) hosted the Chinese Culture Festival at Suder Montessori School in Chicago, Illinois. This was an opportunity for students to showcase their work and for parents and community members to see the positive impact the Mandarin program has on their school. The festival activities focused on the traditions of the Chinese Spring Festival and utilized musical and art performances by students, as well as classroom activities, to highlight the progress students have made throughout the year.
Critical Language Project
5 months 2 weeks 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
5 months 2 weeks ago
Adel Ghattas (2017-18) received a CLP grant to conduct a project that will expose his Arabic students to a culturally rich work of art whose main theme is the character of the individual Egyptian, the musical: The Band’s Visit. This Broadway musical is based on a movie that tells the story of an Egyptian Police Marching Band that becomes lost in Sinai and ends up in a remote town in Israel. They are hosted by an Israeli lady who owns a restaurant and spend a night with Israeli citizens. It is about the tension that arises from the political conflict versus the human connections that form when individuals meet at a human level. It is about unfulfilled dreams of characters on both sides, and what they have in common although they are supposed to be enemies. It is about tolerance and acceptance. Students will watch the movie and discuss its characters and the theme. They will also work with Mr. Ghattas and their global history teacher to research background information about the history of the Egyptian-Israeli conflict and will learn the Arabic conversations that take place in the movie, learning parts of the script by heart to perform it later at their school's International Day celebration. Students will also attend a live performance of the musical on Broadway and eat at an Egyptian restaurant in New York City.
Critical Language Project
1 year 4 months ago
Madison East High School and Plymouth High School co-hosted 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 gave each class individual time with him. Mr. Hegazy stayed primarily in Madison and traveled to Plymouth for one week each month. This CLP made it possible for Mahmoud to travel and teach at Plymouth.
Critical Language Project
1 year 5 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.

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