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Critical Language Project
6 days 10 hours 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.
Conference
1 month 2 weeks ago
 TCLP Alumni, please complete the alumni conference survey by clicking the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCLPAlumniConferenceSurvey2016  The 4th Annual TCLP Virtual Alumni Training Conference took place on December 15 and 16, 2016   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
8 months 1 week ago
Xia Zhi, former TCLP Teacher, was awarded a CLP grant to support an immersive exploration of Chinese history and language with his students. Xia Zhi decided to set up this project with his students to focus on the name “China” and delve into the origin of this and other Chinese words. The students did research, interviewed experts, and proved the result of the research. Xia Zhi and his students used the research to develop a book for the school's library. Students learned how to conduct research, assess the outcome of the research, cooperate, and communicate with other people. Student got and in-depth perspective of the origins of Mandarin Chinese words and language to expand their Mandarin reading and speaking skills.
Critical Language Project
8 months 1 week ago
Gu Zhen, Current TCLP Teacher, will hold a Chinese language and learning festival at her host school Wright Elementary. The purpose of this project is to engage every student in Chinese culture. Every class will perform on stage and further participate in several cultural activities. There will be Chinese culture display at the school that will include posters on topics such as cuisine, festivals, costumes, movies, traditions, and places of interest. The introduction of culture through posters will be followed by a school and community wide celebration. Kindergartners and first graders will perform Chinese songs. The second grade will do an exhibition show and display: Chinese fans,lanterns, knots, masks, chopsticks, boats, pictures, and couplets. Fifth Graders will present a play about a Chinese legend. The teachers will wear Chinese traditional clothes and also be part of the event. Third grader will work with coaches on field day and they will supervise Chinese sports and activities such as playing ping pong and jumping among the bamboo. Gu Zhen will invite students from other schools and people in the community to be a part of the celebration as well. She expects students and the Fort Walton Beach community will learn a lot about Chinese heritage and language.
Critical Language Project
8 months 1 week 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.
Conference
10 months 2 days ago
 Welcome to the Alumni Conferences Section of the TCLP Website   TCLP organizes annual conferences for alumni to share and discuss educational best practices in teaching critical languages, developing programs, and effective projects in cross-cultural exchange.   Click on the previous events links to learn more!   Each year, TCLP staff and alumni meet virtually and focus presentations on a specific topic of great interest and benefit to alumni.  If you are interested in a particular topic for the next Virtual Alumni Training Conference please share with us!   Send an email to TCLP with specific topics or ideas you would like to see and why. We look forward to hearing your suggestions!
Critical Language Project
10 months 2 days ago
Tan Jin, former TCLP Exchange Teacher, was awarded a CLP grant to support her efforts organizing and conducting the annual Chinese New Year Event at Naselle Grays River Valley School. This year, the event was combined with celebrations for the Chinese Spring Festival Temple Fair. The whole community and outlying areas were invited to this event. Guests enjoyed authentic Chinese food, traditional games, sports, art projects, and the lion dance. Additionally, Tan Jin continued to build awareness of Chinese culture and Mandarin language through her after-school club. Students participating in the club explore in greater depth Chinese culture, art, and language. Parents were also be able to sign up for cooking classes once a month.
Critical Language Project
10 months 2 days 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.
Conference
11 months 5 days ago
 The 3rd Annual TCLP Virtual Alumni Training Conference took place on February 24 and February 25, 2016   Alumni from China, Egypt, and the United States met for a two-day virtual conference on developing and delivering trainings for students and peers. Each day included presentations and scheduled time for Q&A.   The featured presentations were conducted by TCLP Alumni  Wednesday, February 24, 2016: Peer/Teacher Training TCLP alumni Chen Jinyun and Mohamed Mehanny (2013-2014) discussed how they have used their experiences from their time in the United States to develop and deliver trainings to their colleagues in China and Egypt.  Thursday, February 25, 2016: Student Training TCLP alumni Mohamed Hassan and Fu Ailing (2011-2012) discussed how they have used their TCLP experiences to develop unique student trainings after returning to China and Egypt.   Each day, the sessions lasted for an hour and included speaker presentations and group discussion. To view the recordings, click the links above.   Please view the attached flyer for further details about the 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 1 month ago
TCLP host school alumna Roslynne McCarthy from the Center for Global Studies in Connecticut was awarded a CLP for a student collaborative project called Sister-schools: Expanding the Student Dialogue. The goal of this project was to create and implement a curriculum of personal interactions among students at the Center for Global Studies and Al-Salam Private Language School in Tanta, Egypt with the expertise and input of TCLP 2008 alumnus Mr. Emil Markos. As a result of his TCLP year, his host school at CGS and his school in Egypt, the Al-Salam Private Language School, became sister-schools. Two groups of American and Egyptians students have already visited each other’s schools and communities, and the plans will continue. In addition to these once-a-year visits, this project facilitated on-going opportunities for students from both countries to connect with one another, practice their language skills, deepen their understanding of Egyptian/American culture and events, use technology in innovative ways, and forge personal relationships with international friends. The beneficiaries of this project were current students in the two schools, including the 55 students currently studying Arabic in CGS. The CLP allowed for a curriculum to be created, the educator’s to be trained in the appropriate technology to implement the curriculum which includes electronic interaction (email), video-conferencing through Skype, and other interactions through Voice Threads, podcasts or student-made movies.

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