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

Critical Language Project
4 weeks 17 hours 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
1 month 1 week ago
Bridget Veitch received a CLP grant to assist with the hosting of the Spring Festival at LaSalle Language Academy in Chicago, Illinois. The Festival will build community support for the Mandarin program at the school. The objectives of the evening are that the performing guests will educate parents about Chinese traditions, and the student presentations will showcase how much they have learned in Chinese language and culture class. A short term goal for the project is that it will enable parents to experience the successes of the current program by seeing how their children have been positively impacted by it.
Critical Language Project
1 month 1 week ago
Cui Yi (2017-2018) was awarded a CLP grant to help her host the Chinese Culture Festival at Suder Montessori in Chicago, Illinois. This will be 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 will focus on the traditions of the Chinese Spring Festival and utilize musical and art performances by students, as well as classroom activities to highlight the progress students have made throughout the year.
Critical Language Project
1 month 1 week ago
This CLP, awarded to Li JIng (2017-2018) is designed to support Nasalle Grays River Valley School's Chinese Exhibition Show. The show will be open to parents and community members and will feature three parts. Students learning Mandarin at the school will first performances traditional Chinese dances, including a fan dance, ribbon dance, and lantern dance, all set to Chinese songs. The second part of the show will be an exhibition of students’ work,including students’ calligraphy, drawing, crafts and researches about China. Finally, the evening will end with students' sharing what they have learned about Chinese food and sampling traditional Chinese dumplings made by students and parents at the school.
Critical Language Project
1 month 1 week 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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.
Critical Language Project
1 year 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
1 year 3 weeks ago
Mr. Ali developed an American Cultural Club at Gharbiya STEM School in Tanta, Egypt. This project included various activities, experiential learning and direct interaction that motivated and inspire students in their English learning. The CLP funding was used to bring the American English and culture to Egyptian students. The club was one of a kind in Tanta, Egypt. The American Cultural Club strives to reinforce tolerance for all people within the community and school. The American Culture Club provided students with engaging workshops, learning materials, resources, and field trips for members. Initially the club was planned for 50 students, but 100 students requested to become members of the American culture club. In addition to the students 35 teachers and 45 parents and community members also participated in the club's various activities and got exposed to American culture by acting American scenes, cooking American food, drawing American culture related posters, making presentations about important topics in the US, listening to American music, practicing American dancing and participating in field-trips. As part of the club’s activities Mr. Ali arranged a visit to the American University in Cairo to meet and discuss U.S. culture with American professors and other Americans.These activities motivated students, teachers, and community members to participate and support the American culture club activities.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month 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.

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