TCLP Teachers in U.S. and Egypt Connect their Students Online

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Students at John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School and in Alexandria, Egypt discuss their perceptions of America and Arab countries and field trips funded by their teacher’s Critical Language Project grant  

In December, TCLP teacher Mohamed El-Dwiny’s Arabic II students at John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School in Staten Island, New York got the opportunity to connect with their previous TCLP Arabic teacher, Amany Kasab (2015-16), and her English classroom in Egypt over Google Hangout.

In March of 2016, Ms. Kasab received a Critical Language Project (CLP) to take her students in the U.S. and her students in Egypt on complementary field trips to museums in New York City and in Alexandria, Egypt. As the culminating project activity, her students in the U.S. (now taught by Mr. El-Dwiny) and in Egypt connected online to talk in both Arabic and English about learning each other’s languages and their field trips.

Ms. Kasab's Egyptian students asked the American students what they think of the Arab world and the American students asked them how they see America. In addition to discussing their field trips, Ms. Kasab’s students was interested in the portrayal of the Arab world in the social studies class in the U.S. The students and their teachers discussed how each is portrayed in classes and that it is a fair portrayal.

Overall, everyone enjoyed the meeting and the American students were so happy to see and talk to Ms. Kasab again. Many other teachers at the U.S. school stopped by to say "hello" to Amany during the session as well.