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English as a Foreign Language

Critical Language Project
2 years 5 months ago
  With the help of CLP grant, TCLP alumna Fu Ailing worked with volunteers to conduct summer English lessons for students in grades 4-6 at Jinye Primary School in Guizhou Province, China. Jinye is situated far away from major cities in the mountains and consequently does not have a regular English teacher. The primary objective of Fu Ailing's project was to teach these students some basic English and to lay a sound foundation for their English learning in middle school.   During the summer of 2015, Fu Ailing taught 80 students in total for 20 days. In this time, the students learned the alphabet, vocabulary related to food, the classroom, family, and numbers and practiced saying full sentences in English to greet one another and introduce themselves. In addition, students successfully learned to sing 2 songs in English. Fu Ailing used different teaching methods to make the class relaxing and interesting for students. She used TPR to help students remember nouns and verbs and designed different games for her classes. At the end of the summer training, the students reported that they enjoyed the English class very much and hope to continue learning next summer.   In addition to teaching English to the students, Fu Ailing also held a round table discussion with the local teachers and other volunteer teachers. This meeting helped Fu Ailing to better understand the teachers' difficulties and needs in teaching in this region. She also exchanged ideas with the teachers about cooperative learning.   After returning to her home school, Fu Ailing conducted a presentation for her students and colleagues. As a result, some teachers at her school have shown an interest in volunteering at Jinye Primary School with Fu Ailing the following summer. "In my own community", said Fu Ailing, "more people began to care about the education, the English learning of the kids in mountain areas".  
Critical Language Project
2 years 5 months ago
  2013 alumna exchange teacher, Tan Lihua, received a CLP grant to help implement a Joint-Classroom Project between her U.S. host school district and her home school in China. The goal of the project was to facilitate opportunities for students in the U.S. and China to develop oral and written communication skills in their target languages, learn about one another's cultures and traditions, and ultimately formalize a sister school partnership between JN Fries Magnet School and Concord High School in North Carolina and Da Zu High School in Chongqing, China.   The project took place over the course of three months, during which teachers organized pen pals/ E-pals activities for all students involved and created a Sister School Club. The Chinese and ESL joint-classrooms took on three major projects: the Folk Tales Project, One Day in the Life Project, and the My Identify, Your Identity Project. In the Folk Tales Project, students participated in live storytelling sessions in which they shared stories in traditional and digital forms, as well as pictures and videos prepared by about traditional folk tales from their countries. The One Day in the Life Project gave students an opportunity to exchange messages and images with one another, describe typical days in their lives, and make cross-cultural comparisons. The My Identity, Your Identity Project asked students to explore and research the elements that form their identities.   After the Joint-Classroom Project, those involved reported a greater understanding of U.S. and Chinese cultures. The Coordinators of the project received positive feedback from students, parents, and teachers of the three participating schools. "The Joint-classroom Project offers our students the opportunity to apply what they have learnt with the native speakers,” said Ying Yu, the Dean for the ESL Teaching and Curriculum Department at Da Zu High School. “As a result of this experience, using their target language to learn and communicate with their partners becomes a tangible idea for them, rather than a far-fetched notion – they’ve Skyped , they’ve interacted with their American/Chinese peers… they have a sense of what that experience will be like for them, and that makes them want to work twice as hard to learn more about the world.” Students’ speaking and writing ability, and teacher’s teaching ability have had great improvement.  
Critical Language Project
2 years 5 months ago
  TCLP Alumnus School, Lakes International Language Academy (LILA), received funding to help implement a CLP titled “Welcome, Friends!” in cooperation with Deyang Forest Language School in China. This project provided an exciting English-immersion learning experience for 22 visiting students from China and forged new international friendships. During a two-week summer camp on the school's campus, Chinese and American students strengthened skills in their respective target languages by speaking to one another in casual settings, traveling, and participating in fun activities.   LILA teachers gained experience in teaching English as a second language, which is a different but positive perspective than teaching immersion Spanish or Chinese to native English speakers. In addition, the host families in the community shared the language-learning experience, building interest in long-term hosting and cultural exchanges.The opportunity to meet and interact with Chinese guests helped expose the community to a different culture, celebrating diversity while appreciating their similarities. The positive and lasting impact of this project was visible in the progress that Chinese students made in building their English skills and the fast friendships that the Chinese and American students (and their families!) made during the camp. As a result of the project, LILA has strengthened the relationship with the school's sister school and helped introduce students and families in the community to a broader cultural experience.  
Conference
2 years 5 months ago
The 2nd Annual TCLP Virtual Alumni Training Conference 2015 took place on February 4 and 5, 2015. TCLP alumni from China, Egypt and the United States me for a a two-day virtual conference about building international sister school relationships. To watch recordings for either days please click the links above. Attached you will find slides from each day, as well more information about each presenter.   On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 the topic was Collaborating with U.S. Schools on Sister-School Projects TCLP staff discussed how to design and conduct small scale, easy-to-implement projects that will spearhead the establishment of sister-school relationships. Guest alumni speakers shared how they kept in touch with their U.S. host schools through in-person and virtual exchange projects.   On Thursday, February 5, 2015 the topic was Organizing International Student Exchanges TCLP Alumnus Emil Marcos, and Alumni co-presenters Li Qiong and Bill Dolezal discussed how to establish international student exchanges. The presenters provided tips on financing student exchanges and elaborated on the projects that their students conducted while visiting the host schools in Egypt, China and the United States.   Featured Presenters: Mr. Dolezal is the principal of Sonoran Trails Middle School in Cave Creek, Arizona, the first public school in Arizona to offer World Language as core classes for all students. Mr. Dolezal served as the administrator for two TCLP Chinese teachers in 2011 and 2012, and has worked with Ms. Qiong to facilitate student exchanges between Sonoran Trails Middle Schools and No. 6 Middle School of Yichang.   Mr. Marcos is from Cairo, Egypt. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, as well as an International Diploma for Teachers from Cambridge University. Since 1990 Mr. Morcos has taught at the Al-Salam Private Language School where he is also the founder and manger of an international department. He participated in TCLP in 2008 and was hosted by the Center for Global Studies in Norwalk, CT.   Ms. Qiong is from Yichang, China, where she graduated from Three Gorges University with a major in English Teaching and later studied English Literature at Wuhan University. Ms. Qiong has been teaching at No. 6 Middle School of Yichang for over 10 years. After participating in TCLP in 2011, Ms. Qiong has remained active in pursuing opportunities for exchange and cross cultural collaboration for her students.
Critical Language Project
2 years 6 months ago
The only difference is the deadline date for now. We are thinking about just having a word doc that can be uploaded whenever we need to update the deadline. In future we might want to create an on-line appl. Using WOOFO. In this case it will be just a link uploaded. We will also have a word doc. with guidelines posted. On this page we would also like to display a link to a recorded webinar and some PPPs and a sample video about CLPs.
Lesson Plan
3 years 4 months ago
1. Students will be able to tell the body parts(脸、眼睛、鼻子、嘴巴、牙齿、头发) 2. Students will be able to say the sentences: 走开,……!
Curricula
3 years 10 months ago
This unit was developed by Tian Kun, Ibrahim Khaled, Zhao Shuang, and Tan Lihua during the TCLP 2013-2014 Spring Workshop. See the unit map for more details. Unit Objectives: • Students will be able to explore and acquire knowledge about American culture in terms of holidays in the US by using proficiently resources, affective strategies and taking part in classroom interactions with teacher’s guidance.  • Students will be able to know major holidays in the US (Halloween; Thanksgiving and Christmas) in terms of the time; images and symbols; festivities; etc.) • Students will be able to identify the similarities and differences between Chinese/ Arabic Holidays and the US holiday celebrations by comparing American cultural products and artifacts and the students’ own. • Students will be able to understand the basic values in America; know the essence of festivity in America; • Students will be able to interpret the cultural phenomena and present their knowledge and understanding of the very important holidays in the US. • Students will be able to view the world from different perspectives and develop new appreciation of their native culture. • Students will be able to reflect on and examine their progress, process and adopted strategies. Timeline: Halloween in the US - Lesson by Zhao Shuang What are the similarities and differences between Halloween in the US and Qing Ming Festival in China? Thanksgiving in the US - Lesson by Tan Lihua What are the similarities and differences between Thanksgiving in the US and Mid-autumn festival in China? Christmas in the US - Lesson by Ibrahim Khaled What are the similarities and differences between Christmas in the US and Spring Festival in China/ New Year in Egypt?
Lesson Plan
3 years 10 months ago
Students will recognize the celebrations of Halloween. Students will identify and participate in the traditional Halloween activities. Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the Halloween decorations and perspectives of Halloween. Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of Halloween through comparisons of the Qing Ming and Halloween.
Lesson Plan
3 years 10 months ago
At the end of the class, students will be able to: -identify customs, traditions, images and symbols of Thanksgiving and Chinese Mid-autumn Festival; -know similarities and difference between Thanksgiving with Mid-autumn;
Lesson Plan
3 years 10 months ago
By the end of the lesson Ss. Will be able to: 1. engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions and exchange opinions. 2. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied 3. communicate appropriately, in different ways spoken or written, using the target language, English. 4. recognize and appreciate practices, beliefs and values of people in other cultures concerning celebrations 5. acquire and apply new vocabulary words

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