Conduct joint-classroom project

Critical Language Project
2 months 19 hours ago
Madison East High School and Plymouth High School will be co-hosting 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 will give each class individual time with him. Mr. Hegazy will stay primarily in Madison and will travel to Plymouth for one week each month. This CLP will make it possible for Mahmoud to travel and teach at Plymouth.
Critical Language Project
10 months 2 weeks 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.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 week ago
As part of a cross-cultural Critical Language Project, TCLP Teacher Tamer Elsharkawy and his students explored Alexandria, Virginia. His students shared what they learned about Alexandria, Virginia with students in Egypt and in turn, students in Egypt shared what they learned from a field trip to Alexandria, Egypt. Both groups of students practiced their target languages of Arabic and English through the project.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month ago
  TCLP exchange teacher Chen Manman received a CLP grant to establish Culture Corners at her U.S. host school in Massachusetts, Walsh Middle School, and her home school, Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus. Each school established a wish list of authentic learning materials based on their needs and sent the requested resources to each other to begin the set up of the Culture Corner. Ms. Chen hopes that the two schools can maintain communication through the culture corners by conducting joint activities each year. The collaborative partnership will continue over time to provide additional materials to enhance the spread of understanding of each culture and language.   As part of this project, Walsh Middle School held an opening ceremony to introduce this new resource to the student body. Students enrolled in Ms. Chen's Mandarin class prepared posters and booths with different cultural themes using the materials that they received for the Chinese Culture Corner from Ms. Chen's school in China. Other classes from the school attended the opening ceremony and learned about Chinese toys, paper cutting, calligraphy, traditional clothing, books, and how to use chopsticks. Students also prepared short videos of what they learned in their Chinese classes to share with visiting classes. More than 300 students attended the opening ceremony and learned more about Chinese language and culture. In addition, more than 8,000 Chinese students and teachers will benefit from the books and materials that Walsh Middle School sent to Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus.
Critical Language Project
1 year 2 months ago
  TCLP Arabic Teacher, Hanan Gawdet, received a Critical Language Project Grant to give Southern Lehigh Arabic students from 7th -12th grade an opportunity to focus on “Ancient and Modern Egyptian Arts.”   First, the students (in 7th to 12th grades) studied and presented to the class in Arabic on Islamic Art, Ancient Egypt, and different cultures in the Arab world. This prepared the students for the class field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, funded by the CLP, where they did further research on related subjects. At the museum, the students were provided with a check list of scavenger hunt questions to answer for their class. Simultaneously, Ms. Gawdat’s class in Egypt took a virtual museum tour in Egypt via Skype, which allowed the them to learn about topics similar to her U.S. students. The Egyptian and American students shared what they had learned with each other using Skype.   After the field trip, the students shared information via a Power Point presentation with Arabic subtitles, photos, and video of their experience at a school assembly. In art classes, the American students also created Egyptian Sculptures and made a giant tapestry using Arabic and Islamic Art pictures that was hung at the entrance to the school.
Critical Language Project
1 year 3 months ago
  TCLP alumna teacher Li Qiong was awarded a Critical Language Project grant to conduct a sister school exchange project with Sonoran Trails Middle School in August 2015. This project was completed in conjunction with Cristina Ladas, the school’s World Language Coordinator. Twenty students from Ms. Li’s school visited the school in order to strengthen the sister school relationship and share Chinese language and culture. This visit coincided with the opening ceremony for the host school’s Chinese Language and Culture Club, which featured cultural performances and a ping pong tournament.
Conference
1 year 4 months ago
The 3rd annual TCLP Virtual Alumni Conference took place on December 10th and 11th, 2015. The topic for this year’s virtual conference was Building Sustainable Critical Language Programs.   The conference was organized with the purpose of offering strategies for making Arabic and Chinese programs sustainable after participating in TCLP. Some school district are undergoing budget cuts and participants discussed how to keep these critical languages going. Current and alumni TCLP schools met virtually during these recorded one hour-long sessions conducted by program alumni on each day.   Over the past few years, TCLP alumni schools have developed various models to successfully maintain their Chinese and Arabic language programs and provide consistent and enduring educational and social value for students after TCLP. During the 2015 Virtual Alumni Conference, U.S. host school alumni who have implemented creative ideas and practices to sustain quality critical language programs shared their experiences, offered advice, and answered questions.   Please see the attached announcement for more details about the guest speakers and their schools. To view the recordings please click the links below:   • Thursday, December 10th at 4:00 pm (EST) Featuring: Claudine Clark and Karen Wirkkala View the recording at: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3249721-us-alumni-virtual-conference   • Friday, December 11th at 4:00 pm (EST) Featuring: Leah Christman and Jim Holifield View the recording at: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3249726-us-alumni-virtual-conference-p...
Critical Language Project
1 year 4 months ago
TCLP Host School Alumna Veronique Lahey was awarded funding to create a collaborative learning environment between Mandarin students at Arlington High School in Massachusetts and Exchange Teacher Alumnus Yu Bo’s home school in China. To accomplish this goal, Lahey used an interactive whiteboard, blogs, and videoconferencing software to share student-created videos, facilitate virtual discussions, and assign chat buddies for all students. Lesson plans created through the project were shared on a blog as a model for other language teachers, in the hopes that they would consider reproducing the project at their schools.
Conference
1 year 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.