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Critical Language Project
8 months 1 week ago
  Jia Lili (2015) was awarded a CLP grant to conduct a professional development program for teachers in Hebei Province in September 2016. Ms. Jia modeled the program after the professional development training sessions she attended through TCLP and her U.S. host school while teaching Mandarin at Walnut Elementary School in California. She conducted this project in collaboration with two other TCLP alumni: Chen Manman (2015) and Chen Jinyun (2013). The project was supported by the Institute of Education and Research in Shijiazhuang, which invited teachers from schools across the city to participate in the project. Two hundred and seventy-six teachers from twelve different schools ultimately attended the conference and workshops, which took place at No. One Senior High School. Teachers were able to choose training topics that interested them, including “Classroom Management”, “Helping At-risk Students and Class Size”, “English Reading and How to Foster Students’ Reading Ability”, and “How to Solve Your Problems in Teaching ”.
Conference
11 months 4 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 5 days ago
Chen Jinyun, a 2013 Chinese alum from Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus, in Nanjing, China, received a CLP grant to organize TESL professional development for ESL teachers at her home school. The project included school community conferences, regional conferences and national conferences, faculty visits to other schools for English class observations, presentations at regional teaching events, teaching competitions, school-based training sessions, and international video conferences with Dracut High School (Ms. Chen’s host school). The project allowed Ms. Chen to share fresh ideas from her experience of teaching in the U.S. and inspire teachers to reflect on existing teaching methods and change them to be more interactive and engaging. Workshops directly helped teachers in devising curricula, designing lesson plans, giving differentiated instruction, making SMART objectives and assessments, and learning more student-centered teaching methods and class management strategies. Moreover, launching international video conferences with her host school in the U.S. was a new communicative experience for teachers, which provided them with more opportunities to ask questions and learn from others. Research seminars provided more teachers with opportunities to learn different assessment methods.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month ago
TCLP mentor teacher alumni Steven Berbeco was awarded a CLP for his grant proposal to organize a meeting of The Teachers of Arabic Language K-12 network at the Northeast Conference on Teaching of Foreign Languages in Baltimore, MD. At this meeting, he hosted a best practices workshop and professional networking meeting with 20 teachers of Arabic who came from all over the United States. At that time there was no other national organization that provided support for Arabic classroom teachers to exchange curriculum ideas, develop teaching skills and share best practices, so the aim of this bi-annual meeting was to provide an opportunity for these 20 teachers to participate in a 3 hour hands-on workshop and share ideas with one another. CLP funding provided support for the meeting materials and resource books. This project was successful in its goal of exchanging curriculum ideas, developing teaching skills and other best practices, and supporting each other as professionals. As part of the workshop the teachers reviewed current curriculum materials, discussed best practices from their classroom experiences, and performed materials development exercises.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month ago
TCLP Arabic Teacher Alumnus Ahmed Mohamed was awarded a grant to implement a professional development project he designed to help other teachers in his home school district in Egypt. The project helped teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) build a pedagogical foundation, exchange best practices for EFL teaching, learn about the U.S. educational system, and share resources. Planned to be a multi-day training program, Ahmed made use of published education materials as well as those provided at no cost by the U.S. Department of State’s Regional English Language Officer. The multi-day workshops were attended by 30 trainees and four trainers.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month ago
Mentor Teacher, Dr. Steven Berbeco was awarded a grant to host a best practices workshop and professional networking meeting for the New England Association of Arabic Teachers (NEAAT), which is a network of elementary and secondary school teachers from public and private schools in the New England states. The best practices workshop and professional networking meeting was at the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Association in Sturbridge, MA, October 25th-27th. CLP funding allows NEAAT to offer these events as well as provide teacher-training materials for teachers from diverse schools. During the workshop, classroom teachers exchanged curriculum ideas, developed teaching skills and other best practices, and developed a stronger network to support each other as professionals.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month ago
  TCLP alumnus Ahmed Mohamed received a CLP grant to offer a five-day professional development workshop for 40 English teachers from Etay El Baroud District in Egypt. The goal of the workshop was to help teachers incorporate American culture in their English classes and to improve their ability to do peer observations, give constructive feedback, and reflect on their teaching methods. Mr. Ahmed saw a need for students to move beyond language learning and to add depth to their studies by including American culture into their English classes to increase their intercultural communication skills. During the workshop, Mr. Ahmed and another TCLP alumnus, Ez Eldin, worked as trainers and discussed their experiences living and teaching in the U.S. for a year. Mr. Ahmed also invited other trainers who were well-informed in peer and reflective teaching to lead in-person sessions and 3 U.S. teachers to conduct virtual presentations over Skype. Funds from the grant were used to purchase materials and supplies for the workshop.   "Upon my return from my exchange program [with] TCLP I found that it is my duty to pass [on] my experience [with the] American Educational system and best practices in EFL teaching" said Mr. Ahmed. "I have a steadfast belief that this grant was given to the Egyptian people and not to me personally."  
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month 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".