Collaborate with alumni in the home country

Critical Language Project
6 months 3 weeks ago
Ms. Qu Bingbing, along with fellow TCLP alumni Xing Yali, and Sun Qi will organize a workshop with two English Language Fellows from the U.S. and share advanced teaching methodologies and effective English teaching techniques to English teachers in Tangyuan, Huanan and Jiamusi, China. The local English teachers will have the opportunity to experience a new professional development style that is different from their traditional trainings. The workshop will be interactive and trainee-centered just as the alumni apply strategies they experienced during their TCLP experience in the US.
Critical Language Project
6 months 3 weeks ago
Mr. Ali will develop an American Cultural Club at Gharbiya STEM School in Tanta, Egypt. This project will include various activities, experiential learning and direct interaction that will motivate and inspire students in their English learning. The CLP funding will be used to bring the American English and culture to Egyptian students. The club will be one of a kind in Tanta, Egypt. The American Cultural Club will strive to reinforce tolerance for all people within the community and school. The American Culture Club will provide students with engaging workshops, learning materials, resources, and fieldtrips for members. Mr. Ali hopes that the American Cultural Club will enhance his student’s cultural experiences through American films, cuisines, and games. As part of the club’s activities he will arrange a visit to the American University in Cairo to meet and discuss with American professors and other Americans.
Critical Language Project
1 year 3 months 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 ”.
Critical Language Project
1 year 7 months 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.
Conference
1 year 8 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...