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Organize language learning events/festivals

Critical Language Project
10 months 1 week ago
Having already started the Chinese club, once every week after school, Ms. Huang will organize a school-wide International Festival. Every student at Envision Science Academy’s middle school will sign up for a country and they will work in groups to represent different countries in different rooms. Students from the Chinese club will be the Chinese representatives and show fellow students what they have learned about China and Chinese culture.
Critical Language Project
10 months 1 week ago
Ms. Ji, along with her colleagues, will organize a Chinese Spring Festival Celebration Event for Naselle-Grays River Valley School’s Mandarin Immersion Program. The celebration looks to generate even greater interest in the program from students and parents. During the event, guests will try Chinese arts, traditional performances, eat authentic Chinese food and take part in additional cultural activities. As part of the project, Ms. Ji will coordinate activities in her Mandarin club, where students will learn about Chinese culture, art and language; parents and community members will also be able to sign up for cooking classes.
Critical Language Project
1 year 8 months ago
Ni Fenfen, former TCLP Exchange teacher, received a CLP Grant for a project for students to do an in-depth exploration of Chinese culture and art. The project involved two field trips to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The first field trip included a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum to see Chinese art treasures, and students also participated in a Chinese Culture & Cuisine festival. Through this field trip, students were given the opportunity to cultivate appreciation for Chinese art, had access to stunning Chinese cultural activities in the festival, and enjoyed authentic Chinese food. The second field trip included a visit to the University of Arizona to take part in their Chinese Health Day, which included activities like exhibitions, games, musical performance, Chinese lion dance, dance performance, fashion show, Chinese martial arts, lecture, and a Chinese proficiency competition. Students were given a deeper understanding of Chinese medicine and health philosophy. In addition to the field trips, the project supported developing teaching and learning materials for the Mandarin classes and the Chinese Club: "Joy Luck Club", in the hope of enhancing club members’ awareness of Chinese culture. The Joy Luck Club organized a New Year celebration in Mingus Union High School cafeteria to enhance the local community members’ awareness of Chinese culture. Teachers, office staff, students, parents, sister school students, and parents and other community members were invited to take part in this celebration. Through the club activity they hoped to get more students learning Mandarin next year and also let more community members know about Chinese culture.
Critical Language Project
1 year 10 months ago
  Stacy Lyon, a mentor teacher for TCLP participant Munir Gomaa at Renaissance Academy in Lehi, UT received a CLP grant to host a Bedouin Fair for the school community to kick off their annual “World Language Week” for 2013. Through the support of the grant, the school set up a fair with a live camel, Arabic music, potted palms, bread baking, belly dancing, and booths with activities led in Arabic.   In addition to being open to all community members, Arabic speakers from a nearby charter school that works with many refugees were invited to take part in the festivities and interact with the rest of the community. This provided an opportunity for Renaissance students to practice their Arabic with heritage and native Arabic speakers and get to know exchange students in the area.   The Bedouin fair aimed to increase interest in Arabic language at Renaissance Academy through engagement in authentic, interactive activities. The 2013 event was one of the most successful that the World Language Team had conducted over the past few years with double the average attendance equaling about 500 participants including 60 volunteers from 4 other high schools, PAX, and BYU.  
Critical Language Project
2 years 22 hours ago
TCLP Arabic teacher Abir Hassan at Siletz Valley Early College Academy in Siletz Valley, OR organized a Culture Night performance and Fashion Show. Both activities provided an opportunity for her Arabic students to interact with one another and perform for the school and great community, furthering awareness of Arabic culture and language. Ms. Hassan’s Arabic skit was included during the Siletz Culture Night to over 350 community members, and a DVD was created to be used as a learning resource for future Arabic students. Fifteen students performed during the Fashion Show, describing the traditional clothes they wore and teaching the audience of basic Arabic phrases. A recording of this show was used by Ms. Hassan during six other outreach presentations at local middle and high schools with the goal of increasing awareness about Arabic culture.
Critical Language Project
2 years 23 hours ago
Principal Al Church at the Academy for Math, Engineering and Science in Salt Lake City, UT was given CLP funding for an Arab World and Language Awareness Week, conducted in partnership with the University of Utah’s Middle Eastern Center. TCLP Arabic teacher Samir Gibrial collaborated in organizing 65 current students and many community members who participated in multiple activities including: a field trip to the University of Utah’s Middle Eastern Center to observe a university Arabic class, view Arabic artifacts, and share an Arabic meal. Over 130 9th grade students participated in a beginning lesson with TCLP teacher Mr. Gibrial, and in an evening presentation that was open to the public. The Arabic Cultural Evening included Arabic artifact and calligraphy displays, dance performances, open discussions with panel speakers, and Arab food. These presentations were aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of Arabic study, the need for this critical language knowledge, and the availability of quality instruction at area schools and universities.
Critical Language Project
2 years 1 day ago
Mentor teacher Lisa Giblin at Winton Woods Intermediate School in Cincinnati, OH worked with TCLP Chinese teacher Gong Hongling on a Chinese New Year Festival and Chinese Language Club project. The Chinese Festival promoted many aspects of Chinese culture and language to the community, and included traditional games, dances, Chinese riddles, calligraphy practice, food sampling, and information about Chinese language education and opportunities. The Winton Woods community was invited to participate and over 200 students, parents, and community members attended. The After School Chinese Club aimed to increase interest and future enrollment in Chinese classes and enrichment activities included lessons about making Chinese dumplings and the Chinese masks. Plans for next year’s Chinese Club include beginning the meetings earlier in the year in order to allow for even more students the opportunity to participate.
Critical Language Project
2 years 1 day ago
Mentor teacher Claudine Clark at Madison East High School in Madison, WI organized an Arabic Language and Culture Fair with TCLP Arabic teacher Khaled Kenawi. The Fair, held during school hours, tried to recreate the atmosphere of a Middle Eastern marketplace. There were five areas with different interactive activities representing different aspects of Arabic culture: food, clothing, music and dance, culture and geography, and writing. Each area not only taught about culture, but also introduced some language and vocabulary. Parents, community members and the students in this year’s Arabic class manned the booths and gave demonstrations. The fair was very well received and more than 500 students participated, a number well over the anticipated attendance. Looking ahead, Madison East High School has already chosen an even earlier date for next year to allow for middle schools to attend and encourage Arabic enrollment for incoming high school students. Connections made with the community will provide opportunities for increased participation as many of this year’s participants are planning to return and to invite others.
Critical Language Project
2 years 1 day ago
• TCLP Arabic teacher Ibrahim Elkadi will design a project titled “Around the Arabic Nation in Two Days” with support from teachers and students at Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton, South Carolina. This two-day celebration will expose 300 high school students, 100 middle school students, 70 primary students, 6 administrators and 40 teachers to the diversity of 22 Arabic-speaking countries. Local groups and neighboring schools will also be invited to attend this unique event. Student-produced exhibits, mock passports, and “tour guides” will allow individuals to explore the similarities and differences between these Arabic-speaking nations. Around the Arab Nation aims to foster a positive image and deeper knowledge of the traditions and customs of the various Arabic speaking nations. Hands-on interactions and exposure to the Arabic language, currency, text, media, food, fashion, music, dance lessons, and even webcam introduction to the Egyptian education system will promote language and culture exchange. Scrapbooks will be created to capture the student experience with the hopes that a similar cultural exchange can be replicated in the future. Additionally, Ibrahim Elkadi hopes to bring his understanding of American culture to Egypt by creating an American Club upon his return home.
Critical Language Project
2 years 1 day ago
TCLP Chinese teacher Cao Yanna will organize project at Indian River Charter School in Vero Beach, Florida with the support of the Indian River students and faculty. This Spring Festival Event includes multiple components aimed at providing students with an opportunity to practice their Chinese skills in real-life language situations and share what they have learned with their families, teachers, and classmates while also exposing other community members to Chinese culture and increasing interest in the Chinese program at Indian River Charter School. At this Spring Festival Event, current Chinese students will present topics of conversational Chinese and Chinese culture to teach the visitors, and quiz them on what they have learned. Students will perform some Chinese songs, dance, paper-cutting and other traditional art forms prior to a dinner which will offer visitors an educational taste of Chinese culture.

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