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Organize target language awareness event

Critical Language Project
9 months 3 weeks ago
Roxana Rivero-Taube (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) and Zhao Xin (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for a Chinese Reading Club for students, teachers, and faculty. From a series of reading activities (such as cross-cultural fair, language art classes, Chinese Club, and Chinese classes) the learners in the community received a basic understanding and engagement with Chinese culture. It was intended to increase people’s interest in Chinese culture and language learning. Some of the activities will continue yearly for the Chinese program. The focus of the activities at Plantation Middle School as well as hosting some activities at the high school will also encourage parent involvement.
Critical Language Project
1 year 9 months ago
Passant Aly (2017-2018) organized an Arabic Club in which participants got the chance to learn communicative Arabic and experience Arabic culture. The club met at Anne Chesnutt Middle School once every week, for eight weeks. Each week there was a different theme. For example, the first week focused on language and traditions and the second week students explored food and festivals. For each theme participants learned through doing: they cooked, performed dances, learned Arabic letters, and much more. Arabic Club members also went on field trips and virtual tours of Egypt as well. They kept a passport in which they jot down all they learned. At the end of the eight weeks, club members hosted an Arabic Night event, in which members from the community and other schools were invited. The Arabic Club performed the dances they learned and gave presentations about the cultural aspects they experienced. Authentic Arabic food was served to guests. The night helped promote and show the impact of the Arabic program at Anne Chesnutt.
Critical Language Project
1 year 10 months ago
Ivy Yiu, mentor teacher at North Warren Regional, was awarded a CLP grant to take students enrolled in Chinese classes, as well as students in the Chinese club, on a field trip to Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Students who participated in the field trip then collaborated with Mrs. Yiu and the 2017-2018 exchange teacher Zhang Wenjie to plan a week-long Discover China! event held at the school in order to raise awareness and enthusiasm about Chinese language and culture and the North Warren Chinese program. Students then led "learning centers" at the event which provided their peers with the opportunity to learn about different elements of Chinese language and culture. Each day of the event had a particular focus, showcasing a variety of aspects of Chinese culture, history, and traditions throughout the course of the week. These themes, purposefully thought-out to highlight specific cultural lessons for the school community members to learn about, included the terracotta warriors, the Chinese New Year, the zodiac, calligraphy, paper cutting, paper lanterns, and using chopsticks. Having Chinese club members and students from Chinese language classes help facilitate the event and serve as cultural ambassadors helped increase student interest in enrollment in Chinese language classes and participation in the Chinese club. Many staff and teachers also attended the Discover China! event, increase the awareness of Chinese language and culture at the school.
Critical Language Project
3 years 6 months ago
Gu Zhen, Current TCLP Teacher, will hold a Chinese language and learning festival at her host school Wright Elementary. The purpose of this project is to engage every student in Chinese culture. Every class will perform on stage and further participate in several cultural activities. There will be Chinese culture display at the school that will include posters on topics such as cuisine, festivals, costumes, movies, traditions, and places of interest. The introduction of culture through posters will be followed by a school and community wide celebration. Kindergartners and first graders will perform Chinese songs. The second grade will do an exhibition show and display: Chinese fans,lanterns, knots, masks, chopsticks, boats, pictures, and couplets. Fifth Graders will present a play about a Chinese legend. The teachers will wear Chinese traditional clothes and also be part of the event. Third grader will work with coaches on field day and they will supervise Chinese sports and activities such as playing ping pong and jumping among the bamboo. Gu Zhen will invite students from other schools and people in the community to be a part of the celebration as well. She expects students and the Fort Walton Beach community will learn a lot about Chinese heritage and language.
Critical Language Project
3 years 6 months 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
3 years 7 months ago
Tan Jin, former TCLP Exchange Teacher, was awarded a CLP grant to support her efforts organizing and conducting the annual Chinese New Year Event at Naselle Grays River Valley School. This year, the event was combined with celebrations for the Chinese Spring Festival Temple Fair. The whole community and outlying areas were invited to this event. Guests enjoyed authentic Chinese food, traditional games, sports, art projects, and the lion dance. Additionally, Tan Jin continued to build awareness of Chinese culture and Mandarin language through her after-school club. Students participating in the club explore in greater depth Chinese culture, art, and language. Parents were also be able to sign up for cooking classes once a month.
Critical Language Project
3 years 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
3 years 11 months 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
3 years 11 months ago
Mentor teacher Amy Sanders at Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth, ME applied for a CLP grant with TCLP Chinese teacher Xiao Chunzhi to organize a field trip to the Peabody Essex Museum and Boston’s Chinatown. Nineteen students in grades 8 through 12 and their family members expanded their understanding of Chinese culture during a guided tour of the museum, and Chinese language students learned new vocabulary they could practice in real-world settings as they ate lunch at a busy Chinese restaurant and explored the shops in Boston’s Chinatown. Participating students shared their experiences with classmates who did not attend the field trip by creating posters that were displayed in the school library and giving presentations in their advisor groups, sparking new interest in Chinese language and culture throughout the school.
Critical Language Project
3 years 11 months ago
At Provo High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, TCLP Arabic teacher Mohammed El Naggar and mentor teacher Audrey Bastian proposed an Arabic Day Camp. More than 270 students from 9 different schools throughout Utah attended this Day Camp during which six different aspects of Arabic language and culture were highlighted. Students in Provo’s Arabic program practiced their language skills with fellow student and teacher visitors. All student attendees applied what they learn in class during real life conversations as they served as guides for visitors, venders in the Arabic street market set up, and actors in Arabic role plays. Non Arabic students were exposed to new culture, customs and basic Arabic phrases. The passports that students had stamped at each station helped them share what they had learned during the day with family and friends at home. The attendance of local media at the fair helped Provo High School increase awareness of the Arabic program within the community.

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