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Organize target language awareness event

Critical Language Project
4 years 1 week 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
4 years 1 week 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
4 years 1 week 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.
Critical Language Project
4 years 1 week ago
TCLP Arabic teacher Samy Hendawy and mentor teacher Jennifer Thomas will organize and host an Egyptian Product Fair at Carver K-8 in San Diego, California to enrich student and community appreciation and understanding of Egyptian culture and Arabic language. Exploration of the sights, sounds, styles, and tastes will allow 350 students, 25 staff members, and 80 community members to have direct exposure to the traditions and culture of Egypt. Carver’s current 45 Arabic students as well as 15 high school Arabic club members, and 27 middle school Arabic students will host 8 different stations where participants can develop their language skills and cultural knowledge. Current Arabic students will present products and information on a variety of categories with the hopes of increasing interest in and discussion of Arabic culture and language. The goals of the Egyptian Product Fair are to promote Arabic language programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and serve as outreach to the local community. In the future, it is hoped that additional Egyptian product fairs will continue to boost interest and attention to the Carver Arabic language program, both within the school and in the greater San Diego community.
Critical Language Project
4 years 1 week ago
TCLP Egyptian exchange teacher Abla Rasslan was approved for a 3-part Arabic cultural project. The first part consisted of current H.L. Harshman Middle School students teaching other feeder school students about Arabic language and culture. The second part was the creation of an “Encyclopedia Arabia” in which 15 schools contributed projects for inclusion on topics ranging from tourist attractions, to the economy and government of the Arab world. The final part was a culminating Arabic fair, which showcased student work in Arabic class and a fashion show. More than 200 students were involved in this successful project, and when Abla returns to teaching in Egypt, she plans to do a similar project on the U.S.
Critical Language Project
4 years 1 week ago
TCLP Egyptian exchange teacher Ahmed Mohamed at Renaissance High School was awarded a grant to shed the light on many aspects of the Arab language and culture though an Arabic Night. Current Arabic students gave participants an in-depth look at the Arab world through performances, songs, fashion shows, and games. In the audience were current 8th grade students who will be attending RHS next fall, as well as community members, school district officials, and current RHS students. The main goals of this project were to generate more interest in the Arabic program and to correct stereotypes. About 250 people attended the Arabic Night.
Critical Language Project
4 years 1 week ago
At Plymouth High School, mentor teacher Laura Koebel and exchange teacher Ez Eldin Salem designed a project in which 30 Arabic students at Plymouth High School participated in an all day event centered around Arabic studies. First, the students attended 1st and 4th semester Arabic courses at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Afterwards, the students discussed language learning at the college level and practiced their Arabic with the university Arabic students. After this exchange, the Plymouth students visited the university’s Language Resource Center to see how students are learning language through technology. From the university, the students then went to the Milwaukee Public Museum where they visited a mummy exhibit featuring displays and presentations about ancient Egypt, followed by lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant, to sample authentic cuisine. The project accomplished a variety of tasks: it gave the Plymouth Arabic students a look at college level Arabic courses and what continued learning opportunities are available; it made two top universities in Wisconsin aware of the TCLP Arabic program and developing language program at Plymouth; it gave relevance to the students about their Arabic language study; it exposed the Plymouth students to different foods and sparked their interest in continuing study of the Arabic language and culture.
Critical Language Project
4 years 1 week ago
TCLP Chinese teacher Li Fang was approved for a CLP grant to fund materials for a Spring Festival performance and a series of art workshops stretching from February into April 2011. The project, which was conducted by 80 Chinese students and 60 art students at Swain High School, presented a Spring Festival performance and six art workshops about traditional Chinese handicrafts to help teachers, students and parents in Swain County better understand Chinese culture. In all, about 300 people from the community watched the performance, 200 attended the student-led workshops, and 100 elementary school students participated. Following the success of the 2011 interdisciplinary Spring Festival project, Swain High School plans to repeat the project in the future, and the art department plans to offer more Chinese-inspired art workshops in the future as well.
Critical Language Project
4 years 1 week ago
TCLP Arabic teacher Manal El Gamal worked with mentor teacher Claudine Clark to organize a field trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum in order to provide an authentic cultural experience for the facilitated language students at Madison East High School. In April, 45 students attended the exhibit on Egyptian Mummies, explored actual Egyptian artifacts, viewed educational films on ancient Egypt, and had lunch at an authentic Middle Eastern restaurant. To further expand on their learning experience, students prepared Arabic vocabulary and dialogues around the cultural topics of mummies and ordering in a restaurant, and then practiced these skills during the field trip. Upon their return, the Arabic students chose one aspect of the trip to explore more deeply in a project. This experience impacted the students greatly. The Arabic students were able to learn more through the hands on experiences and also teach other students. The non-Arabic students were excited to learn some of the language and culture that they had not been exposed to. All students broadened their understanding of the Egyptian culture. The trip highlighted the Arabic class and increased the visibility of the program in the school. The information gathered through the trip and projects will give future FLS teachers more materials and knowledge to teach these concepts again. The restaurant portion of the project was exceptional as the restaurant owner, originally from Egypt, gave a short presentation about the food and cuisine of Egypt.
Critical Language Project
4 years 1 week ago
TCLP alumni mentor teacher Lalainya Goldsberry was approved for a project to showcase Arabic and Chinese students’ language and cultural knowledge at the Lindblom World Language Festival. A secondary goal of the project was to motivate students to begin or continue learning the Arabic or Chinese languages. The Lindblom World Language Festival itself is a competition where students from Lindblom and other schools who were taking Arabic and Chinese compete with each other in the categories of poetry recitation, talent, skits, research project, and drama. The participants were judged by Arabic and Chinese speaking judges from the community, with plaques awarded to the winners. The 2011 festival was the third year of the event, which has grown each year. Ms. Goldsberry invited Lincoln Park High School and Roosevelt High School (also TCLP alumni schools), as well as other schools offering Chinese. Students saw what their peers at other schools were accomplishing with the same language, and the progress they were making in another language.

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