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Conduct holiday/cultural events celebration

Critical Language Project
6 months 1 week ago
TCLP alumnae Tan Lihua received a Critical Language Project grant to host a Chinese Culture Day at the Applied Technology Center where she currently teaches students from Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina. The event will allow current Mandarin students to showcase their knowledge, and inspire other students in the district to study Mandarin. The focus of the program will be the Mid-autumn Festival, Chinese food, Chinese traditional arts, including calligraphy and traditional painting, and Chinese ethnic dress. Using the cultural resources, students will learn about vocabulary, techniques, Chinese history and the diversity ethnic groups culture. She will also invite a calligrapher from the Overseas Chinese Culture, Athletic and Arts Federation (OCCAAF) to demonstrate and teach Chinese calligraphy and traditional painting.
Critical Language Project
10 months 1 week ago
TCLP mentor teacher Deborah Page and exchange teacher Gu Wenming will organize a celebration of the Spring Festival at Captain Nathan Hale Middle School. The event will involve students in Mr. Gu’s Mandarin classes, students who participate in the Chinese Enrichment Club, and other students in related arts classes and culinary clases. Students from the nearby High School and pre-school will all be invited to attend. The event will focus on Chinese culture and language and students will take part in Chinese songs, dances, and performances. There will also be stations for participants to try calligraphy, Tai Chi, dumpling making, tea ceremonies, and Chinese vocabulary activities. Prior to the festival Mandarin students will embark on a field trip to New York City where they will experience Chinese culture first hand. They will go to the Metropolitan Musem of Art to view the largest collection of Chinese art outside of China and tour Chinatown and enjoy an authentic Chinese meal. They will take what they learned and apply it to the development of activities at the Spring Festival.
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
10 months 2 weeks ago
  Shi Cuilian (2016-2017), with assistance from Development Director Jennifer Hughes, will hold a Dragon Boat Festival at the Learning Community Charter School (LCCS) in New Jersey this spring. This event will give students and parents the opportunity to expand, broaden, and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture and language. The festival will incorporate music, dance performances, arts, crafts, and food. Leading up to the event, fourth grade students will study a unit about the Dragon Boat Festival and its inspiration, poet Qu Yuan, and will collaborate with students from a school in Tianjin, China. The LCCS 4th Grade students will spend part of May creating projects about Qu Yuan while the Chinese student participants will create corresponding works about a noteworthy American poet. As part of the festival, LCCS will present their Qu Yuan projects and display those made by their Chinese peers. The LCCS Dragon Boat Festival project will culminate in a field trip for current Chinese language students.
Critical Language Project
1 year 8 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
1 year 10 months ago
Sophia Griffies was awarded a grant on behalf of Audubon Charter School in New Orleans, which began their new Mandarin program by hosting TCLP Chinese exchange teachers during the 2013 and 2014 school years. Through the CLP funds the school hosted a Chinese New Year celebration in 2015 for families and community members. The event showcased Chinese language and culture and included Chinese decorations, a student parade and Chinese dance performance, and tents featuring Chinese food tastings, art, and music. The goals of the project were to 1) increase awareness of, and appreciation for, Chinese language and culture; 2) increase knowledge of Chinese customs, art, music, dance, and food; and 3) build excitement for Chinese language and culture educational programs. Long-term goals were to: 1) increase the likelihood that graduating students will continue their Chinese education upon entering high school if the option is available and 2) build long-term support for Audubon’s Chinese program. The program was an overall success! The school proudly hosted a two-day event with multiple activities serving 800 students, approximately 100 staff and faculty, and approximately 60 parents. Students and parents responded positively to the event. A wide array of Chinese activities were offered, ran smoothly and were well organized.
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
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
2 years 1 day ago
TCLP Chinese teacher Yao Xiaoning organized a three-part CLP for students at Correia Middle School. Part one was a visit to the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum to learn about Chinese history, appreciate some Chinese artwork and watch a calligraphy presentation. Part two was a May field trip to the Chinatown in Los Angeles, where students completed a scavenger hunt in a Chinese market, had lunch in a Chinese restaurant, and bought books in a bookstore using what they’ve learned from Chinese class. Part three was a Chinese Night activity. Through student group presentations on topics such as Chinese traditional festivals, paper-cutting, Chinese games, and calligraphy, parents and other attendees in the community gained a better understanding of China and the importance of maintaining the Chinese program. The field trips provided students chances to use what they had learned in real life situations and also helped Yao Xiaoning refine her teaching plans to help students improve their language skills, especially with project-based learning. Chinese Night provided a stage for the students to show their accomplishments in Chinese learning, which helped them build more confidence, laid a solid foundation for their future Chinese learning, and the future of the Chinese program at Correia.
Critical Language Project
2 years 1 week ago
  Exchange teacher Min Haiwei received a CLP grant to increase exposure and understanding of Chinese culture in his host community of Cumberland, Maryland. Mr. Min organized a Chinese New Year event at a local shopping center to garner community support for the Chinese Immersion Program at West Side Elementary and to introduce members of the local community to the vast and rich heritage of China.   Several special activities took place during the day-long event. The celebration began with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performed by the Wong People from Washington D.C. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about the Chinese language, calligraphy, paper cutting, and traditional crafts related to Chinese New Year. Performers and craftsman from Shan’xi Province performed puppet shows and demonstrated their craftsmanship throughout the event. In addition, West Side students in the Chinese Immersion Program performed speeches in Chinese and cultural songs and dances. The celebration culminated with a Chinese New Year parade, in which children carried lanterns that they constructed during the program.   The project was hugely successful in raising awareness and appreciation of the Chinese culture. Many mall shoppers that happened on the event made a point to tell a staff member how much they learned and how they enjoyed the evening. Survey results were resoundingly positive.  

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