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Critical Language Project
6 months 1 week ago
John Pecoraro received a CLP grant to support a field trip for Chariho Regional High School. Students visited a Chinese market and purchased items for their graduation ceremony. Students appeared to enjoy this, as it was a different experience than they were accustomed to in their home town. After the Chinese market, we went to the Rhode Island School of Design to tour the Chinese portion of the Asian art galleries. Students were able to view and appreciate various works of art, and also document the artwork using the walkthrough reflection tool. After the museum tour we walked to a nearby Chinese restaurant to partake in an authentic dining experience. The total result of the trip promoted enrollment in Chinese 1 at the high school, as we will have three classes worth of students versus a single class this year.
Critical Language Project
6 months 1 week ago
Ivy Yiu received a CLP for “A Taste of China,” which is a unit of study and part of the curriculum for the Mandarin Chinese classes. Students currently enrolled in the school’s Mandarin Chinese class learned about Chinese Tea history, Gongfu Tea Ceremony - how to conduct the tea ceremony, and Chinese tea culture. The culminating learning activity was to show case what students have learned of language and culture at the North Warren Regional Multicultural Fair. Each year, North Warren Regional School hosts a community-wide Multicultural Fair. During this fair, students and community members organize booths and tables to showcase diverse cultural traditions from around the world. "A Taste of China" was a simulation of a traditional Chinese tea house where customers experience Tea Ceremony, sample teas and light foods while enjoying the finer aesthetics of Chinese culture like calligraphy writing, painting, and Chinese music. Student facilitators were responsible for overseeing three activities at the "Taste of China" booth.
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.
Conference
11 months 3 days ago
TCLP Alumni from around the world met for a two-day virtual conference on Global Competence and Project Based Learning (PBL). Day 1 featured a training by The Longview Foundation’s Executive Director Jennifer Manise and Day 2 featured engaging presentations by Alumni on how they use PBL in their classes. The sessions were facilitated by TCLP staff and featured alumni guests from China and Egypt.  Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Global Competence and Project Based Learning I Teacher trainer Jennifer Manise discussed how to bring global themes into every classroom and every subject, as well as strategies for implementing project based learning.  Thursday, December 13, 2018: Global Competence and Project Based Learning II TCLP alumni Jia Lili (2015-2016), Howida Hassan (2017-2018), Chen Jinyun (2013-2014) and Adel Ghattas (2017-2018) shared how they have used project based learning in their classrooms in China and Egypt to empower students and enhance their learning.   Each day, the sessions lasted for an hour starting at 3:00pm in Egypt, 9:00pm in China, and 8:00am (EST) in the U.S.   To view in China: Day one: https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzk2MzQ1Mjk2MA==.html?spm=a2hzp.8244740.0.0 Day two: https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzk2MzQ2MjcwMA==.html?spm=a2hzp.8244740.0.0 To download conference resources, please visit: https://www.adrive.com/public/AcRMMY/2018%20Alumni%20Conference%20-%20Gl... Please view the attached flyer for further details about the conference and biographies for the presenters and click the following link for PPTs and Resources from Presenters: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dd0l6m89i26dsdx/AABBHdjbQ041Ey8_5y3ujqhra?dl=0   The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education.
Critical Language Project
1 year 5 months ago
Sean Fredericks (2016-2018), a mentor teacher from John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School in Staten Island, New York, received a CLP grant to take, with Adel Ghattas (2017-2018), the 34 Arabic students at Lavelle on a field trip to the United Nations in Manhattan. The field trip will occur in 2018, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On this field trip, students will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the United Nations and Middle East Policy from a UN representative. Students who attend the field trip will then share their experiences with their community at the Lavelle International festival.
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 9 months ago
Mentor teacher Debby Page (2016-2018) and exchange teacher Li Chunping (2017-2018) organized a unit (using the Franklin Institute's Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor K-12 Educators' Guide) focused on the story and science behind the terracotta warriors, exploring Chinese culture, history and language with their students. Working with library media specialists at their school, Ms. Page and Ms. Li Chunping guided students in a virtual field trip to the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an, China. Additionally, students evaluated and analyzed information on the topic found in print and multimedia sources. 50 students then participated in a field trip to the Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the Franklin Institute, they explored the interactive Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, students participated in a docent led tour of Chinese art. Students then visited Philadelphia's Chinatown to partake in an authentic Chinese meal. Following the field trip, students engaged with focus questions and worked collaboratively to create a class presentation and video which was shared at grade level assemblies. The video was also shared at the school-wide Morning Show, a reception for Board of Education members, and a PTO Meeting, providing an opportunity for students to highlight the advantages of studying Chinese language and culture in order to promote support for the Chinese program and to encourage enrollments. .
Critical Language Project
1 year 10 months ago
Bridget Veitch (2016-2018), a TCLP mentor teacher at LaSalle Language Academy in Chicago, Illinois, used the CLP grant she received to organize the first Spring Festival held at her school. The event significantly raised awareness of Chinese Language education at the school and showcased student dedication, involvement, and learning, promoting community building around Chinese language and culture. Over 300 attendees joined the festivities, a very strong showing in comparison with other types of the “language events” sponsored by the school. Nearly 100% of the Mandarin language learners performed in some way at the event and students took pride in their participation. Parents were also proud of their children’s participation and are now even more motivated to support the school’s Mandarin program
Critical Language Project
1 year 10 months ago
Adel Ghattas (2017-18) received a CLP grant to conduct a project designed to introduce his students to the history of the Middle East through a rich artistic context, engaging them with the language and culture in a fun way. Mr. Ghattas worked with the global history teacher at his school to prepare and present on the Arab-Israeli conflict. After students had learned about the historical and cultural background, they watched the movie The Band's Visit and participated in classroom activities that explored the movie's characters and themes. (The Band's Visit tells the story of an Egyptian Police Marching Band that becomes lost in Sinai and ends up in a remote town in Israel. There, they are hosted by an Israeli woman and spend the night with other Israelis. The film explores the tension that arises from the political conflict, as well as the human connections that form when individuals meet one other.) 34 students then attended a live performance of the musical on Broadway at the Barrymore Theater and ate at a Moroccan restaurant in New York City. The students who participated in the field trip then reflected on their experience and what they had learned through the project. They also prepared posters and presented about the musical to teachers, parents and colleagues at Lavelle's International Day, extending the impact of the project to include the wider community.
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.

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