United States

Critical Language Project
3 weeks 5 days 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
5 months 2 days 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
5 months 2 days ago
Mentor teacher Debby Page (2016-2018) and exchange teacher Li Chunping (2017-2018) will organize a unit for Mandarin Chinese students, Chinese Enrichment Club members, and other students in related arts classes, focusing on the story and science behind the ten life-size Terracotta Warriors of the First emperor. This CLP will be an exploration of Chinese culture, history and language. Using Google Earth they will “fly” from Coventry, Connecticut to Xi’an, China and explore the Terracotta Warrior pits. Chunping will guide students in a virtual field trip as they visit the online the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an. Students will evaluate and analyze information found in print and multimedia resources. The highlight of the unit will involve students traveling to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to experience the interactive exhibit on the Terracotta Warriors. While in Philadelphia, students will participate in a docent led tour of Chinese art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will visit Chinatown to partake in an authentic Chinese meal. Working as a class students will develop a presentation on the Terracotta Warrior which will include a Google Slides presentation, the development of travel brochure, a short video, and segments that will highlight Chinese art and history. In addition, with the guidance of the art teacher, students working in small groups will create life sized papier-mâché Terracotta Warriors. The finalized presentation will be given at a school assembly, PTO Meeting, and a televised Board of Education meeting. At each of these events, teachers and students will highlight the advantages of the study of Chinese language and culture.
Critical Language Project
5 months 2 weeks 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
5 months 2 weeks ago
Adel Ghattas (2017-18) received a CLP grant to conduct a project that will expose his Arabic students to a culturally rich work of art whose main theme is the character of the individual Egyptian, the musical: The Band’s Visit. This Broadway musical is based on a movie that tells the story of an Egyptian Police Marching Band that becomes lost in Sinai and ends up in a remote town in Israel. They are hosted by an Israeli lady who owns a restaurant and spend a night with Israeli citizens. It is about the tension that arises from the political conflict versus the human connections that form when individuals meet at a human level. It is about unfulfilled dreams of characters on both sides, and what they have in common although they are supposed to be enemies. It is about tolerance and acceptance. Students will watch the movie and discuss its characters and the theme. They will also work with Mr. Ghattas and their global history teacher to research background information about the history of the Egyptian-Israeli conflict and will learn the Arabic conversations that take place in the movie, learning parts of the script by heart to perform it later at their school's International Day celebration. Students will also attend a live performance of the musical on Broadway and eat at an Egyptian restaurant in New York City.
Critical Language Project
5 months 2 weeks ago
Ivy Yiu, mentor teacher at North Warren Regional, won a CLP grant for students enrolled in Chinese 1 classes to attend a field trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to see the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit. Upon returning from the trip, students will research the history of this part of Chinese history and develop a presentation to share with the entire school community. The presentation will be made available for the entire student community during unit lunch. Students will also utilize the augmented reality app available from the Franklin Institute for other students and attendees who could not join the field trip and utilize technology to view the Terracotta Warriors. The presentation will be conducted using "centers". Attendees will have the opportunity to lean about the Chinese language, practice speaking phrases, create their own Chinese names, practice Chinese calligraphy brush writing and learn to read the characters. The augmented reality viewing will be another activity center. The scope of the project will be expanded to include local elementary and middle schools as permissions for visits are received.
Critical Language Project
5 months 2 weeks ago
Ji Guanping’s (2017-2019) project aimed to enhance students’ cross-cultural understanding and increase their interest in learning about Chinese language and culture. Activities included Chinese New Year poster making, Chinese calligraphy for decoration, appreciating artwork of China and other Asian countries, and trying Chinese food by ordering in the target language in an authentic Chinese restaurant. A culminating event was held simultaneously with parent/teacher conferences for the students to share their experiences and knowledge and celebrate the Chinese New Year. Through the project, not only students, but also their family members and friends learned about Chinese culture and traditions. Overall, 28 students, 12 teachers, and 55 parents benefited from this project and expanded their cultural appreciation of China and awareness of the Mandarin program at STEP. Guanping’s principal and board members were impressed by the project and are excited for the continuing the Mandarin Chinese program in the future.
Critical Language Project
5 months 3 weeks ago
TCLP teacher Zhu Xiaohong collaborated with the Philadelphia World Affairs Council to take 45 students to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then to Philadelphia’s Chinatown to experience authentic Chinese food and Lunar New Year festival activities. Prior to the field trip, students learned new vocabulary and content relating to Chinese art, food, and festivals, highlighting the connection between Chinese language and culture.During the field trip, students participated in an hour long Chinese art lesson at the museum, led by one of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s student educators. The lesson taught students about the pieces of art in the Chinese collection at the museum, connecting the artwork to the history and culture of China. During the restaurant visit, students practiced the Chinese table manners that they learned in class and confidently spoke to the restaurant staff in Mandarin Chinese to say please, thank you, etc. Xiaohong conducted impromptu lessons at the restaurant when she saw opportunities to teach students new vocabulary, phrases, or something about Chinese culture that they were seeing or experiencing in the restaurant. These trips not only strengthened students’ skills and interest in taking Mandarin as a foreign language, but also allowed them to experience a foreign culture in a fun, stimulating way that many had never had the opportunity to before.
Conference
6 months 2 weeks ago
TCLP Alumni from around the world met for a two-day virtual conference on Alumni Cooperation. Each day included engaging presentations on collaborative alumni projects. The sessions were facilitated by TCLP staff and featured alumni guests from China and Egypt who collaborated with alumni in implementing a vital project or training.  Wednesday, December 13, 2017: Alumni Cooperation I TCLP alumni Zheng Meng (2015-2016) and Amany Kasab (2015-2016) discussed how to coordinate a critical project with fellow alumni.  Thursday, December 14, 2017: Alumni Cooperation II TCLP alumni Qu Bingbing (2014-2015) and Chen Manman (2015-2016) shared how effectively working with alumni can impact your educational community through professional development trainings.   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 watch in China visit: http://i.youku.com/i/UMTkzMjIxMDQ4OA==?spm=a2hzp.8244740.0.0   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.adrive.com/public/dVNqZW/Alumni%20Conference%20-%20Alumni%20...   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 1 month ago
TCLP alumna Tan Lihua received a Critical Language Project grant to hold Chinese Culture Stations at three high schools in Rock Hill, South Carolina. These Chinese Culture Stations were a Mid-autumn Festival Celebration, a calligraphy demonstration, a traditional clothes show, and an International Festival. Students also had the opportunity to learn about other aspects of traditional Chinese culture, such as games, food, classic novels, and tea culture, as well as to practice Chinese language skills.These events allowed current Mandarin students to showcase their knowledge and inspired other students in the district to study Mandarin. More than 80 students participated in these events and enrollment in the Chinese program increased 40%.

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