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Critical Language Project
6 days 10 hours 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.
Conference
1 month 2 weeks ago
 TCLP Alumni, please complete the alumni conference survey by clicking the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCLPAlumniConferenceSurvey2016  The 4th Annual TCLP Virtual Alumni Training Conference took place on December 15 and 16, 2016   Alumni from China and Egypt met for a two-day virtual conference on Leadership in Education. Each day included dynamic round-table discussions on Educational Leadership. The sessions were facilitated by TCLP staff and featured alumni guests from China and Egypt who have achieved leadership positions in their schools, departments, and districts.  Thursday, December 15, 2016: Leading in Your Educational Community I TCLP alumni Yu Meihong (2008-2009), Samar Abdelfatah (2015-2016), Yu Yifang (2009-2010) and Mohamed Abdelsamad (2011-2012) discussed leading by example in your educational community, how to advocate for change in your school, and resources and best practices to cultivate leadership skills.  Friday, December 16, 2016: Leading in Your Educational Community II TCLP alumni Ezzat Gadelmola (2010-2011), Zhang Hong (2009-2010), Hanan Gawdet (2012-2013) and Cheng Ye (2011-2012) shared how they are using their international experiences as school leaders and best practices for effective leaders.   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 each day of the conference click on the following links:     To access in China please use the following links:http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTg3MzQ0NTU5Ng (Day One)http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTg3NDkxMDU0MA (Day Two)   Please view the attached flyer for further details about the conference and biographies for the presenters.   The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by American Councils for International Education.
Critical Language Project
8 months 1 week ago
Xia Zhi, former TCLP Teacher, was awarded a CLP grant to support an immersive exploration of Chinese history and language with his students. Xia Zhi decided to set up this project with his students to focus on the name “China” and delve into the origin of this and other Chinese words. The students did research, interviewed experts, and proved the result of the research. Xia Zhi and his students used the research to develop a book for the school's library. Students learned how to conduct research, assess the outcome of the research, cooperate, and communicate with other people. Student got and in-depth perspective of the origins of Mandarin Chinese words and language to expand their Mandarin reading and speaking skills.
Critical Language Project
8 months 1 week 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
8 months 1 week 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.
Conference
10 months 2 days ago
 Welcome to the Alumni Conferences Section of the TCLP Website   TCLP organizes annual conferences for alumni to share and discuss educational best practices in teaching critical languages, developing programs, and effective projects in cross-cultural exchange.   Click on the previous events links to learn more!   Each year, TCLP staff and alumni meet virtually and focus presentations on a specific topic of great interest and benefit to alumni.  If you are interested in a particular topic for the next Virtual Alumni Training Conference please share with us!   Send an email to TCLP with specific topics or ideas you would like to see and why. We look forward to hearing your suggestions!
Critical Language Project
10 months 2 days 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
10 months 2 days ago
Ni Fenfen, former TCLP Exchange teacher, received a CLP Grant for a project for students to do an in-depth exploration of Chinese culture and art. The project involved two field trips to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The first field trip included a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum to see Chinese art treasures, and students also participated in a Chinese Culture & Cuisine festival. Through this field trip, students were given the opportunity to cultivate appreciation for Chinese art, had access to stunning Chinese cultural activities in the festival, and enjoyed authentic Chinese food. The second field trip included a visit to the University of Arizona to take part in their Chinese Health Day, which included activities like exhibitions, games, musical performance, Chinese lion dance, dance performance, fashion show, Chinese martial arts, lecture, and a Chinese proficiency competition. Students were given a deeper understanding of Chinese medicine and health philosophy. In addition to the field trips, the project supported developing teaching and learning materials for the Mandarin classes and the Chinese Club: "Joy Luck Club", in the hope of enhancing club members’ awareness of Chinese culture. The Joy Luck Club organized a New Year celebration in Mingus Union High School cafeteria to enhance the local community members’ awareness of Chinese culture. Teachers, office staff, students, parents, sister school students, and parents and other community members were invited to take part in this celebration. Through the club activity they hoped to get more students learning Mandarin next year and also let more community members know about Chinese culture.
Critical Language Project
10 months 1 week ago
As part of a cross-cultural Critical Language Project, TCLP Teacher Tamer Elsharkawy and his students explored Alexandria, Virginia. His students shared what they learned about Alexandria, Virginia with students in Egypt and in turn, students in Egypt shared what they learned from a field trip to Alexandria, Egypt. Both groups of students practiced their target languages of Arabic and English through the project.
Critical Language Project
11 months 9 hours ago
  TCLP exchange teacher Chen Manman received a CLP grant to establish Culture Corners at her U.S. host school in Massachusetts, Walsh Middle School, and her home school, Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus. Each school established a wish list of authentic learning materials based on their needs and sent the requested resources to each other to begin the set up of the Culture Corner. Ms. Chen hopes that the two schools can maintain communication through the culture corners by conducting joint activities each year. The collaborative partnership will continue over time to provide additional materials to enhance the spread of understanding of each culture and language.   As part of this project, Walsh Middle School held an opening ceremony to introduce this new resource to the student body. Students enrolled in Ms. Chen's Mandarin class prepared posters and booths with different cultural themes using the materials that they received for the Chinese Culture Corner from Ms. Chen's school in China. Other classes from the school attended the opening ceremony and learned about Chinese toys, paper cutting, calligraphy, traditional clothing, books, and how to use chopsticks. Students also prepared short videos of what they learned in their Chinese classes to share with visiting classes. More than 300 students attended the opening ceremony and learned more about Chinese language and culture. In addition, more than 8,000 Chinese students and teachers will benefit from the books and materials that Walsh Middle School sent to Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus.

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