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Critical Language Project
4 weeks 17 hours ago
Passant Aly (2017-2018) will organize an Arabic Club in which participants will get the chance to learn communicative Arabic and experience Arabic culture. The club will meet at Anne Chesnutt Middle School once every week, for eight weeks. Each week there will be a different theme. For example, the first week will focus on language and traditions and the second week students will explore food and festivals. For each theme participants will learn through doing: they will cook, perform dances, learn Arabic letters, and much more. Arabic Club members will also go on field trips and virtual tours of Egypt as well. They will keep a passport in which they jot down all they learned. At the end of the eight weeks, club members will host an Arabic Night event, in which members from the community and other schools will be invited. The Arabic Club will perform the dances they learned and give presentations about the cultural aspects they have experienced. Authentic Arabic food will be served to guests. The night will help promote and show the impact of the Arabic program at Anne Chesnutt.
Critical Language Project
4 weeks 17 hours 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
1 month 1 week ago
Bridget Veitch received a CLP grant to assist with the hosting of the Spring Festival at LaSalle Language Academy in Chicago, Illinois. The Festival will build community support for the Mandarin program at the school. The objectives of the evening are that the performing guests will educate parents about Chinese traditions, and the student presentations will showcase how much they have learned in Chinese language and culture class. A short term goal for the project is that it will enable parents to experience the successes of the current program by seeing how their children have been positively impacted by it.
Critical Language Project
1 month 1 week 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
1 month 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
1 month 2 weeks ago
Ji Guanping received a CLP grant for her project titled, "Chinese Art and Food Appreciation". The project aims to enhance students’ cross-cultural understanding and arouse their interest in learning Chinese language and culture. The activities in the project include Chinese New Year traditions poster making, Chinese calligraphy for decoration, appreciating artworks of China and other Asian countries and trying Chinese food by ordering in the target language in an authentic Chinese restaurant. A culminating event will be 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 the students, but also their family members and friends will learn about Chinese culture and traditions.
Critical Language Project
1 month 2 weeks ago
Zhu Xiaohong received a CLP grant for her project titled “Chinese Cultural Immersion Trip: Art Work, Food and Festivals”. The grant will allow Zhu Xiaohong to collaborate with Philadelphia World Affairs Council to take 55 students to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then to Philadelphia’s Chinatown to experience authentic Chinese food and Lunar New Year festival activities. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, students will go on a guided tour focused specifically on Chinese artwork. Prior to the trip, students will learn vocabulary and phrases that relate to art, food and festival culture in order to make the connection between Chinese language and culture. Students will be encouraged and graded on their usage of such vocabulary and phrases during their trip (for example, they will have to describe the art that they see in Chinese terms and will have to order food together in Chinese). This project is meant to enhance students’ understanding of Mandarin through cultural connections and encourage a deeper connection with the language itself through culture. Finally, the main goal of this project is to increase students’ investment in taking Mandarin classes in order to empower them in the future and to help them be more successful in today’s continuously globalizing world.
Conference
2 months 1 week 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
9 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
1 year 2 weeks ago
The project will help students get introduced to Ancient Egyptian history. Students will visit the planetarium to see how astronomers in Ancient Egypt made the solar calendar and how they told time by stars. They will also explore temples and tombs of the ancient world through the hall of ancient Egypt exhibit. They will learn about mummification and the advanced scientific methods to study mummies through the mummies of the world exhibit. They will delve into cultural practices and clothing of the ancient Egyptians. During cultural comparison activities students will use Arabic vocabulary which will improve their reading and their writing skills.

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