China

Critical Language Project
2 months 4 weeks ago
Wu Ning (Ewa Makai Middle School, 2018-2019) and LeeAnn Manuel (Ewa Makai Middle School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The celebration will be part of our school’s project “Tiger Fest.” On the day of the celebration there will be events to attract students and community members. They will be able to taste Chinese food like dumplings and Tanyuan and have some tea with the food. They will make art crafts, such as papercutting, Chinese knotting, lanterns, and hanging ornaments. They will also be able to try calligraphy by writing spring couplets and Fu sign. During the celebration there will be a display of students’ work and a performance for the audience, showing what the students have learned in Chinese class and club. We will also conduct a field trip to Chinatown on February 5th to watch the New Year Parade and enjoy authentic Chinese food.
Critical Language Project
2 months 4 weeks ago
Shen Yan (Tonopah Valley High School, 2018-2019) and Michael Valdez (Tonopah Valley High School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for a Chinese New Year Week. The event was held during Spring Festival. Chinese teacher organized the celebration of this festival with students, teachers, and parents from the U.S. host school. The Chinese New Year Week lasted for four days. Each day had a different topic for celebration. The first day there was papercutting demonstration. The seconds day was dedicated to a calligraphy workshop to create couplets. The third day dumplings were made by Shen Yan and her students for lunch. The fourth day there was an introduction to traditional Chinese sports. Twenty-one students helped Shen Yan to teach Chinese language and vocabulary related to the four days of activities to over 100 attendees.
Critical Language Project
2 months 4 weeks ago
Bao Qingmei (STEP Academy, 2018-2019) and Marwa Borghol (STEP Academy, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for a Chinese Fair, in which students and faculty will demonstrate what a traditional Chinese fair is like. There will be food, snacks for sale, and Chinese dumpling tutorials. There will also be an arts section where participants can enjoy and learn to write Chinese calligraphy, brush painting, papercutting, and how to paint a Peking Opera mask. In additional, there will be a variety of performances such as a Chinese dance call guozhuang, Chinese children’s songs, and martial and Tai Chi performances. There will be some traditional Chinese sports for participants to join in on, like shuttlecock and long rope jumping. There will be prizes for those who do well in these activities.
Critical Language Project
2 months 4 weeks ago
Chen Ken (Moos Elementary School, 2018-2019) and Rafael Jimenez (Moos Elementary School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to attend a Chinese New Year’s Parade on Sunday February 10, 2019. As part of our school's cultural learning a bus will be organized to transport families to Chinatown for the event. Families will sign up on a first come, first serve basis with up to 50 people on the bus. After the parade, students and families will be able to explore Chinatown and eat at a restaurant with food from the Sichuan Province. This learning will impact even more students with photographs and story sharing by the students during class.
Critical Language Project
2 months 4 weeks ago
Guo Jin (Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for a sister city project. The sister city project will extend the success of the Chinese Club at Suder Montessori Magnet School by allowing access to Chinese language and culture with more students. The grant will be used to obtain Chinese resources for the students to have more firsthand contact with China. The resources will include primary sources like books and newspapers, in addition to tools to support students with Chinese cooking, art, dance costumes, and field trips.
Critical Language Project
2 months 4 weeks ago
Zou Feili (Bodine High School for International Affairs, 2018-2019) and Kasey Trapp (Bodine High School for International Affairs, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to hold a "Lunar New Year Celebration." Through the project funds they organized an after-school event open to all students and faculty members at Bodine High School for International Affairs. The event was primarily organized and implemented by current Chinese 2 students. Close to 80 Chinese 2 students not only prepare for the event in learning more about Chinese language, culture, and history in the classroom, but they were also responsible for decorations, set-up of the event, and running each of the activity stations. The project was meant to enhance students' understanding of Mandarin through cultural connections and encourage a deeper connection with the language itself through culture. Over 100 students participated in the event. The Lunar New Year Celebration increased students' investment in continuing to take Mandarin, thereby further empowering them in the future to become successful in today's continuously globalizing world and the global market.
Critical Language Project
2 months 4 weeks ago
Bridget Veitch (LaSalle Language Academy, 2018-2019), Kong Yanli (LaSalle Language Academy, 2018-2019), and Wang Xia (LaSalle Language Academy, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for LaSalle Language Academy to hold a Spring Festival Celebration to teach the students and parent community about the Chinese New Year. The Spring festival at LaSalle will include student performances, authentic Chinese performers, a raffle, and silent auction items. It served the dual purpose of starting a fundraising campaign to help finance a potential TCLP teacher for LaSalle for the 2019/20 school year. Almost all the students of Mandarin performed in the event, and they took pride in rehearsing and performing. Over 300 people attended and the event was successful in raising funds for the school to get a TCLP teacher in 2019-2020.
Critical Language Project
2 months 4 weeks ago
Zhao Xin (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) and Roxana Rivero-Taube (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to hold a Chinese New Year Celebration for the students, teachers, parents, faculty, community members, and guests. From a series of activities, like lectures, assemblies, cross-culture fair, and Chinese Club, the people in the community will get a basic understanding and full engagement of Chinese Culture. The idea to spread the knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture, history, and traditions, as well as the language to the community at large in order to increase people's interest in Chinese culture and language learning. We will focus on the activities in Plantation Middle School as well as activities in elementary schools and high schools.
Conference
4 months 1 week 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
10 months 3 weeks ago
Zhang Wenjie (2017-2018) received, with mentor teacher Ivy Yiu (2017-2018), a CLP grant to hold, at the North Warren Multi-cultural fair, an event that will introduce the folk art of Chinese fan-making to the school district and community. As part of the FANtasy project, students enrolled Mandarin I and those in the North Warren Chinese Club will perform a traditional Chinese fan dance and sing a traditional Chinese folk song. Students attending will have the opportunity to learn and share about the cultural meanings and history of Chinese paper fans by painting fans, using the techniques of calligraphy and ink-wash painting. Additionally, students will also have the opportunity to make a digital fan through a cellphone application and to make posters for the event. This event will serve to promote the development of the incipient Mandarin Chinese program in the school district through engaging cultural activities.

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