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China

Critical Language Project
7 months 2 days ago
Wang Ling received a CLP grant to build a sister school relationship between her host school in Rhode Island, Chariho Regional High School, and her home school in China, No.1 High School of Liuyang. The main goals of the project are to coordinate regular virtual exchanges for students at both schools, offer professional development opportunities for teachers in the U.S. and China to share best practices, establish exchange programs for Chinese students to study at Chariho Regional High School as international students for U.S. students to study at No.1 High School of Liuyang or to volunteer, and to establish a Chinese language and culture classroom at Chariho Regional High School. Students at the host and home schools have already connected through virtual exchanges and will continue to connect though art exchanges, speech competitions, and other virtual activities. The principals of both schools have met through video conferences and the principal of Chariho Regional High School will visit No.1 High School of Liuyang in June 2019. This CLP will support language learning and cultural exchange between students, teachers, and administrators at the host and home schools.
Critical Language Project
7 months 2 days ago
Kong Yanli received a CLP grant to build a sister school relationship between her home school in China, Yichang Foreign Language Junior High School and Nettlehorst Elementary in Chicago, Illinois, which is in the same district as her host school in the US. The relationship started with a pen-pal program, joint-classroom projects, the establishment of a Chinese Club at Nettlehorst Elementary, and will develop into an in-person, student exchange. The visit to the U.S. will take place in the summer for about two weeks as a summer camp. As a result of this CLP, the schools hope to have a yearly visit to the U.S. and eventually have the opportunity for American students to visit Kong Yanli’s students in China.
Critical Language Project
7 months 2 days ago
Gu Zhen received a CLP grant to develop and hold a workshop to share the effective teaching methodologies and teaching practices that she learned in the United States with English as a Foreign Language teachers in her home school and sister schools in China. She will work with other TCLP alumni to show how they apply what they learned from their TCLP experience to their home classroom teaching. Their intention is to create an atmosphere for the participant to experience a very interactive, participatory workshop. At the end, they will introduce the participants to the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) and shared resources for online courses for professional development. They believe that they can always be better educators and want to share this expectation with their colleagues in China.
Critical Language Project
10 months 2 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. Wu Ning and her mentor teacher LeeAnn Manuel received a CLP grant to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The celebration was part of the school’s project “Tiger Fest” – a day open to students and community members. On the day of the celebration, experiences including sampling of Chinese food such as dumplings and Tanyuan, trying traditional Chinese tea, making crafts including papercutting, Chinese knotting, lanterns, and hanging ornaments were all available to attendees. People who partook in the Tiger Fest also had the opportunity to try calligraphy by writing spring couplets and the Fu sign. During the celebration there was a display of students’ work and a performance for the audience, showing what the students have learned in Chinese class and club. Students taking Chinese classes also went to Chinatown to watch the New Year Parade and enjoy authentic Chinese food.
Critical Language Project
10 months 2 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
10 months 2 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 demonstrated what a traditional Chinese fair is like. There was food, snacks for sale, and Chinese dumpling tutorials. There was also an arts section where participants learned to write Chinese calligraphy, brush painting, papercutting, and how to paint a Peking Opera mask. In additional, there was a variety of performances such as a Chinese dance call guozhuang, Chinese children’s songs, and martial and Tai Chi performances. There was some traditional Chinese sports for participants to join in on, like shuttlecock and long rope jumping. There was prizes for those who did well in these activities.
Critical Language Project
10 months 2 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 the school's cultural learning, families visited Chinatown for the event. After the parade, students and families explored Chinatown and ate at a restaurant with food from the Sichuan Province. This learning impacted even more students with photographs and story sharing by the students who attened the trip during class.
Critical Language Project
10 months 2 weeks ago
Guo Jin received a CLP grant to help her start a sister city project between her host school and home school. The sister city project built upon the success of the Chinese Club at Suder Montessori Magnet School by allowing access to Chinese language and culture with more students. The grant was used to obtain Chinese resources for the students to have more firsthand contact with China. The resources included primary sources like books and newspapers, in addition to tools to support students with Chinese cooking, art, dance costumes, and field trips. Students were ultimately able to fundraise a trip to China during April vacation to meet students from Guo Jin’s home school, Deyang NO.5 Middle School, located in Jingyang, Deyang, Sichuan China. A follow up trip of Chinese students to Guo Jin’s U.S. host school was also planned to take place in October 2019.
Critical Language Project
10 months 2 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
10 months 2 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.

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