TCLP - March 2020 Highlights

In this video:

• Deng Xinxin (Scioto Darby Elementary School) leads an “ask and answer” game in Mandarin where students practice speaking about body parts in pairs.

• Tamer Genedy (Washington Latin Public Charter School) is learning about health and safety with his students who are presenting on coronavirus prevention in Arabic.

• Wang Xiaoyue (Beethoven Secondary) is also practicing body parts with her students who take turns calling out Mandarin vocabulary and drawing facial features on a poster.

• Huang Can (Plantation Middle School) reviews the family members in Chinese and helps the students practice writing vocabulary through a counting exercise.

TCLP - February 2020 Highlights

In this video:

• Zhang Mengmeng (Moos Elementary School, IL) teaches elementary school students about sports in Chinese by encouraging them to stand up and shout out the sports they like during a sports spirit day at school.

• Wessam Abdelnaby (J.W. Reason Elementary School, OH) teaches students the directions in Arabic through dancing along with lyrics including “front, back, up, and down.”

• Liang Yan (Mesita Elementary, TX) teaches the Chinese song “Little Rats” in the year of the rat to her students who perform the song with singing and dancing on the stage.

• Amany Malek (Leicester Middle School, MA) teaches a lesson about Arabic pronunciation by having students match syllable cards together to spell their names.

• Chen Yanyi (Lane Tech College Prep high school, IL) conducts a Chinese Talent Show where students ask and answer each other questions about their family members in Chinese.

TCLP - January 2020 Highlights

In this video:

• Li Ning (Chariho Regional High School) practices a Happy New Year song with his students during the first week of class in 2020.

• Manal Salem (Nicotra Early College Charter School, NY) asks students to identify vocabulary related to rooms of the house through a competitive game.

• Hu Xiaomin (Tonopah Valley High School) uses a student-centered game in class to review vocabulary related to family members.

• Mouloud Mahi (Irving Elementary) checks students’ mastery of Arabic numbers through a group activity that uses both interpretive and presentational skills.

• Liang Min (Western High School) uses an inner-outer circle activity to guide a student discussion about their likes and dislikes.

TCLP - December 2019 Highlights

In this video:

• Chen Jinsong (Jackson High School, MI) uses a song and dance to review introductions and teach vocabulary related to nationalities.

• Yasser Beshay (Theodore Roosevelt High School, DC) helps his students practice conversations regarding rooms of the house.

• Gu Lin (Vista Heritage Global Academy, CA) conducts an outreach activity on Chinese calligraphy with elementary students.

• Wessam Abdelnaby (J.W. Reason Elementary School, OH) reinforces clothing vocabulary with her students by having them describe what they are wearing.

• Deng Xinxin (Scioto Darby Elementary School, OH) teaches a lesson about the animals of the Chinese zodiac and practices vocabulary through a song.

TCLP - November 2019 Highlights

In this video:

Zhang Mengmeng (Moos Elementary School) teaches her students a Chinese poem about a goose and reviews the vocabulary related to colors in the poem.

Mahrous Nassef (West High School) leads students in an interactive activity where students take turns interviewing their classmates about daily life activities.

Wang Xiaoyue (Beethoven Secondary) reinforces polite phrases in Chinese by singing a “thank you” song with her students.

Nermeen Aboughoneim (PSJA Memorial Early College High School) organizes a creative fly swatter game to help her students match verbs and rooms of the house.

TCLP - At A Glance

Since 2006, the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) awards U.S. schools the opportunity to host an experienced exchange teacher from Chinese or Arabic speaking countries for one academic year to increase the number of Americans studying important world languages.

TCLP exchange teachers are highly qualified educators from their home countries, who have been foreign language teachers for at least four years, have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and are proficient in written and spoken English.

TCLP is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The goals of TCLP are to increase mutual understanding between U.S. school communities and international communities, develop lasting ties that provide opportunities for U.S. students to learn critical foreign languages from a native speaker, and develop in-depth cultural knowledge from the international teachers.

U.S. host schools receive an exchange teacher for an academic year who helps the school start or expand their Arabic or Chinese program by teaching their native language and conducting outreach in feeder schools and the educational community at large. Host schools also receive visa support for the exchange teacher, monthly maintenance allowances and medical insurance for the exchange teacher, multi-day orientations and professional development workshops throughout the year, and ongoing program monitoring and support.

Additionally, the program enables exchange teachers to experience U.S. culture, improve their English, and expand their knowledge of U.S. teaching methodologies.

TCLP - October 2019 Highlights

In this video:

• Mouloud Mahi (Irving Elementary) reviews vocabulary related to family members through a game where students label pictures of families on the board.

• Xin Fangzheng (East Hartford High School) teaches his students a Chinese song about stars and his students perform a dance to reinforce the vocabulary in the song.

• Manal Salem (Nicotra Early College Charter School) calls out the names of different sports and hobbies in Arabic and her students act out each activity.

• Cai Qi (Memphis Business Academy High School) leads an active game with her students to review the Chinese names of different colors.

• Tamer Genedy (Washington Latin Public Charter School) uses vocabulary flashcards to prompt his students who then build Arabic sentences using the vocabulary words.

TCLP Highlights - September 2019

In this video: Wessam Abdelnaby (J.W. Reason Elementary School, OH) reinforces vocabulary by leading an activity where students identify the shapes and colors on a large die, Lu Sulin (Alfred S. Faust School, NJ) uses physical movement in the classroom to reinforce Chinese numbers, Yasser Beshay’s (Theodore Roosevelt High School, DC) students review Arabic body parts by singing a song while gesturing towards different body parts, Chen Lijun (Watson B. Duncan Middle, FL) teaches his students a rhyme about a rabbit after introducing vocabulary through a craft activity and practicing pronunciation, and Yassin Essaid (Campus International High School, OH) consolidates vocabulary related to body parts through an interactive activity where students compete to identify body parts on the board using flyswatters.

TCLP - April 2019 Highlights

In this video:

Kong Yanli (LaSalle Language Academy, IL) evaluates her students’ comprehension by asking questions about dialogues performed by pairs of students.

Bouchra Ait Msguine (Leicester High School, MA) reinforces vocabulary by asking her students to identify actions projected on the board using fly swatters.

Yang Huihui (East Hartford High School) leads a physical activity to practice direction-related vocabulary and listening skills with her students.

Abdellah Aly (Bearden High School) leads an interactive activity where students practice using prepositions and kitchen vocabulary.

Guo Jin (Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School) reviews vocabulary and sentence structure with her students by playing a collaborative game.

TCLP February 2019 Highlights

In this video:

• Abdelrahaman Dawoud’s (Baltimore International Academy, Baltimore, MD) students learn about Arabic sentence structure and practice reading in small groups through a puzzle activity.

• Li Jing’s (Bonny Eagle High School, Standish, ME) students practice Mandarin conversation in pairs and focus on greetings and asking each other questions.

• Amal Botros (J.W. Reason Elementary, Hilliard, OH) leads an active “Simon Says” game in her class to teach Arabic adjectives.

• Wu Ning’s (Ewa Makai Middle School, Ewa Beach, HI) students practice Chinese New Year greetings and learn about the tradition of giving hongbao.

• Guo Jin (Suder Montessori Magnet ES, Chicago, IL) teaches Chinese New Year greetings and works with her students to practice calligraphy and assemble holiday cards.