Field Trip to Chinatown in New York City

Project Type: 
School Project
Award Project Round: 
Deadline Date: 
Sunday, November 1, 2009

TCLP Chinese teacher Sun Liang and Mentor teacher Claudia Miettunen at Ithaca High School in Ithaca, NY designed a Critical Languages Project grant for a field trip to Chinatown in New York City. Twelve students attended this field trip, including high school Chinese students and middle school students who will be enrolling at Ithaca High School in the coming year. Students learned about the history and culture of Chinese immigrants at the Museum of Chinese in America, and then applied what they learned in the classroom during a scavenger hunt, a Chinese character contest, and an interview with native Mandarin speakers. Students learned new vocabulary as they searched for Chinese characters, and recorded conversations in Chinese to be used during class and outreach presentations. Using this project as a template, future field trips are planned for next year to increase motivation and enrollment in Chinese classes.