Chinese Fair

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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.

FANtasy

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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.

Terracotta Warrior Exploration

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Mentor teacher Debby Page (2016-2018) and exchange teacher Li Chunping (2017-2018) organized a unit (using the Franklin Institute's Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor K-12 Educators' Guide) focused on the story and science behind the terracotta warriors, exploring Chinese culture, history and language with their students. Working with library media specialists at their school, Ms. Page and Ms. Li Chunping guided students in a virtual field trip to the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an, China.

Chinese Art and Food Appreciation

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Ji Guanping’s (2017-2019) project aimed to enhance students’ cross-cultural understanding and increase their interest in learning about Chinese language and culture. Activities included Chinese New Year poster making, Chinese calligraphy for decoration, appreciating artwork of China and other Asian countries, and trying Chinese food by ordering in the target language in an authentic Chinese restaurant. A culminating event was held simultaneously with parent/teacher conferences for the students to share their experiences and knowledge and celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The Origins of the Names of China

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Xia Zhi, former TCLP Teacher, was awarded a CLP grant to support an immersive exploration of Chinese history and language with his students. Xia Zhi decided to set up this project with his students to focus on the name “China” and delve into the origin of this and other Chinese words. The students did research, interviewed experts, and proved the result of the research. Xia Zhi and his students used the research to develop a book for the school's library. Students learned how to conduct research, assess the outcome of the research, cooperate, and communicate with other people.

Arab World and Language Awareness Week

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Principal Al Church at the Academy for Math, Engineering and Science in Salt Lake City, UT was given CLP funding for an Arab World and Language Awareness Week, conducted in partnership with the University of Utah’s Middle Eastern Center. TCLP Arabic teacher Samir Gibrial collaborated in organizing 65 current students and many community members who participated in multiple activities including: a field trip to the University of Utah’s Middle Eastern Center to observe a university Arabic class, view Arabic artifacts, and share an Arabic meal.

Ancient Near East Culture and Language

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Mentor teacher Robert Wiley at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, IL and TCLP Arabic teacher Abdel Magid Hussein collaborated on a project to enhance 58 Arabic I students' knowledge of Ancient Near East culture and language using resources at the Oriental Institute Museum in Hyde Park, Chicago. In order to initiate interest and basic Arabic knowledge among those not currently enrolled in Arabic, 20 Reading/Writing students were invited on the trip and paired with Arabic students during an Arabic scavenger hunt.