Conduct training for students in alumni home school or community

4 years 5 months ago
  The 3rd Annual TCLP Virtual Alumni Training Conference took place on February 24 and February 25, 2016   Alumni from China, Egypt, and the United States met for a two-day virtual conference on developing and delivering trainings for students and peers. Each day included presentations and scheduled time for Q&A.   The featured presentations were conducted by TCLP Alumni   Wednesday, February 24, 2016: Peer/Teacher Training TCLP alumni Chen Jinyun and Mohamed Mehanny (2013-2014) discussed how they have used their experiences from their time in the United States to develop and deliver trainings to their colleagues in China and Egypt.   Thursday, February 25, 2016: Student Training TCLP alumni Mohamed Hassan and Fu Ailing (2011-2012) discussed how they have used their TCLP experiences to develop unique student trainings after returning to China and Egypt.   Each day, the sessions lasted for an hour and included speaker presentations and group discussion. To view the recordings, click the links above.   Please view the attached flyer for further details about the the conference and biographies for the presenters.   The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by American Councils for International Education.
Critical Language Project
4 years 8 months ago
  With the help of CLP grant, TCLP alumna Fu Ailing worked with volunteers to conduct summer English lessons for students in grades 4-6 at Jinye Primary School in Guizhou Province, China. Jinye is situated far away from major cities in the mountains and consequently does not have a regular English teacher. The primary objective of Fu Ailing's project was to teach these students some basic English and to lay a sound foundation for their English learning in middle school.   During the summer of 2015, Fu Ailing taught 80 students in total for 20 days. In this time, the students learned the alphabet, vocabulary related to food, the classroom, family, and numbers and practiced saying full sentences in English to greet one another and introduce themselves. In addition, students successfully learned to sing 2 songs in English. Fu Ailing used different teaching methods to make the class relaxing and interesting for students. She used TPR to help students remember nouns and verbs and designed different games for her classes. At the end of the summer training, the students reported that they enjoyed the English class very much and hope to continue learning next summer.   In addition to teaching English to the students, Fu Ailing also held a round table discussion with the local teachers and other volunteer teachers. This meeting helped Fu Ailing to better understand the teachers' difficulties and needs in teaching in this region. She also exchanged ideas with the teachers about cooperative learning.   After returning to her home school, Fu Ailing conducted a presentation for her students and colleagues. As a result, some teachers at her school have shown an interest in volunteering at Jinye Primary School with Fu Ailing the following summer. "In my own community", said Fu Ailing, "more people began to care about the education, the English learning of the kids in mountain areas".  
Critical Language Project
4 years 9 months ago
  Alumna mentor teacher, Laura Koebel, was awarded a CLP grant to implement a three-part project designed to promote the Arabic program at Plymouth High School, inform others about Arabic culture and language, and provide support to current Arabic students.   In part one of the project, students hosted a culture and language fair at Plymouth High School. The objective of the fair was to increase awareness and interest in the Arabic program in order to ensure success and program continuation. The fair evolved into a language fair featuring all of the school's languages, however Arab culture remained the primary focus. Attendees learned how to write their names in Arabic and in hieroglyphics, received henna tattoos, and tried Kosherie, a traditional Egyptian dish. Musicians from Palestine also gave a drum performance and discussed stereotypes about the Arab world.   For the second part of the project, Plymouth High School invited a second-year Arabic student to speak with students about the benefits of learning the Arabic and opportunities for future study. The class enjoyed falafel and baba ganoush as a taste of traditional cuisine and students were encouraged and inspired by the guest’s comments.   The final part of the project was intended supplement the school's tutor fund for conversation coaches from University of Wisconsin- Madison. Plymouth High School partnered with UW-Madison Arabic students to act as conversation coaches and tutors throughout the year. The objective was to give the students communication practice and time to ask questions about content studied. Students met through Skype with tutors from the UW-Madison Language Institute on a weekly basis.