Organize a student camp on language and culture

Critical Language Project
2 years 6 months ago
Passant Aly (2017-2018) organized an Arabic Club in which participants got the chance to learn communicative Arabic and experience Arabic culture. The club met at Anne Chesnutt Middle School once every week, for eight weeks. Each week there was a different theme. For example, the first week focused on language and traditions and the second week students explored food and festivals. For each theme participants learned through doing: they cooked, performed dances, learned Arabic letters, and much more. Arabic Club members also went on field trips and virtual tours of Egypt as well. They kept a passport in which they jot down all they learned. At the end of the eight weeks, club members hosted an Arabic Night event, in which members from the community and other schools were invited. The Arabic Club performed the dances they learned and gave presentations about the cultural aspects they experienced. Authentic Arabic food was served to guests. The night helped promote and show the impact of the Arabic program at Anne Chesnutt.
Critical Language Project
4 years 8 months ago
At Provo High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, TCLP Arabic teacher Mohammed El Naggar and mentor teacher Audrey Bastian proposed an Arabic Day Camp. More than 270 students from 9 different schools throughout Utah attended this Day Camp during which six different aspects of Arabic language and culture were highlighted. Students in Provo’s Arabic program practiced their language skills with fellow student and teacher visitors. All student attendees applied what they learn in class during real life conversations as they served as guides for visitors, venders in the Arabic street market set up, and actors in Arabic role plays. Non Arabic students were exposed to new culture, customs and basic Arabic phrases. The passports that students had stamped at each station helped them share what they had learned during the day with family and friends at home. The attendance of local media at the fair helped Provo High School increase awareness of the Arabic program within the community.
Critical Language Project
4 years 8 months ago
Mentor teacher Jacqueline Coe and TCLP Chinese teacher Zhao Yanzhen at Bow High School in Bow, NH implemented a project entitled: “Chinese Language: Practice, Outreach, and Sustainability”. The project contained three subcomponents aimed at enhancing and increasing critical language learning and outreach. A field trip to Boston’s Chinatown targeted a total of 40 current Chinese students and students in the Chinese Club that might be interested in enrolling in Chinese classes in the future. As part of the project a community-wide Spring Festival Celebration gave current students another opportunity to demonstrate their acquired skills through performances, stations, and games played with an estimated 200 Festival attendees. Finally, a Chinese Academy was developed for students in Grades 3-8 to allow them to self-select an additional Chinese class during their regular schedule once a week. Younger students gained additional exposure to Chinese as a result of this Academy, which is being designed in partnership with the University of New Hampshire to ensure a more sustainable Chinese Academy that will continue in future years.
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".