Establish language club or cafe

Critical Language Project
1 year 4 months ago
Mohamed Etify received a CLP grant for his host school’s Arabic language and culture club, the Horus Club. The project supported activities that enriched the students’ knowledge about the target language and culture. Some of these activities included virtual exchanges with another Arabic class in the district, a visit to a local Egyptian restaurant where the 16 language club students ordered food in Arabic, a visit to an Egyptian exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and a school-wide Arabic festival including dance performances with Arabic music and costumes and Arabic arts such as calligraphy. Over xxx students and community members benefited from the activities and festival supported by this project. Over 300 people benefited directly from the project by either taking part in the field trips or the last day of the activities. In addition, the 16 Arabic club members and the regular Arabic students who attended the virtual meetings for a total of 30 students benefited from the project. gram. The project not only spread awareness of the Arabic program and the importance of learning Arabic at Anne Chesnutt Middle but also at the partner school with which Mohamed Etify worked.
Critical Language Project
1 year 8 months ago
Roxana Rivero-Taube (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) and Zhao Xin (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for a Chinese Reading Club for students, teachers, and faculty. From a series of reading activities (such as cross-cultural fair, language art classes, Chinese Club, and Chinese classes) the learners in the community received a basic understanding and engagement with Chinese culture. It was intended to increase people’s interest in Chinese culture and language learning. Some of the activities will continue yearly for the Chinese program. The focus of the activities at Plantation Middle School as well as hosting some activities at the high school will also encourage parent involvement.
Critical Language Project
2 years 3 months ago
Abdelhady Ali (2008-2009) received a CLP grant to found an American Culture Club at Gharbiya STEM School in Tanta, Egypt. Through this club, 100 students will have the opportunity to learn about American films, food, games, dance, music, sports, and holidays, as well as other elements of American culture. Students will also have the opportunity, as part of the American Culture Club, to attend workshops and field trips. Additionally, the club will purchase quality instructional materials to promote the English language program at the school. Through this club, students will be engaged in the study of English through experiential learning and be inspired to continue their study of the language. Students will not be the only beneficiaries; faculty and staff members of the school will also have the opportunity to participate in club activities, as well as community members and teachers from other schools. The club will therefore serve to promote the cultivation of a multicultural educational environment in Tanta.
Critical Language Project
3 years 8 months ago
Mr. Ali developed an American Cultural Club at Gharbiya STEM School in Tanta, Egypt. This project included various activities, experiential learning and direct interaction that motivated and inspire students in their English learning. The CLP funding was used to bring the American English and culture to Egyptian students. The club was one of a kind in Tanta, Egypt. The American Cultural Club strives to reinforce tolerance for all people within the community and school. The American Culture Club provided students with engaging workshops, learning materials, resources, and field trips for members. Initially the club was planned for 50 students, but 100 students requested to become members of the American culture club. In addition to the students 35 teachers and 45 parents and community members also participated in the club's various activities and got exposed to American culture by acting American scenes, cooking American food, drawing American culture related posters, making presentations about important topics in the US, listening to American music, practicing American dancing and participating in field-trips. As part of the club’s activities Mr. Ali arranged a visit to the American University in Cairo to meet and discuss U.S. culture with American professors and other Americans.These activities motivated students, teachers, and community members to participate and support the American culture club activities.
Critical Language Project
4 years 8 months ago
  TCLP exchange teacher Tan Lihua received a CLP grant to establish the Chinese Language Club, an intensive Chinese language program that provides extra learning activities to students who are interested in learning more about Chinese language and culture, and the Chinese Club Newsletter an online Newsletter that provides a report and summary to Chinese Language Club members who participated in different club activities. Students participated in the following activities: a Chinese culture and arts show, a shadow puppet play, making Chinese knots, a traditional Chinese fashion show, making Chinese tea, reading Chinese Books, Chinese calligraphy, playing Chinese cards game, learning Chinese songs, video-conferencing with Chinese students in China to learn more from each other, a lecture from a Chinese calligrapher from the Overseas Chinese Culture Athletic and Arts Federation (OCCAAF), and Chinese Cultural field trips to the international market, Buddhism temple, and a authentic Chinese restaurant.   After the engaging Chinese club activities, students greatly improved their Chinese language skills, which included their Chinese writing and speaking. The Chinese language club largely increased students’ cultural awareness about Chinese culture and arts through diverse Chinese cultural activities and lessons to immerse students into Chinese Culture and language.
Critical Language Project
4 years 8 months ago
  TCLP exchange teacher Chen Fangfang received a CLP grant to help establish and provide resources for a Chinese Club that focused on exploring Chinese culture at Roosevelt Elementary School. 60 Students in grades K-2nd and 3rd-5th participated in sessions of five weeks. The grant provided materials for small group instruction based on Chinese arts, sports, and traditions. Additionally, the grant provided necessary materials for students to prepare an outreach experience for their families at an evening celebration of Chinese culture as well as outreach to other schools and community sites. Many of the items that this grant provided became part of the school’s Chinese language program for future students in the program.   Club activities culminated in a family event night in May 2014 called Chat ‘n Chew that featured the club members sharing what they have learned about Chinese culture. At the event the Kenosha, Wisconsin community were shown calligraphy, watched a shadow puppet show and learned about their Chinese zodiac.   Additionally, students shared what they have learned through outreach by visiting other district schools. Students also were part of three performance teams that preformed outreach: a short fan team, a tai chi team and a songs team. They traveled by bus to two elementary schools and one senior living center to perform. The Roosevelt Chinese Club opened a door for the local community into Chinese culture.
Critical Language Project
4 years 10 months ago
TCLP Arabic teacher Bishoy Demian at Burlington Notre Dame in Burlington, IA applied for a CLP grant to support his visits to his distance learning students and to conduct Arabic Club meetings with non Arabic students at these schools. Over 40 students attended multiple Arabic Club meetings at Notre Dame High School and Tipton High School, exposing non Arabic students to the Arabic language and culture and giving current students an further opportunities to practice the language they learned in Mr. Demian’s distance learning classes. Mr. Demian was able to share books and authentic materials with the students he visited in person, and he expanded their awareness of language focused careers and study by organizing a field trip to the University of Iowa to attend a college-level Arabic course and speak with university students and professors.
Critical Language Project
4 years 10 months ago
Mentor teacher Lisa Giblin at Winton Woods Intermediate School in Cincinnati, OH worked with TCLP Chinese teacher Gong Hongling on a Chinese New Year Festival and Chinese Language Club project. The Chinese Festival promoted many aspects of Chinese culture and language to the community, and included traditional games, dances, Chinese riddles, calligraphy practice, food sampling, and information about Chinese language education and opportunities. The Winton Woods community was invited to participate and over 200 students, parents, and community members attended. The After School Chinese Club aimed to increase interest and future enrollment in Chinese classes and enrichment activities included lessons about making Chinese dumplings and the Chinese masks. Plans for next year’s Chinese Club include beginning the meetings earlier in the year in order to allow for even more students the opportunity to participate.
Critical Language Project
4 years 10 months ago
TCLP Host School Alumni Pratt Community School’s Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson was awarded funding for a grant titled “Arabic Language in the World Today”. This proposal included the creation of an Arabic Language Café, where students and their families can practice their Arabic skills in a 'real life' environment. Students used Arabic to create signage for the restaurant, menus, and table learning opportunities. Students waited on tables and utilized their Arabic skills in the ordering and serving of food. The project also implemented an Arabic club for students in upper grades at Pratt School, and provided Arabic Language Instruction to adults living in the Pratt/University of Minnesota community. The project was considered an overall success because of the joy of learning that it created. Over 400 individuals participated in the first Arabic Café. It was so popular with the students and families, that the school organized 11 more Arabic Café experiences. All of the adults who participated in the Community Education class enjoyed the experience and found it educational. Many of the adults and students who participated in the Arabic classes were interested in continuing their mastery of Arabic.