Acquire books and teaching materials

Critical Language Project
1 month 1 week ago
Li Ning (2019-2020) received a Round 19 CLP grant to support the purchase of instructional materials for Chariho Regional High School. With CLP support, CRHS acquired new Level I and II instructional materials including textbooks and workbooks in Spring 2020 and is currently purchasing additional Level III instructional materials based on a communicative teaching approach and thematic content. Mr. Li worked with his TCLP mentor teacher to map curricula for each level and began using the new materials with his Level I and II students starting in Spring 2020. In a student survey, the majority of students reported that the new textbooks benefited their learning and increased their confidence in learning Mandarin. Classroom observations also showed that the new instructional materials increased student enthusiasm in class.
Critical Language Project
1 year 9 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 4 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 9 months ago
Madison East High School and Plymouth High School co-hosted TCLP teacher, Mahmoud Hegazy, for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. Both high schools previously hosted TCLP teachers for Arabic and continued their programs through facilitated language class where students study an Arabic curriculum independently, participate in weekly skype sessions from university tutors, and communicate with local Arabic speakers. In order to generate further enthusiasm for both programs the school developed a unique schedule for Mr. Hegazy that gave each class individual time with him. Mr. Hegazy stayed primarily in Madison and traveled to Plymouth for one week each month. This CLP made it possible for Mahmoud to travel and teach at Plymouth.
Critical Language Project
3 years 9 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 5 months ago
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. Student got and in-depth perspective of the origins of Mandarin Chinese words and language to expand their Mandarin reading and speaking skills.
Critical Language Project
4 years 7 months ago
Ni Fenfen, former TCLP Exchange teacher, received a CLP Grant for a project for students to do an in-depth exploration of Chinese culture and art. The project involved two field trips to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The first field trip included a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum to see Chinese art treasures, and students also participated in a Chinese Culture & Cuisine festival. Through this field trip, students were given the opportunity to cultivate appreciation for Chinese art, had access to stunning Chinese cultural activities in the festival, and enjoyed authentic Chinese food. The second field trip included a visit to the University of Arizona to take part in their Chinese Health Day, which included activities like exhibitions, games, musical performance, Chinese lion dance, dance performance, fashion show, Chinese martial arts, lecture, and a Chinese proficiency competition. Students were given a deeper understanding of Chinese medicine and health philosophy. In addition to the field trips, the project supported developing teaching and learning materials for the Mandarin classes and the Chinese Club: "Joy Luck Club", in the hope of enhancing club members’ awareness of Chinese culture. The Joy Luck Club organized a New Year celebration in Mingus Union High School cafeteria to enhance the local community members’ awareness of Chinese culture. Teachers, office staff, students, parents, sister school students, and parents and other community members were invited to take part in this celebration. Through the club activity they hoped to get more students learning Mandarin next year and also let more community members know about Chinese culture.
Critical Language Project
4 years 8 months ago
  TCLP exchange teacher Chen Manman received a CLP grant to establish Culture Corners at her U.S. host school in Massachusetts, Walsh Middle School, and her home school, Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus. Each school established a wish list of authentic learning materials based on their needs and sent the requested resources to each other to begin the set up of the Culture Corner. Ms. Chen hopes that the two schools can maintain communication through the culture corners by conducting joint activities each year. The collaborative partnership will continue over time to provide additional materials to enhance the spread of understanding of each culture and language.   As part of this project, Walsh Middle School held an opening ceremony to introduce this new resource to the student body. Students enrolled in Ms. Chen's Mandarin class prepared posters and booths with different cultural themes using the materials that they received for the Chinese Culture Corner from Ms. Chen's school in China. Other classes from the school attended the opening ceremony and learned about Chinese toys, paper cutting, calligraphy, traditional clothing, books, and how to use chopsticks. Students also prepared short videos of what they learned in their Chinese classes to share with visiting classes. More than 300 students attended the opening ceremony and learned more about Chinese language and culture. In addition, more than 8,000 Chinese students and teachers will benefit from the books and materials that Walsh Middle School sent to Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus.
Critical Language Project
4 years 11 months ago
  Wendy Pugh, World Cultures Coordinator at Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) in Washington, DC, received a CLP grant to purchase Arabic language resources for students. CHEC purchased textbooks and CDs on language instruction and Arabic culture to help expand the Arabic language program developed by TCLP teacher Yasser Eldeabes. The school also used the purchased books to implement an Arabic Reading Group that focuses on Arabic language and culture and is open to all students within the District of Columbia Public School system.