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Critical Language Project
4 months 3 weeks ago
Ahmed Mohamed (2014-2015) received a CLP grant to take the CELTA certification course offered at the British Council in Cairo. In Egypt, Ahmed teaches English at the Assuit STEM School. Through the CELTA course, Ahmed will have the opportunity to develop as a teacher so as to be better equipped to prepare his students for higher education (many of his students apply to universities abroad) and future careers. He also plans to share the knowledge he will gain through the course with other teachers at his home school.
10 months 1 week ago
TCLP Alumni from around the world met for a two-day virtual conference on Alumni Cooperation. Each day included engaging presentations on collaborative alumni projects. The sessions were facilitated by TCLP staff and featured alumni guests from China and Egypt who collaborated with alumni in implementing a vital project or training.  Wednesday, December 13, 2017: Alumni Cooperation I TCLP alumni Zheng Meng (2015-2016) and Amany Kasab (2015-2016) discussed how to coordinate a critical project with fellow alumni.  Thursday, December 14, 2017: Alumni Cooperation II TCLP alumni Qu Bingbing (2014-2015) and Chen Manman (2015-2016) shared how effectively working with alumni can impact your educational community through professional development trainings.   Each day, the sessions lasted for an hour starting at 3:00pm in Egypt, 9:00pm in China, and 8:00am (EST) in the U.S.   To watch in China visit: http://i.youku.com/i/UMTkzMjIxMDQ4OA==?spm=a2hzp.8244740.0.0   Please view the attached flyer for further details about the conference and biographies for the presenters and click the following link for PPTs and Resources from Presenters: https://www.adrive.com/public/dVNqZW/Alumni%20Conference%20-%20Alumni%20...   The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education.
Critical Language Project
1 year 5 months ago
TCLP 2015 alumna Zheng Meng was awarded a Critical Language Project grant in the amount of $2950 to conduct a TESL Professional Development Workshop at her home school in China. The full day workshop featured speakers from the Regional English Language Office (RELO) and two TCLP Alumni who shared best practices in student performance assessment and English teaching methodologies. The project was implemented in Chongqing Experimental Foreign Language School, where 40% of the teachers have been in the teaching profession for less than 5 years and needed improvement of their teaching practices. On the day of the workshop Ms. Zheng Meng together with Ms.Sun Liang (2009 alumna and Mr. Xia Zhi (2015 alumnus) did a TCLP program introduction, followed by a brief discussion on the differences between Chinese and American educations. This session was followed by four breakout sessions conducted by two RELO guest speakers and two TCLP alumni. Two of the hour-long sessions provided training on Multiple Intelligence and Cooperative Learning (conducted by Ms.Sun Liang) as well as Project-Based Learning (conducted by Mr.Xia Zhi). The workshop also include two 90 minute sessions on Formative Assessment and Rubrics (conducted by Mr.Ian Baecht) and Communicative Reading Activities and Reading Fluency (conducted by Mr.Kevin Sprague). 140 teachers attended and directly benefited from this highly successful workshop. Furthermore, the workshop materials were shared widely among the English teachers in the school who couldn't attend the event. As a result of the training over 9000 students will have better English learning experience , and with 3000 new students joining Chongqing Experimental Foreign Language School each year, the number of benefiting students will continue to grow.
Critical Language Project
1 year 8 months ago
Ms. Qu Bingbing, along with fellow TCLP alumni Xing Yali, and Sun Qi organized a workshop with two English Language Fellows from the U.S. and shared advanced teaching methodologies and effective English teaching techniques to English teachers in Tangyuan, Huanan and Jiamusi, China. The highly successful workshop provided professional development for over 350 English teachers in Qu Bingbing's hometown. The participating teachers had the opportunity to learn about U.S. teaching methodologies, especially students-centered interactive classroom teaching. During the workshop, TCLP English Language Fellows Mr. Sprague and Ms Heidi Jo Bartlett and alumni interact with the teachers on effective and attractive English teaching methodologies and share their best practices in teaching. Furthermore, the workshop benefited the three collaborating TCLP alumni as they honed their peer-training and organizational skills.
1 year 10 months ago
Alumni from China and Egypt met for a two-day virtual conference on Leadership in Education. Each day included dynamic round-table discussions on Educational Leadership. The sessions were facilitated by TCLP staff and featured alumni guests from China and Egypt who have achieved leadership positions in their schools, departments, and districts.  Thursday, December 15, 2016: Leading in Your Educational Community I TCLP alumni Yu Meihong (2008-2009), Samar Abdelfatah (2015-2016), Yu Yifang (2009-2010) and Mohamed Abdelsamad (2011-2012) discussed leading by example in your educational community, how to advocate for change in your school, and resources and best practices to cultivate leadership skills.  Friday, December 16, 2016: Leading in Your Educational Community II TCLP alumni Ezzat Gadelmola (2010-2011), Zhang Hong (2009-2010), Hanan Gawdet (2012-2013) and Cheng Ye (2011-2012) shared how they are using their international experiences as school leaders and best practices for effective leaders.   Each day, the sessions lasted for an hour starting at 3:00pm in Egypt, 9:00pm in China, and 8:00am (EST) in the U.S.   To watch each day of the conference click on the following links:     To access in China please use the following links:http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTg3MzQ0NTU5Ng (Day One)http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTg3NDkxMDU0MA (Day Two)   Please view the attached flyer for further details about 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
2 years 5 months ago
  Jia Lili (2015) was awarded a CLP grant to conduct a professional development program for teachers in Hebei Province in September 2016. Ms. Jia modeled the program after the professional development training sessions she attended through TCLP and her U.S. host school while teaching Mandarin at Walnut Elementary School in California. She conducted this project in collaboration with two other TCLP alumni: Chen Manman (2015) and Chen Jinyun (2013). The project was supported by the Institute of Education and Research in Shijiazhuang, which invited teachers from schools across the city to participate in the project. Two hundred and seventy-six teachers from twelve different schools ultimately attended the conference and workshops, which took place at No. One Senior High School. Teachers were able to choose training topics that interested them, including “Classroom Management”, “Helping At-risk Students and Class Size”, “English Reading and How to Foster Students’ Reading Ability”, and “How to Solve Your Problems in Teaching ”.
2 years 7 months ago
 Welcome to the Alumni Conferences Section of the TCLP Website   TCLP organizes annual conferences for alumni to share and discuss educational best practices in teaching critical languages, developing programs, and effective projects in cross-cultural exchange.  This year's conference took place on December 13 and 14, 2017. The format combined presentations and round-table discussion on Alumni Collaboration. Through this format alumni attendees had the opportunity to learn from the unique perspectives and experiences of their peers and how they developed projects in their home countries and the US. Look out for a new conference in 2018!   Each year, TCLP staff and alumni meet virtually and focus presentations on a specific topic of great interest and benefit to alumni.  If you are interested in suggesting a future topic for an Alumni Conference please share with us!   Send an email to TCLP with specific topics or ideas you would like to see and why. We look forward to hearing your suggestions!
Critical Language Project
2 years 9 months ago
Chen Jinyun, a 2013 Chinese alum from Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus, in Nanjing, China, received a CLP grant to organize TESL professional development for ESL teachers at her home school. The project included school community conferences, regional conferences and national conferences, faculty visits to other schools for English class observations, presentations at regional teaching events, teaching competitions, school-based training sessions, and international video conferences with Dracut High School (Ms. Chen’s host school). The project allowed Ms. Chen to share fresh ideas from her experience of teaching in the U.S. and inspire teachers to reflect on existing teaching methods and change them to be more interactive and engaging. Workshops directly helped teachers in devising curricula, designing lesson plans, giving differentiated instruction, making SMART objectives and assessments, and learning more student-centered teaching methods and class management strategies. Moreover, launching international video conferences with her host school in the U.S. was a new communicative experience for teachers, which provided them with more opportunities to ask questions and learn from others. Research seminars provided more teachers with opportunities to learn different assessment methods.
2 years 10 months ago
On January 14 and January 15, 2014 TCLP alumni from China and Egypt met for a Two-Day Virtual Conference about Student-Centered Teaching. Presentations lasted for 30 minutes and included group discussions. The following alumni gave overviews of effective student-centered strategies they have employed and more.  Ez Eldin Salem (2010) presented on how he benefited from participating in TCLP and discussed the best practices of student-centered instruction he learned at his U.S. host school. The presentation emphasized the importance of student-centered instruction and frankly reveals the difficulties which teachers face in the Egyptian classes when they want to make their classes student-centered. It also gives solutions and suggestions to overcome these difficulties. The presentation is supported by short video extracts from his classes in Plymouth, USA and Behera.  Zhang Juncheng (2012) presented on his experience of student-centered teaching in his elementary school in China. First, he talked about the differences of student-centered teaching between China and the U.S. Then he showed how to organize student-centered teaching in an elementary school class. The teaching plan and the learning materials gave the audience more suggestions and ideas on classroom activities and school based curriculum planning.  Marwa Elgezery (2012) presented on how movies offer an unbeatable combination of real-world language in context and cultural information integrated with text and image. In this session, alumni learned how to choose and evaluate films to use as assessments and learning activities in the classroom. Alumni also learned how to prepare and plan the film unit including choosing a good film and establishing the baseline for the unit aligned to learning objectives.  To watch the conference click on the links above!
Critical Language Project
2 years 11 months ago
TCLP mentor teacher alumni Steven Berbeco was awarded a CLP for his grant proposal to organize a meeting of The Teachers of Arabic Language K-12 network at the Northeast Conference on Teaching of Foreign Languages in Baltimore, MD. At this meeting, he hosted a best practices workshop and professional networking meeting with 20 teachers of Arabic who came from all over the United States. At that time there was no other national organization that provided support for Arabic classroom teachers to exchange curriculum ideas, develop teaching skills and share best practices, so the aim of this bi-annual meeting was to provide an opportunity for these 20 teachers to participate in a 3 hour hands-on workshop and share ideas with one another. CLP funding provided support for the meeting materials and resource books. This project was successful in its goal of exchanging curriculum ideas, developing teaching skills and other best practices, and supporting each other as professionals. As part of the workshop the teachers reviewed current curriculum materials, discussed best practices from their classroom experiences, and performed materials development exercises.