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Capstone Project
10 months 14 hours ago
My capstone project aims at giving my school and community the opportunity to enjoy a variety of authentic cultural experiences. It also seeks ways to sustain Arabic learning through a series of video conferences with students and guest speakers from different places particularly Arabic speaking countries. In this respect, my students and the members of my community have had the chance to : - interact with students from 6 schools in Morocco : they discussed issues related to Education, life style, food, music, traditions.... - Speak to three guests speakers who shared with them many interesting cultural aspects particularly living in Morocco as expatriates ( Ms.Lena, Ms Jeannette and Mr.Khalid ) - Watched more than 50 videos about Moroccan food, music, architecture, history .... - tasted a variety of Moroccan cuisine . - Tried out Moroccan traditional garments. -Invited to visit and eat in Moroccan restaurants in Sacramento such as Casablanca and Khasbah. The last part of my multi-layer project is a special art project( a giant puzzle as my students call it ). A tiger’s head ( the school symbol) in a form of mosaic. It is comprised of over 60 world languages ( hello and welcome phrases engraved on Khamsah ) particularly Arabic . I started work on the project in January, and It will be revealed either in the last week of April or May since it requires tons of hours. We also want to give more time to parents to buy the ' Khamsah". The project will be displayed on the school yard with a sign showing ' Teachers of Critical Languages logo and other participants'. In April 24th, I am giving a cooking class at a public library and it is an occasion to sustain the Arabic program in my community. Most importantly, I am going to put a table and distribute flyers in April 26th during the International fair in my school . The first week of June, I am going to furnish a corner at our school library with books in Arabic and other resources.Finally, when I return home, I will make many short videos and make them available to my school to assist the students in learning Arabic. Please see the attached documents for more information about the mosaic . PS: There is still about 15% of work to be done to finish the ' giant' mosaic. More photos: https://www.facebook.com/abdelilah.elalaoui05/photos_all What is Khamsah? Hamsa The hamsa (Arabic: خمسة‎ khamsah, meaning lit. “five”) is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. The symbol predates Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In Islam, it is also known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Muhammad’s daughter Fatima Zahra (c. 605 or 615 – 633). Levantine Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the Virgin Mary. Jews refer to it as the hand of Miriam in remembrance of the biblical Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron. Some say that in Islamic tradition the five fingers represent the Five Pillars of Islam. In Old-Turkish this sign is called: ‘pence-i al-i aba’, with ‘pence’ meaning ‘hand’ or ‘five’, referring to the household of the Islamic prophet Muhammed. The household of Muhammed is enumerated as those five people over whom the prophet held a cloth; they are: Fatima-tül Zehra, Ali-el Mürteza, Hasan-ül Mücteba, Hüseyin-i Desht-i Kerbela, Muhammed Mustafa. https://thesevenworlds.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/hand-of-fatima/
Capstone Project
10 months 14 hours ago
Capstone project : Tiger's head mosaic comprised of 62 languages, students and parents' names. Thomas Edison Language Institute Sacramento, California What: - The project is an 8 foot tall mosaic of the TE tiger’s head with a colorful tiled/brickwork base. - The mosaic is comprised of the hamsa, or khamsah, shape, repeated 1000-2000 times. Black or orange shapes will create the picture. - TE families can buy a khamsah and get a name engraved on it. - The khamsah shape is about 2.5” tall, and the font size is about 24 points (this text is 12 point font). In partnership with Parents Association at Thomas Edison Language Institute, I am making it possible to students and parents to leave their marks on an art project! The latter is a tiger’s head ( the school symbol) in a form of mosaic. The project is really special: it is comprised of over 60 world languages ( hello and welcome phrases engraved on Khamsah ).Importantly, people will buy ‘ khamasah’ and they can choose names they would like to engrave on tiles/khamasah. I have already started working on the project with one parent as it requires tons of hours. We bought the material required and I have started putting ’ the mosaic.The project will be revealed in April. PS: The project will be revealed to the public by May. What is khamsah? The hamsa (Arabic: خمسة‎ khamsah; Hebrew: חַמְסָה‬, also romanized khamsa; Berber languages tafust) is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings.[1][2] Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many times throughout history, the hamsa is believed by some, predominantly Muslims, Jews and Christians, to provide defense against the evil eye. It has been theorized that its origins lie in Ancient Egypt or Carthage (modern-day Tunisia) and may have been associated with the Goddess Tanit.[3] Khamsah is an Arabic word that means "five", but also "the five fingers of the hand".[4][5][6] The Hamsa is also variously known as the Hand of Fatima after the daughter of the prophet Muhammad,[7] the Hand of Mary, the Hand of Miriam, and the Hand of the Goddess. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamsa
Capstone Project
10 months 1 day ago
My capstone project is having students experience Chinese culture in the Chinese community in Chicago. We have learnt a few lessons about Chinese food and Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, then we will take students to experience what they have learnt in the classroom personally. So we called this activity Cultural Immersion Chinatown.
Capstone Project
10 months 2 days ago
On the night of February 8, I, together with another two Chinese teachers in the school district, held the Chinese New Year Celebration at Buxton Center Elementary School. There were different activities in the celebration. In the crafts section, kids made piggy lanterns and piggy pencil holders, and tried paper cutting. In the culture section, people learned to use chopsticks, wrote with calligraphy brushes and colored Lunar New Year pictures. We also set up two tables to play ping pong. Kids loved that. My students sang Happy New Year in Chinese on the stage, without looking at the lyrics. I was so proud. Most importantly, we provided dumplings.
Capstone Project
10 months 2 days ago
I created a Chinese Club at the beginning of the school year. The students of Chinese Club engage in activities every Thursday during lunch at school. In addition to the Chinese Club, I hosted a couple of events both at North Warren Regional School and the local library to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. There were two events held during Unit Lunch on February 14th and 15th at NWR. The two events were The Legend of Chinese New Year and tutorial for the U.S. students to learn about Chinese traditions/festivals. Outside of school events, I held lessons on how to create your own Tea Ceremony, how to make dumplings, and how to cut paper and create lanterns. These events were held on February 16th, 19th and 20th at the local library attracted a lot of kids and adults in the community. The attendees were immersed and enriched in the Mandarin language and culture.
Capstone Project
10 months 3 days ago
Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 5th this year. In order to make the local people know the Chinese culture better, on Feb, 8th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Ms. Liu Ya, Miss. Yu Xianglu and I organized the Chinese New Year Celebration at Buxton Center Middle School. We had spent about one month in preparing this celebration. We organized the following activities: playing Ping-Pong, jumping rope, coloring, Chinese calligraphy with ink and brush, using chopsticks, paper cutting (window flower), 3D paper cutting the Chinese character“春”(means spring), making piggy lantern, making pencil holders, 3D printing key chains, singing “Happy New Year” in Chinese, reading books about Chinese Zodiac, telling the legend of “Nian”, eating dumplings and using the craft they made to get red envelope and gifts.
Capstone Project
10 months 3 days ago
Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 5th this year. In order to make the local people know the Chinese culture better, on Feb, 8th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Ms. Liu Ya, Miss. Yu Xianglu and I organized the Chinese New Year Celebration at Buxton Center Middle School. We had spent about one month in preparing this celebration. We organized the following activities: playing Ping-Pong, jumping rope, coloring, Chinese calligraphy with ink and brush, using chopsticks, paper cutting (window flower), 3D paper cutting the Chinese character“春”(means spring), making piggy lantern, making pencil holders, 3D printing key chains, singing “Happy New Year” in Chinese, reading books about Chinese Zodiac, telling the legend of “Nian”, eating dumplings and using the craft they made to get red envelope and gifts.
Capstone Project
10 months 1 week ago
My capstone project is to celebrate the Spring Festival with students in the language club. We learned the origin and customs of Spring Festival, do paper cutting “春” and Chinese calligraphy. On Feb 19th, we had the Spring Festival celebration with students and parents in auditorium. They went to different tables to experience Chinese calligraphy, shuttlecock kicking, dumpling making, paper cutting and lantern riddles.

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