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Conduct in-person student exchange project/s

Conference
1 month 1 week ago
TCLP Alumni from around the world met for a two-day virtual conference on International Collaboration. Day 1 featured alumni speaking about the sister school partnerships they created with their TCLP host schools and Day 2 featured alumni speaking more broadly about how they connected their classes through both in-person visits and virtual meetings.   Wednesday, December 11, 2019 TCLP alumni Wang Ling (2018-2019) and Gu Wenming (2016-2017) discussed how they have created sister school partnerships with their home schools in China and their American host schools.   Thursday, December 12, 2019 TCLP alumni Guo Jin (2018-2019) and Abdelilah El Alaoui (2018-2019) shared how they planned and conducted in-person and virtual meetings with their students to broaden their horizens.   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 view in China: https://www.adrive.com/public/qtVjm3/Alumni%20Conference%202019   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
8 months 2 weeks ago
Wang Ling received a CLP grant to build a sister school relationship between her host school in Rhode Island, Chariho Regional High School, and her home school in China, No.1 High School of Liuyang. The main goals of the project are to coordinate regular virtual exchanges for students at both schools, offer professional development opportunities for teachers in the U.S. and China to share best practices, establish exchange programs for Chinese students to study at Chariho Regional High School as international students for U.S. students to study at No.1 High School of Liuyang or to volunteer, and to establish a Chinese language and culture classroom at Chariho Regional High School. Students at the host and home schools have already connected through virtual exchanges and will continue to connect though art exchanges, speech competitions, and other virtual activities. The principals of both schools have met through video conferences and the principal of Chariho Regional High School will visit No.1 High School of Liuyang in June 2019. This CLP will support language learning and cultural exchange between students, teachers, and administrators at the host and home schools.
Critical Language Project
4 years 1 month ago
  TCLP alumna teacher Li Qiong was awarded a Critical Language Project grant to conduct a sister school exchange project with Sonoran Trails Middle School in August 2015. This project was completed in conjunction with Cristina Ladas, the school’s World Language Coordinator. Twenty students from Ms. Li’s school visited the school in order to strengthen the sister school relationship and share Chinese language and culture. This visit coincided with the opening ceremony for the host school’s Chinese Language and Culture Club, which featured cultural performances and a ping pong tournament.
Critical Language Project
4 years 2 months ago
TCLP host school alumna Roslynne McCarthy from the Center for Global Studies in Connecticut was awarded a CLP for a student collaborative project called Sister-schools: Expanding the Student Dialogue. The goal of this project was to create and implement a curriculum of personal interactions among students at the Center for Global Studies and Al-Salam Private Language School in Tanta, Egypt with the expertise and input of TCLP 2008 alumnus Mr. Emil Markos. As a result of his TCLP year, his host school at CGS and his school in Egypt, the Al-Salam Private Language School, became sister-schools. Two groups of American and Egyptians students have already visited each other’s schools and communities, and the plans will continue. In addition to these once-a-year visits, this project facilitated on-going opportunities for students from both countries to connect with one another, practice their language skills, deepen their understanding of Egyptian/American culture and events, use technology in innovative ways, and forge personal relationships with international friends. The beneficiaries of this project were current students in the two schools, including the 55 students currently studying Arabic in CGS. The CLP allowed for a curriculum to be created, the educator’s to be trained in the appropriate technology to implement the curriculum which includes electronic interaction (email), video-conferencing through Skype, and other interactions through Voice Threads, podcasts or student-made movies.
Critical Language Project
4 years 2 months ago
TCLP mentor teacher alumni Todd Lynum led a group of Willmar High School students on a trip to China in the spring of 2012. He was awarded a CLP that helped to fund 18 student and 3 chaperons visas as well as on-the-ground transportation to and from the airport. Their trip to China was the culmination of 3 years of studying Chinese and it provided students with the opportunity to see China and its famous sites and to interact with local Chinese using this opportunity to practice and apply the Chinese they have learned so far. During the ten-day travel to China the students saw the cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. The trip was organized by the Educational Tours organization, located in Denver, Colorado. They were responsible for most of the travel planning and itinerary to, within and from China. However, the students and their families were solely responsible for the costs to be paid.
Critical Language Project
4 years 2 months ago
At Sonoran Trails Middle School, TCLP Chinese Teacher Alumna Li Qiong received a grant to lay the foundation for a sister school connection between her host school in Arizona and her home school in Hubei, China. Sonoran Trails Principal Bill Dolezal traveled to China as a first time visitor with Li, who developed an itinerary with a travel company in China that allowed Principal Dolezal to meet with Chinese Principal Wang at her home school, No. 6 Middle School of Yichang. Li attended and facilitated the signing of sister school documents and served as Principal Dolezal’s tour guide during the trip. By obtaining personal buy-in from both principals, these two very different places were able to converge somewhere in the middle, giving students a real-life reason for studying Chinese (to be able to communicate with their sister school peers), and opening doors for future student, teacher and school leaders exchanges.
Critical Language Project
4 years 2 months ago
  TCLP Alumnus School, Lakes International Language Academy (LILA), received funding to help implement a CLP titled “Welcome, Friends!” in cooperation with Deyang Forest Language School in China. This project provided an exciting English-immersion learning experience for 22 visiting students from China and forged new international friendships. During a two-week summer camp on the school's campus, Chinese and American students strengthened skills in their respective target languages by speaking to one another in casual settings, traveling, and participating in fun activities.   LILA teachers gained experience in teaching English as a second language, which is a different but positive perspective than teaching immersion Spanish or Chinese to native English speakers. In addition, the host families in the community shared the language-learning experience, building interest in long-term hosting and cultural exchanges.The opportunity to meet and interact with Chinese guests helped expose the community to a different culture, celebrating diversity while appreciating their similarities. The positive and lasting impact of this project was visible in the progress that Chinese students made in building their English skills and the fast friendships that the Chinese and American students (and their families!) made during the camp. As a result of the project, LILA has strengthened the relationship with the school's sister school and helped introduce students and families in the community to a broader cultural experience.  
Critical Language Project
4 years 3 months ago
The only difference is the deadline date for now. We are thinking about just having a word doc that can be uploaded whenever we need to update the deadline. In future we might want to create an on-line appl. Using WOOFO. In this case it will be just a link uploaded. We will also have a word doc. with guidelines posted. On this page we would also like to display a link to a recorded webinar and some PPPs and a sample video about CLPs.