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Conduct cultural celebration events

Critical Language Project
4 weeks 10 hours ago
Wu Ning (Ewa Makai Middle School, 2018-2019) and LeeAnn Manuel (Ewa Makai Middle School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The celebration will be part of our school’s project “Tiger Fest.” On the day of the celebration there will be events to attract students and community members. They will be able to taste Chinese food like dumplings and Tanyuan and have some tea with the food. They will make art crafts, such as papercutting, Chinese knotting, lanterns, and hanging ornaments. They will also be able to try calligraphy by writing spring couplets and Fu sign. During the celebration there will be a display of students’ work and a performance for the audience, showing what the students have learned in Chinese class and club. We will also conduct a field trip to Chinatown on February 5th to watch the New Year Parade and enjoy authentic Chinese food.
Critical Language Project
4 weeks 10 hours ago
Shen Yan (Tonopah Valley High School, 2018-2019) and Michael Valdez (Tonopah Valley High School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for a Chinese New Year Week. The event will be held during Spring Festival, the Chinese teacher will celebrate this festival with students, teachers, and parents from the American host school. The Chinese New Year Week will last for four days. There will be different topics for each day. The first day there will be a papercutting demonstration. The seconds day will be a calligraphy workshop to create couplets. The third day dumplings will be made for lunch. The fourth day there will be an introduction to traditional Chinese sports.
Critical Language Project
4 weeks 10 hours ago
Bao Qingmei (STEP Academy, 2018-2019) and Marwa Borghol (STEP Academy, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for a Chinese Fair, in which students and faculty will demonstrate what a traditional Chinese fair is like. There will be food, snacks for sale, and Chinese dumpling tutorials. There will also be an arts section where participants can enjoy and learn to write Chinese calligraphy, brush painting, papercutting, and how to paint a Peking Opera mask. In additional, there will be a variety of performances such as a Chinese dance call guozhuang, Chinese children’s songs, and martial and Tai Chi performances. There will be some traditional Chinese sports for participants to join in on, like shuttlecock and long rope jumping. There will be prizes for those who do well in these activities.
Critical Language Project
4 weeks 10 hours ago
Adbelrahman Dawoud (Baltimore International Academy, 2018-2019) and Henriette Sindjui (Baltimore International Academy, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for an Arabic Week Celebration which will include activities for students in the Arabic immersion program and students and parents in the Arabic Language Club. Activities will include a guest speaker, exhibits of students’ work, music, and performances. Before the celebration, students and teachers will be working in the language club to learn songs, dances, and other performances. The long-term objectives are to insure the sustainability of the Arabic program at school by advertising it and encouraging more students to enroll in the Arabic immersion program next year.
Critical Language Project
4 weeks 10 hours ago
Chen Ken (Moos Elementary School, 2018-2019) and Rafael Jimenez (Moos Elementary School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to attend a Chinese New Year’s Parade on Sunday February 10, 201. As part of our school's cultural learning a bus will be organized to transport families to Chinatown for the event. Families will sign up on a first come, first serve basis with up to 50 people on the bus. After the parade, students and families will be able to explore Chinatown and eat at a restaurant with food from the Sichuan Province. This learning will impact even more students with photographs and story sharing by the students during class.
Critical Language Project
4 weeks 10 hours ago
Zou Feili (Bodine High School for International Affairs, 2018-2019) and Kasey Trapp (Bodine High School for International Affairs, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to hold a "Lunar New Year Celebration." The project will be an after-school event open to all students and faculty members at Bodine High School for International Affairs. The event will primarily be organized and implemented by current Chinese 2 students. Chinese 2 students will not only prepare for the event in learning more about Chinese language, culture, and history in the classroom, but they will also be responsible for decorations, set-up of the event, and running each of the activity stations. The project is meant to enhance students' understanding of Mandarin through cultural connections and encourage a deeper connection with the language itself through culture. The Lunar New Year Celebration will increase students' investment in continuing to take Mandarin, thereby further empowering them in the future to become successful in today's continuously globalizing world and the global market.
Critical Language Project
4 weeks 10 hours ago
Bridget Veitch (LaSalle Language Academy, 2018-2019), Kong Yanli (LaSalle Language Academy, 2018-2019), and Wang Xia (LaSalle Language Academy, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant for LaSalle Language Academy to hold a Spring Festival Celebration to teach the students and parent community about the Chinese New Year. The Spring festival at LaSalle will include student performances, authentic Chinese performers, a raffle, and silent auction items. It will serve the dual purpose of starting a fundraising campaign to help finance a potential TCLP teacher for LaSalle for the 2019/20 school year.
Critical Language Project
4 weeks 10 hours ago
Zhao Xin (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) and Roxana Rivero-Taube (Plantation Middle School, 2018-2019) received a CLP grant to hold a Chinese New Year Celebration for the students, teachers, parents, faculty, community members, and guests. From a series of activities, like lectures, assemblies, cross-culture fair, and Chinese Club, the people in the community will get a basic understanding and full engagement of Chinese Culture. The idea to spread the knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture, history, and traditions, as well as the language to the community at large in order to increase people's interest in Chinese culture and language learning. We will focus on the activities in Plantation Middle School as well as activities in elementary schools and high schools.
Critical Language Project
8 months 3 weeks ago
Zhang Wenjie (2017-2018) received, with mentor teacher Ivy Yiu (2017-2018), a CLP grant to hold, at the North Warren Multi-cultural fair, an event that will introduce the folk art of Chinese fan-making to the school district and community. As part of the FANtasy project, students enrolled Mandarin I and those in the North Warren Chinese Club will perform a traditional Chinese fan dance and sing a traditional Chinese folk song. Students attending will have the opportunity to learn and share about the cultural meanings and history of Chinese paper fans by painting fans, using the techniques of calligraphy and ink-wash painting. Additionally, students will also have the opportunity to make a digital fan through a cellphone application and to make posters for the event. This event will serve to promote the development of the incipient Mandarin Chinese program in the school district through engaging cultural activities.
Critical Language Project
1 year 1 month ago
Adel Ghattas (2017-18) received a CLP grant to conduct a project designed to introduce his students to the history of the Middle East through a rich artistic context, engaging them with the language and culture in a fun way. Mr. Ghattas worked with the global history teacher at his school to prepare and present on the Arab-Israeli conflict. After students had learned about the historical and cultural background, they watched the movie The Band's Visit and participated in classroom activities that explored the movie's characters and themes. (The Band's Visit tells the story of an Egyptian Police Marching Band that becomes lost in Sinai and ends up in a remote town in Israel. There, they are hosted by an Israeli woman and spend the night with other Israelis. The film explores the tension that arises from the political conflict, as well as the human connections that form when individuals meet one other.) 34 students then attended a live performance of the musical on Broadway at the Barrymore Theater and ate at a Moroccan restaurant in New York City. The students who participated in the field trip then reflected on their experience and what they had learned through the project. They also prepared posters and presented about the musical to teachers, parents and colleagues at Lavelle's International Day, extending the impact of the project to include the wider community.

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