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Critical Language Project
2 years 12 months ago
Mentor teacher Amy Sanders at Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth, ME applied for a CLP grant with TCLP Chinese teacher Xiao Chunzhi to organize a field trip to the Peabody Essex Museum and Boston’s Chinatown. Nineteen students in grades 8 through 12 and their family members expanded their understanding of Chinese culture during a guided tour of the museum, and Chinese language students learned new vocabulary they could practice in real-world settings as they ate lunch at a busy Chinese restaurant and explored the shops in Boston’s Chinatown. Participating students shared their experiences with classmates who did not attend the field trip by creating posters that were displayed in the school library and giving presentations in their advisor groups, sparking new interest in Chinese language and culture throughout the school.
Critical Language Project
2 years 12 months ago
TCLP Arabic teacher Bishoy Demian at Burlington Notre Dame in Burlington, IA applied for a CLP grant to support his visits to his distance learning students and to conduct Arabic Club meetings with non Arabic students at these schools. Over 40 students attended multiple Arabic Club meetings at Notre Dame High School and Tipton High School, exposing non Arabic students to the Arabic language and culture and giving current students an further opportunities to practice the language they learned in Mr. Demian’s distance learning classes. Mr. Demian was able to share books and authentic materials with the students he visited in person, and he expanded their awareness of language focused careers and study by organizing a field trip to the University of Iowa to attend a college-level Arabic course and speak with university students and professors.
Critical Language Project
2 years 12 months ago
Mentor teacher Lisa Giblin at Winton Woods Intermediate School in Cincinnati, OH worked with TCLP Chinese teacher Gong Hongling on a Chinese New Year Festival and Chinese Language Club project. The Chinese Festival promoted many aspects of Chinese culture and language to the community, and included traditional games, dances, Chinese riddles, calligraphy practice, food sampling, and information about Chinese language education and opportunities. The Winton Woods community was invited to participate and over 200 students, parents, and community members attended. The After School Chinese Club aimed to increase interest and future enrollment in Chinese classes and enrichment activities included lessons about making Chinese dumplings and the Chinese masks. Plans for next year’s Chinese Club include beginning the meetings earlier in the year in order to allow for even more students the opportunity to participate.
Critical Language Project
2 years 12 months ago
At Provo High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, TCLP Arabic teacher Mohammed El Naggar and mentor teacher Audrey Bastian proposed an Arabic Day Camp. More than 270 students from 9 different schools throughout Utah attended this Day Camp during which six different aspects of Arabic language and culture were highlighted. Students in Provo’s Arabic program practiced their language skills with fellow student and teacher visitors. All student attendees applied what they learn in class during real life conversations as they served as guides for visitors, venders in the Arabic street market set up, and actors in Arabic role plays. Non Arabic students were exposed to new culture, customs and basic Arabic phrases. The passports that students had stamped at each station helped them share what they had learned during the day with family and friends at home. The attendance of local media at the fair helped Provo High School increase awareness of the Arabic program within the community.
Critical Language Project
2 years 12 months ago
Mentor teacher Jacqueline Coe and TCLP Chinese teacher Zhao Yanzhen at Bow High School in Bow, NH implemented a project entitled: “Chinese Language: Practice, Outreach, and Sustainability”. The project contained three subcomponents aimed at enhancing and increasing critical language learning and outreach. A field trip to Boston’s Chinatown targeted a total of 40 current Chinese students and students in the Chinese Club that might be interested in enrolling in Chinese classes in the future. As part of the project a community-wide Spring Festival Celebration gave current students another opportunity to demonstrate their acquired skills through performances, stations, and games played with an estimated 200 Festival attendees. Finally, a Chinese Academy was developed for students in Grades 3-8 to allow them to self-select an additional Chinese class during their regular schedule once a week. Younger students gained additional exposure to Chinese as a result of this Academy, which is being designed in partnership with the University of New Hampshire to ensure a more sustainable Chinese Academy that will continue in future years.
Critical Language Project
2 years 12 months ago
Mentor teacher Claudine Clark at Madison East High School in Madison, WI organized an Arabic Language and Culture Fair with TCLP Arabic teacher Khaled Kenawi. The Fair, held during school hours, tried to recreate the atmosphere of a Middle Eastern marketplace. There were five areas with different interactive activities representing different aspects of Arabic culture: food, clothing, music and dance, culture and geography, and writing. Each area not only taught about culture, but also introduced some language and vocabulary. Parents, community members and the students in this year’s Arabic class manned the booths and gave demonstrations. The fair was very well received and more than 500 students participated, a number well over the anticipated attendance. Looking ahead, Madison East High School has already chosen an even earlier date for next year to allow for middle schools to attend and encourage Arabic enrollment for incoming high school students. Connections made with the community will provide opportunities for increased participation as many of this year’s participants are planning to return and to invite others.
Critical Language Project
2 years 12 months ago
TCLP Chinese teacher Sun Liang and Mentor teacher Claudia Miettunen at Ithaca High School in Ithaca, NY designed a Critical Languages Project grant for a field trip to Chinatown in New York City. Twelve students attended this field trip, including high school Chinese students and middle school students who will be enrolling at Ithaca High School in the coming year. Students learned about the history and culture of Chinese immigrants at the Museum of Chinese in America, and then applied what they learned in the classroom during a scavenger hunt, a Chinese character contest, and an interview with native Mandarin speakers. Students learned new vocabulary as they searched for Chinese characters, and recorded conversations in Chinese to be used during class and outreach presentations. Using this project as a template, future field trips are planned for next year to increase motivation and enrollment in Chinese classes.
Critical Language Project
2 years 12 months ago
TCLP Arabic teacher Mohamed Mahmoud at Shawnee Mission West High School in Shawnee Mission, KS designed project which aimed at increasing the knowledge base of current Arabic I students while also exposing a large population of middle and high school students to Arabic language. His students created a long-lasting Arabic language instructional booklet in a magazine format and an instructional Arabic video. Both the magazine and the Arabic video were distributed to all Shawnee Mission elementary, middle, and high schools where up to 28,000 students may view these materials.
Critical Language Project
2 years 12 months ago
• TCLP Arabic teacher Ibrahim Elkadi will design a project titled “Around the Arabic Nation in Two Days” with support from teachers and students at Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton, South Carolina. This two-day celebration will expose 300 high school students, 100 middle school students, 70 primary students, 6 administrators and 40 teachers to the diversity of 22 Arabic-speaking countries. Local groups and neighboring schools will also be invited to attend this unique event. Student-produced exhibits, mock passports, and “tour guides” will allow individuals to explore the similarities and differences between these Arabic-speaking nations. Around the Arab Nation aims to foster a positive image and deeper knowledge of the traditions and customs of the various Arabic speaking nations. Hands-on interactions and exposure to the Arabic language, currency, text, media, food, fashion, music, dance lessons, and even webcam introduction to the Egyptian education system will promote language and culture exchange. Scrapbooks will be created to capture the student experience with the hopes that a similar cultural exchange can be replicated in the future. Additionally, Ibrahim Elkadi hopes to bring his understanding of American culture to Egypt by creating an American Club upon his return home.
Critical Language Project
2 years 12 months ago
TCLP Chinese teacher Cao Yanna will organize project at Indian River Charter School in Vero Beach, Florida with the support of the Indian River students and faculty. This Spring Festival Event includes multiple components aimed at providing students with an opportunity to practice their Chinese skills in real-life language situations and share what they have learned with their families, teachers, and classmates while also exposing other community members to Chinese culture and increasing interest in the Chinese program at Indian River Charter School. At this Spring Festival Event, current Chinese students will present topics of conversational Chinese and Chinese culture to teach the visitors, and quiz them on what they have learned. Students will perform some Chinese songs, dance, paper-cutting and other traditional art forms prior to a dinner which will offer visitors an educational taste of Chinese culture.

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