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TCLP - At A Glance

Since 2006, the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) awards U.S. schools the opportunity to host an experienced exchange teacher from Chinese or Arabic speaking countries for one academic year to increase the number of Americans studying important world languages.

TCLP exchange teachers are highly qualified educators from their home countries, who have been foreign language teachers for at least four years, have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and are proficient in written and spoken English.

TCLP is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The goals of TCLP are to increase mutual understanding between U.S. school communities and international communities, develop lasting ties that provide opportunities for U.S. students to learn critical foreign languages from a native speaker, and develop in-depth cultural knowledge from the international teachers.

U.S. host schools receive an exchange teacher for an academic year who helps the school start or expand their Arabic or Chinese program by teaching their native language and conducting outreach in feeder schools and the educational community at large. Host schools also receive visa support for the exchange teacher, monthly maintenance allowances and medical insurance for the exchange teacher, multi-day orientations and professional development workshops throughout the year, and ongoing program monitoring and support.

Additionally, the program enables exchange teachers to experience U.S. culture, improve their English, and expand their knowledge of U.S. teaching methodologies.

TCLP - October 2019 Highlights

In this video:

• Mouloud Mahi (Irving Elementary) reviews vocabulary related to family members through a game where students label pictures of families on the board.

• Xin Fangzheng (East Hartford High School) teaches his students a Chinese song about stars and his students perform a dance to reinforce the vocabulary in the song.

• Manal Salem (Nicotra Early College Charter School) calls out the names of different sports and hobbies in Arabic and her students act out each activity.

• Cai Qi (Memphis Business Academy High School) leads an active game with her students to review the Chinese names of different colors.

• Tamer Genedy (Washington Latin Public Charter School) uses vocabulary flashcards to prompt his students who then build Arabic sentences using the vocabulary words.

TCLP Highlights - September 2019

In this video: Wessam Abdelnaby (J.W. Reason Elementary School, OH) reinforces vocabulary by leading an activity where students identify the shapes and colors on a large die, Lu Sulin (Alfred S. Faust School, NJ) uses physical movement in the classroom to reinforce Chinese numbers, Yasser Beshay’s (Theodore Roosevelt High School, DC) students review Arabic body parts by singing a song while gesturing towards different body parts, Chen Lijun (Watson B. Duncan Middle, FL) teaches his students a rhyme about a rabbit after introducing vocabulary through a craft activity and practicing pronunciation, and Yassin Essaid (Campus International High School, OH) consolidates vocabulary related to body parts through an interactive activity where students compete to identify body parts on the board using flyswatters.

TCLP - April 2019 Highlights

In this video:

Kong Yanli (LaSalle Language Academy, IL) evaluates her students’ comprehension by asking questions about dialogues performed by pairs of students.

Bouchra Ait Msguine (Leicester High School, MA) reinforces vocabulary by asking her students to identify actions projected on the board using fly swatters.

Yang Huihui (East Hartford High School) leads a physical activity to practice direction-related vocabulary and listening skills with her students.

Abdellah Aly (Bearden High School) leads an interactive activity where students practice using prepositions and kitchen vocabulary.

Guo Jin (Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School) reviews vocabulary and sentence structure with her students by playing a collaborative game.

TCLP February 2019 Highlights

In this video:

• Abdelrahaman Dawoud’s (Baltimore International Academy, Baltimore, MD) students learn about Arabic sentence structure and practice reading in small groups through a puzzle activity.

• Li Jing’s (Bonny Eagle High School, Standish, ME) students practice Mandarin conversation in pairs and focus on greetings and asking each other questions.

• Amal Botros (J.W. Reason Elementary, Hilliard, OH) leads an active “Simon Says” game in her class to teach Arabic adjectives.

• Wu Ning’s (Ewa Makai Middle School, Ewa Beach, HI) students practice Chinese New Year greetings and learn about the tradition of giving hongbao.

• Guo Jin (Suder Montessori Magnet ES, Chicago, IL) teaches Chinese New Year greetings and works with her students to practice calligraphy and assemble holiday cards.

TCLP January 2019 Highlights

In this video:

• Yang Huihui (East Hartford High School, East Hartford, CT) has her students practice a Mandarin dialogue about where they are going.

• Sabrin Abdelgawwad (Lewiston High School, Lewiston, ME) taught her students the Arabic vocabulary for clothing and they reviewed by drawing and describing pictures.

• Wu Xiaohong (Jackson High School, Jackson, MI) has her students act out animals in the Chinese Zodiac and review their names in Mandarin.

• Hend Elhendy (Theodore Roosevelt High School, Washington, D.C.) introduces hieroglyphics to her students and then they practice writing their own messages.

December 2018 Highlights

In this video:

• Kong Yanli (LaSalle Language Academy, Chicago, IL) reviews country names in Mandarin with her students by playing a game called hopscotch.

• Mohamed Abdalla (Campus International High School, Columbus, OH) taught Arabic vocabulary for parts of the body and his students review with a matching game.

• Zhao Xin (Plantation Middle School, Plantation, FL) teaches her students holiday vocabulary in Mandarin.

• Mohamed Etify (Anne Chesnutt Middle School, Fayetteville, NC) plays a game with his students where they match the Arabic words with colors.

• Wu Yu (Colombia High School, Maplewood, NJ) reviews Mandarin vocabulary with her students as they describe their vacation plans.

TCLP - November 2018 Highlights

In this video:

• Abdellah Aly (Bearden High School, Knoxville, TN) teaches his students directions in Arabic and his students present on the location of Tennessee.

• Wu Ning (Ewa Makai Middle School, Ewa Beach, HI) and her students present information about their family members in Chinese.

• Bouchra Ait Msguine (Leicester High School, Leicester, MA) checks in with her students as they match words and phrases in English and Arabic.

• Shen Yan (Tonopah Valley High School, Tonopah, AZ) taught elementary students numbers in Chinese and then the students used the new vocabulary to count jumps during jump rope.

• Sayed Keliey (Irving Elementary School, Bozeman, MT) exchanges basic information with his students in Arabic.

TCLP Teacher Profile - Passant Aly

International exchanges prepare students for a global environment and attract future leaders to study, learn, and share. Here is Passant Aly, a TCLP Alum.

TCLP Teacher Profile- Howida Hassan

International education develops skills needed in the 21st century global community. See our teachers in action! Here is Howida Hassan, a TCLP alum.

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