All items from American Councils for International Education

"Since starting school this year, 6-year-old Ashlin Clarke tosses out simple phrases in Mandarin such as “good night” to her family. “I use it at home with my family,” said the first-grader at Manor View Elementary School. “That’s good.” Ashlin and the other students in first through fifth grades are in their first year of Mandarin instruction at the school. The offering of a second language is part of Manor View’s designation as an International Baccalaureate World School earlier this month." Published in the Maryland Gazette.
Ahmed Mohamed received a Critical Language Project grant in June 2013 to offer a professional development workshop for English teachers in Egypt. The goal of this workshop was to help teachers incorporate American culture in their English classes, and also to improve their ability to do peer observations by giving constructive feedback and reflection on the teaching methods.
After Hopkinton High School hosted two TCLP Chinese teachers in 2010 (Ms. Pan Jiling) and 2011 (Ms. Wang Xiaona), the Hopkinton students had the opportunity to travel to China and practice their Mandarin skills in Shanghai when they visited Pan Jiling’s home school in April, 2013.
Throughout TCLP history, exchange teachers have served as a very important link between their U.S. host schools and their Chinese or Egyptian home schools, connecting students, teachers, and communities in informal and formal relationships. This past summer, Liu Xin (2012-2013) became the most recent TCLP teacher to help facilitate a formal sister school relationship between her host school, Lakes International Language Academy in Minnesota, and her home school, Deyang Foreign Languages School in Sichuan Province.
In July 2013, TCLP alumna Gao Jinghua (2010-2011) designed and presented a workshop in China at the National Association for Foreign Language Education (NAFLE), which was held at the Beijing Normal University from July 17-19. Over 800 teachers attended this conference, the majority of them middle and high school teachers, but school administrators and department officials were also in attendance.