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ERIC Number: EJ1018355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Taking Spanish into the Community: A Novice's Guide to Service-Learning
Ebacher, Colleen
Hispania, v96 n2 p397-408 Jun 2013
Greater interest from students, universities, and communities has increased pressure on faculty to design and implement service-learning courses. Often with no prior experience and limited institutional and programmatic guidance, faculty must make their way through a growing body of literature on service-learning. This article presents a novice service-learning instructor's guide to designing, implementing, and assessing a service-learning course through the example of an upper-division Spanish translation course. I present theoretical explanations of why service-learning works and how to design and assess the course while delineating the fundamental principles of successful service-learning. Results show that service-learning strengthens student learning and civic engagement and that service-learning courses may be led successfully by instructors with limited time and experience.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Inc. 900 Ladd Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390. Tel: 248-960-2180; Fax: 248-960-9570; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
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