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ERIC Number: EJ1145026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
The Multicultural Café: Enhancing Authentic Interaction for Adult English Language Learners through Service Learning
Riley, Tracy; Douglas, Scott Roy
TESL Canada Journal, v34 n1 p25-50 2016
While service learning platforms hold great potential for adult learners of English as an additional language (EAL), there has been little research to date related to the impact of these programs on adult newcomers' linguistic and social development. The Multicultural Café was a food service learning platform for adult EAL learners operated over a 7-month period at a regional college in the British Columbia interior. The café was developed to provide adult immigrant learners of EAL with an opportunity to authentically engage in using English to provide a valued service to the local community. The current study was conducted to explore the impact of the service learning experience from the perspective of the participants. Using a qualitative case study research design, data were gathered from participants (n = 10) through a questionnaire, semistructured interviews, and a focus group. Data were transcribed, coded, and collected into emerging themes. Opportunities for authentic interactions with customers and with other volunteer coworkers emerged as two of the primary outcomes of the service learning experience. Incorporating the service learning opportunity of the Multicultural Café into the participants' English language learning experiences appeared to enhance their interactions within the college community. [Note: The issue number (11) shown on this PDF is incorrect. The correct citation is v34 n1.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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