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ERIC Number: EJ1162961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0155-0640
"Doing Good" in Italian through Student Community Engagement: The Benefits of Language Placements
Bouvet, Eric; Cosmini, Daniela; Palaktsoglou, Maria; Vanzo, Lynn
Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, v40 n2 p159-175 2017
This article discusses a community engagement pilot program for language students offered at Flinders University. For a number of years, the "Language in Action" program has provided placement opportunities for language students in a range of community settings such as aged-care agencies and cultural associations. From an educational perspective, "Language in Action" draws from the Deep Approach to World Language Education, which places students in charge of their learning experience and promotes meaningful interactions with communities. The program is also designed to encourage students' prosocial behavior, contributing to developing a sense of meaning in life, relationship satisfaction, and wellbeing. Through "Language in Action," students have opportunities not only to improve their language and intercultural skills in near immersion settings, but also to establish social connections with individuals from migrant groups. This article discusses the placement experiences of language students, focusing on students of Italian, in aged-care contexts. It presents the rationale of the "Language in Action" program in light of some core principles of Positive Psychology. It discusses the program's implementation, preliminary data on students' evaluations of their language development, and the sense of achievement they derive from their placements.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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