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ERIC Number: EJ758231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Building Bridges against Violence: Service-Learning for Second Language Students
Orban, Clara E.; Thompson, Martha E.
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v17 n2 p122-135 2007
In this essay, the authors argue that linking second language learners with communities that need their language skills can result in an empowering experience for students and for the communities with which they work. They describe a college-level service-learning project that was designed to help IMPACT Chicago, a women's self-defense organization, increase its effectiveness in bringing self-defense training to community organizations and social service agencies serving immigrant women and girls with varied skills in English. They draw on this concrete experience and on intersectional theory to suggest ways in which feminist modern language educators can facilitate connections between bilingual students and organizations dealing with a wide range of social issues. They also provide an overview of the specific problem IMPACT Chicago faced, the feminist theory which framed a solution to the problem, the resulting project, the impact on language and self-defense students, and ways others can use their model to build bridges between modern language programs and organizations addressing a variety of social issues. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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