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ERIC Number: EJ919711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Aligning Expectations for Mutually Beneficial Community Service-Learning: The Case of Spanish Language Proficiency, Cultural Knowledge, and Professional Skills
Lear, Darcy; Abbott, Annie
Hispania, v92 n2 p312-323 May 2009
The growing importance of Spanish in the U.S. has generated an impressive growth in the number of university Spanish programs that offer community service learning. However, students' and community partners' misaligned expectations can create tensions and problems in these programs. Instructors must make a special effort to articulate and align students' capabilities and the community partners' needs in three areas: language proficiency, cultural knowledge, and professional skills. Drawing on our experiences, this paper details the problems that occur when expectations are not aligned, presents strategies for bringing expectations into alignment, and provides examples for creating relevant teaching materials. Although we focus on Spanish community service learning, the issues we raise are pertinent to all programs in which second language learners participate in community service learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A