Community as Classroom: Service Learning in the Foreign Language Classroom

By Allison Krogstad.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Service learning and language learning share many of the same goals, such as interacting with others within the world community. Therefore, it only stands to reason that service-learning would be an excellent asset to language teaching. In this paper, both how and why to incorporate service-learning into the language classroom will be discussed, with a specific example of what could be done in Intermediate or Advanced Spanish courses at the university/college level. This practical model involves: service learning possibilities, reflection activities, a community government simulation exercise, and student reactions.

Keywords: Service Learning, Foreign Language Pedagogy, Spanish, Community Engagement

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp.37-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 526.950KB).

Dr. Allison Krogstad

Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Central College, Pella, Iowa, USA

Allison has been a Spanish professor at Central College in Pella, Iowa, USA, since 1999. She is currently the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and the Latin American Studies major as well as chair of the Off Campus Policy Committee. Her Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota, is in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics. Her interests include creative writing, service learning, Colonial Latin American Literature and Culture, pre-Columbian civilizations, and 19th Century Latin American Literature.

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