Panel Discussion on Exploring Service Learning in Foreign Language Teaching (V. Robinson, S. Akin, J. Hellebrandt, A. Barili, S. Watanabe), October 12, 2012

Panel Discussion: Exploring Service Learning in Foreign Language Teaching

Victoria Robinson, Suzan Akin, UC Berkeley
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Victoria Robinson on Engaged Scholarship,

Service-Learning in German:  A win-win for students and community participants
Josef Hellebrandt, Professor in Modern Languages,
Santa Clara University, South Bay Deutscher Schulverein
Efforts to engage German university students with German-speaking community groups can be found throughout the United States. This presentation informs about two of such efforts conducted at Santa Clara University in partnership with the South Bay German School of San Jose.

Building Nurturing Communities: Service Learning in Spanish Language and Culture Courses
Amelia Barili, Lecturer in Spanish, UC Berkeley
How to deeply motivate students? How best to prepare them for a rapidly changing world? How to teach awareness of social and cultural context? In this presentation, I will show how I have implemented service learning to deepen student’s understanding of the texts we discuss in my Spanish 102A Advanced Grammar and Composition course. Some students volunteer at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant and work with Spanish-speaking immigrants. Others volunteer in bilingual schools with Latino kids. I will present student outcomes and discuss tips on effective implementation of the Service-Learning Practicum.
Here is a weblink describing Amelia Barili’s service learning project in which her students work with Latin American immigrants at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant:

Japanese/Chinese community-based learning course at Portland State University
Suwako Watanabe, Professor of Japanese, Portland State University
In the 21st century, there is an increased expectation for higher education to provide not only liberal education but also knowledge and skills that help our students become responsible and engaging global citizens.  In this presentation, I will describe a course in which university students volunteer in Japanese and Chinese immersion programs at nearby elementary schools.  The course has been offered since 2002 as a general education requirement.  I will talk about developmental shifts that occur in students both as language learners and as community members.  Assessment and logistic issues will be discussed, and useful strategies will be suggested.
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Cal Corps informantion
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Here are two database reports developed by Jane Mauldon, Professor of Public Policy here at Berkeley, that provide data on the wide variety of languages spoken in homes around the Bay Area (and in the State of California).
Download “Languages Spoken at Home” as PDF
Download “Age by Languages Spoken At Home, CA-1” as PDF

Friday, October 12, 2012
3:00 – 5:00 pm
B-4 Dwinelle Hall

Watch the VIDEO recording of the panel discussion.