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Creating Experiential Learning Opportunities for Language Learners


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Contributor Bios Melanie Bloom and Carolyn Gascoigne: Introduction Part I Experiential Learning through Community Engagement 1. Adrian J. Wurr: Multilingual Learners and Leaders 2. Josef Hellebrandt: Community Engagement in Spanish Departments at US Colleges and Universities: Where is it? 3. Annie Abbott: Civic Engagement and Community Service Learning: Connecting Students' Experiences to Policy and Advocacy 4. C. Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch and Laura C. Walls: Service-learning as an Ecological Resource: Providing Learning Opportunities for Mixed Second- and Heritage-Language Classrooms 5. Frederique Grim: Experiential Learning for L2 Students: Steps Toward a French Service-learning Program in the Community Part II Experiential Learning through Professional Engagement 6. Carolyn Gascoigne: Externship Opportunities for French: An Initial Response to Pedagogical Climate Change 7. Melanie Bloom: Developing Internship Programming for Second Language Students 8. Carmen King de Ramirez and Barbara A. Lafford: Mentors' Perspectives on Professional Internships: Rewards, Challenges, and Future Directions 9. Leticia T. McDoniel: Internship Programs: A Platform for Locally-Based Cultural Immersion Programs Part III Experiential Learning in other Local Contexts 10. Brigid Moira Burke: Using Expeditionary Learning Design for Secondary and College-Level World Language Curriculum and Instruction 11. Jessica S. Miller: Creative Placemaking in Cajun Louisiana: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning Environmental, Cultural, and Linguistic Diversity in the United States 12. S. Marina Jones: Engaging Students through Foreign Language Campus Housing: A Case Study of a Small German Language Program 13. Jacqueline Thomas: Language Camps: By Teaching We Learn 14. Melanie Bloom: Conclusion: Future Directions in Experiential Learning

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Melanie Bloom is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. Her research interests include experiential learning, study abroad, second language writing and the teaching and learning of culture. Carolyn Gascoigne is Dean of Arts & Humanities at Angelo State University, USA. Her research interests include second language reading and hybrid language instruction.


Through a blend of research findings, program examples, lesson plans, and survey questionnaires, the authors offer first-hand accounts of how community-based, experiential learning enhanced the goals of their language learning programs. The broad coverage of issues and topics, spanning kindergarten through higher education, make this a useful volume, not just for language educators, but for all educators interested in strengthening students' capacities to act 'glocally' in multilingual contexts. -- Andrew Furco, University of Minnesota, USA This essential volume represents a seminal collection by leading scholars in experiential learning as it covers a diversity of topics and languages, divided into three critical areas of practice: community engagement experiences, professional engagement experiences and less common contexts such as language camps and houses. It is a unique contribution, which will be a welcome and useful resource to scholars, faculty and graduate students all over the world. This is certainly a 'must-have'. -- Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

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