Nation Abroad Inspiration in Florida: World Languages Service Learning

By James Michael Perren and Dinah Ouano.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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A university partnership program was designed to facilitate
language and culture exchange through community-based
volunteering and service-learning. This paper describes the
contributions of international students of Saudi origin
while working on multiple service projects in impoverished
areas of Florida. Also discussed is the educational value of
intensive and innovative learning experiences integrating
language and culture. A description is provided of planning,
implementing, participating and evaluating a
successful 10-day university summer intensive course in a
Department of World Languages at a Midwestern university.
Descriptions of communication during the planning
phase is explained and various steps of the trip are
outlined that highlight favorable and unfavorable
experiences of volunteers, community partners, and
organizers.

Keywords: Applied Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Social Justice, Service Learning

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 9, pp.15-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 721.488KB).

Dr. James Michael Perren

Assistant Professor of TESOL, TESOL Section, Department of World Languages, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

James M. Perren earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education: Language Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Perren is an Assistant Professor in TESOL at Eastern Michigan University. His research interests include technology in language education, service learning in applied linguistics, intercultural communication, ESL teaching methodology, and second language acquisition.

Dinah Ouano

Adjunct Lecturer, ESL Program, Eastern Michigan University, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Dinah Ouano earned her MA in Linguistics from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Ouano is an instructor of ESL in the Department of World Languages at Eastern Michigan University and at Henry Ford Community College English Language Institute. Dinah’s research interests include: second language acquisition, multiculturalism, and pronunciation.

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