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Center for Languages Cultures and Regional Studies

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This paper highlights examples of the various ways students in beginner Russian, intermediate Spanish and advanced French engage with the local and regional community in educational and noneducational settings. It explains the history of these engagements and provides instructor impressions as well as impressions from student participants and community partners concerning learning outcomes and the benefits to both students and the community. In all three examples, the majority of students were taking the course to fulfill a core requirement. The number of students who participated in each experiential learning initiative varied from as few as ten to as many as 120 at a given time.

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New York, NY USA


French, Russian, Spanish, experiential learning, community engagement

Enhancing the foreign language classroom through experiential learning: Connecting and reflecting



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