Foreign Languages

Foreign Languages

Service Learning

One of the engaged pedagogies we support in the department of Languages and Cultures is Service-Learning because it allows students to apply their classroom learning in the community, which in turn enriches the learning in the classroom.

Robert Bringle and Julie Hatcher in the Office of Service-Learning at INDIANA UNIVERSITY-PURDUE UNIVERSITY INDIANAPOLIS define service-learning as:

“Service-learning is a credit bearing, educational experience in which students participate in organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.”

Our community partners are:

  • Spanish Immersion Program at Clearview Elementary
  • Casa Guadalupe in Cold Springs
  • English-Language instructors at Apollo HS, S. Cloud
  • Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud
  • St. Ben’s Senior Care Center
  • Great River Public Library
  • Roosevelt Early Childhood Education Center

We have offered the following classes with a service-learning component:

  • German 102, 201+202, 301+302, 325, 460 and 457
  • Spanish 411, 450, in our education program abroad in Chile and 457

We also have a departmental course, LC 445, dedicated to service-learning.

For more information on service-learning and community engagement at SCSU, please go to http://www.stcloudstate.edu/campusinvolvement/volunteer/default.asp.

If you are interested in volunteering in Central Minnsota, check this website: http://unitedwayhelps.org/.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Isolde Mueller, Ph.D.
Professor of German
immueller@stcloudstate.edu

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