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Lessons from the CruCES project: Community service learning and intercultural sensitivity in the foreign language classroom

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Title:Lessons from the CruCES project: Community service learning and intercultural sensitivity in the foreign language classroom
Authors:Ruggiero, Diana
Date Issued:01 Jan 2017
Publisher:Cengage
Citation:Ruggiero, D. (2017). Lessons from the CruCES project: Community service learning and intercultural sensitivity in the foreign language classroom. The American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Languages Programs (AAUSC), 64-86. http://hdl.handle.net/102015/69766
Abstract:The 2007 Modern Language Association (MLA) report called for a transformation
in the governance, curricula, and aims of modern language programs. Specifically,
it urged language educators and program directors to shift their curricular emphasis
away from divisive disciplinary agendas to the shared goals of translingual and
transcultural competence. The emergence of new course offerings, particularly in
the area of community service learning (CSL), reflects these concerns. Yet while
much of the language scholarship on translingual and transcultural competence
focuses on the acquisition of linguistic skills, cultural knowledge, and critical thinking
skills, less attention has been given to the development of cognitive orientations
critical to the acquisition of intercultural competence. Drawing on developmental
and process models of intercultural sensitivity, this chapter contributes to the
existing literature in illuminating the role and value of CSL in developing attitudes
and mindsets conducive to the acquisition and development of intercultural competence.
This chapter presents the findings of a study of intercultural sensitivity development
(ISD) in the context of a CSL project titled Creating Communities, Engaged
Scholarship (CruCES). The study sought to assess how and to what extent service
learning helps to foster the development of intercultural sensitivity among students
in language courses. Implications for Language Program Directors (LPDs) to deploy
this model on a programmatic scale are presented.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/69766
Volume:2017
Appears in Collections: 2017 ENGAGING THE WORLD: SOCIAL PEDAGOGIES AND LANGUAGE LEARNING


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