Mar 04, 2024
ML 2400 - Language Immersion through Community-Based Service Learning during Study Abroad
This course pairs students studying abroad in Merida, Mexico with a partner organization (a community group, governmental agency, or NGO) where they will use their Spanish language skills in real-life contexts while they contribute to the goals of the local community. Through regular participation in a local organization over the course of the semester, they will get to know the people, customs, and history of Merida, and develop a nuanced familiarity with key aspects of Mexican and Yucatan culture. In class, students will read and discuss current research on Mexican, and particularly Yucatan, society and history. They will apply their new knowledge both in practice with the partner organizations and in writing assignments and exams.
Requisites: SPAN 1120
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2CP
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Students will compare what they study in the classroom with the situations they encounter in the field.
- Students will critique their relationship to the host community and the impact of individual actions through class discussions and reflective writing.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the social, economic, and historic conditions of the community in which they are studying through discussions and reflective writing.
- Students will interpret social registers, forms of address and politeness, and the influence of context on spoken and written language.
- Students will use the target language in real-life contexts to communicate effectively with native speakers from a variety of backgrounds, who use regional accents and colloquial language.
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