Community-Based Activities in Language Courses

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Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Joan Munné and Melissa Simmermeyer of Romance Studies held a presentation and conversation - "Looking and Listening In: Perspectives on Community-Based Activities in Language Courses on May 4, 2016 at the Forum for Scholars and Publics (011 Old Chem).

From Professors Munné and Simmermeyer, "Community-based activities affect student engagement, motivation, understanding, and retention of course content, and we have firsthand evidence of this in our language courses. We have seen what it means when our students 'look in' and 'listen in' in our advanced Spanish courses at Duke:
Spanish 305: Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Spanish 309S: Spanish in the U.S.
Spanish 310: Advanced Spanish Translation
Spanish 311: Food Production and Consumption in N.C. and Peru

Their community-based activities have received support from the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke Service-Learning, Humanities Writ Large, the Mary D.B.T. and J.H. Semans International Exchange Fund, Story Lab at Duke, Romance Studies, Spanish Language Program and Trinity Language Committee.


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