The Connections Goal Area in Spanish Community Service-Learning: Possibilities and Limitations
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2010
© 2010 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 231–245, Summer 2010
How to Cite
Abbott, A. and Lear, D. (2010), The Connections Goal Area in Spanish Community Service-Learning: Possibilities and Limitations. Foreign Language Annals, 43: 231–245. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2010.01076.x
- Issue published online: 17 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2010
- civic engagement;
- community-based learning;
- connections standard;
- service learning;
- social action
Abstract: Using the National Standards' 5 C's as a framework, the authors examine student success in Spanish community service-learning at making connections across academic disciplines, to information and viewpoints that they encounter in the community, and to concrete social action. We use data from students, instructors, and community partners involved in a community service-learning Spanish course to present three cases: a student who made connections and took action, another who could not make connections beyond her own experience vis-à-vis the concept of poverty, and one representative case of a student who excelled as a student in every traditional context yet did not take action.