Enhancing the foreign language classroom through experiential learning: Connecting and reflecting
West Point’s Department of Foreign Languages provides students with collaborative experiential learning opportunities based within the surrounding community in order to bring multifaceted language, cultural, and civic engagement beyond the classroom for many of their students in a variety of language courses. In this paper, we will highlight examples of the various ways these students in beginner Russian, intermediate Spanish and advanced French engage with the local and regional community in educational and noneducational settings. We will discuss the history of these engagements and share instructor impressions as well as impressions from student participants and community partners concerning learning outcomes and the benefits to both our students and the community. In all three examples, the majority of students were taking the course to fulfill a core requirement. The number of students who participated in each experiential learning initiative varied from as few as ten to as many as 120 at a given time...
Books, book chapters
French, Russian, Spanish, Experiential learning, Community engagement
Maggin, Sherry A.; Pendergast, John M.; and Praud, Julia M., "Enhancing the foreign language classroom through experiential learning: Connecting and reflecting" (2021).