While much research has been done on experiential learning opportunities in study abroad settings, there are fewer publications devoted to experiential learning in the domestic context. This volume aims to fill that gap by providing a collection of chapters highlighting research-based innovations in experiential learning in domestic settings. The book focuses on three experiential learning contexts: community engagement experiences, professional engagement experiences and other unique experiential contexts such as language camps and houses. The collection focuses on the US context but the research projects and curricular innovations described here can serve as models for educators working in other local contexts and will encourage interested practitioners to explore experiential learning opportunities in their local areas. It will also provide the reader with a better understanding of this growing field of inquiry and should appeal to graduate students and researchers who are interested in experiential language learning.
Melanie Bloom is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. Her research interests include experiential learning, study abroad, second language writing and the teaching and learning of culture. Carolyn Gascoigne is Dean of Arts & Humanities at Angelo State University, USA. Her research interests include second language reading and hybrid language instruction.
Contributor Bios Melanie Bloom and Carolyn Gascoigne: Introduction Part I Experiential Learning through Community Engagement 1. Adrian J. Wurr: Multilingual Learners and Leaders 2. Josef Hellebrandt: Community Engagement in Spanish Departments at US Colleges and Universities: Where is it? 3. Annie Abbott: Civic Engagement and Community Service Learning: Connecting Students' Experiences to Policy and Advocacy 4. C. Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch and Laura C. Walls: Service-learning as an Ecological Resource: Providing Learning Opportunities for Mixed Second- and Heritage-Language Classrooms 5. Frederique Grim: Experiential Learning for L2 Students: Steps Toward a French Service-learning Program in the Community Part II Experiential Learning through Professional Engagement 6. Carolyn Gascoigne: Externship Opportunities for French: An Initial Response to Pedagogical Climate Change 7. Melanie Bloom: Developing Internship Programming for Second Language Students 8. Carmen King de Ramirez and Barbara A. Lafford: Mentors' Perspectives on Professional Internships: Rewards, Challenges, and Future Directions 9. Leticia T. McDoniel: Internship Programs: A Platform for Locally-Based Cultural Immersion Programs Part III Experiential Learning in other Local Contexts 10. Brigid Moira Burke: Using Expeditionary Learning Design for Secondary and College-Level World Language Curriculum and Instruction 11. Jessica S. Miller: Creative Placemaking in Cajun Louisiana: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning Environmental, Cultural, and Linguistic Diversity in the United States 12. S. Marina Jones: Engaging Students through Foreign Language Campus Housing: A Case Study of a Small German Language Program 13. Jacqueline Thomas: Language Camps: By Teaching We Learn 14. Melanie Bloom: Conclusion: Future Directions in Experiential Learning