This innovative program draws undergraduate students from across campus based on their shared commitment to social justice and desire to expand their own intercultural competencies for their future careers. Selected students find a challenging academic experience both in the classroom and in the field as student teachers working with diverse local populations with mixed English proficiency. Alumni of this program attest to the many ways that it honed their leadership and communication skills, enhanced their ability to think on their feet in unpredictable circumstances, and provided them with a savvy and sophisticated view of the rapidly changing national demographics.
This program is offered in collaboration with the English Language Institute and the department of American Culture. It includes two courses:
ELI 395: Principles and Practices of Teaching ESL in Migrant Communities
During the first term, students take a course centered on developing reflective teaching practices and exploring the themes of "Language and Community" in the context of migrant farm workers in the US.
ELI 396: Migrant Community Outreach and ESL Teaching Practicum
In the follow-up course, students take their academic skills directly into the community teaching English and providing other services like interpreting, or information on local resources.