The Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics continues to develop service-learning opportunities for students, improving their language proficiency and intercultural competence by creating meaningful projects within authentic linguistic and cultural contexts. Service-learning pairs students and community partners in a mutually beneficial, credit bearing endeavor and provides both a needed service to the community and an opportunity for student learning.
Through a partnership with the Vermillion High School, correspond with a pen pal through hand-written letters sent through the actual mail. The written correspondence is followed up by a face-to-face meeting, conversation, and a team writing activity. Students serve as both teachers of Spanish composition as well as mentors for the upper-class high school students as they begin to explore university opportunities.
Advanced Spanish students team with members of the Latin American Student Organization and the Center for Siouxland’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to assist Spanish-speaking clients with questions and forms, and help interpret for clients and tax-preparers.