One Bright Idea: Service Learning in First-Year Spanish

Friday, April 4, 10:00 am to 11:00 am, in 023 Dunbar Library.

Led by Ksenia Bonch Reeves.

Most college students learn Spanish in the classroom hoping one day to use the language in real-life settings. At Wright State, students can practice as they learn while tutoring at El Puente, an after-school bridge program for Hispanic immigrant children co-founded by Wright State University, Dayton Public Schools and the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Early on, students in Spanish 1020 become exposed to diversity, learn first-hand about issues affecting the Hispanic community, and use what they learn in the classroom to connect with speakers of Spanish in real-life settings.

Dr. Ksenia Bonch Reeves is co-author, with Cecilia McGinniss Kennedy, of an innovative textbook, Sitios: A Community-Inspired Approach to Spanish (2012). She will discuss how teaching and learning Spanish in partnership with El Puente helps advance the mission of Wright State University -- achieving learning outcomes through innovative, high quality programs for all students and engaging in significant community service through community connection, service learning, and innovative pedagogy. This one-hour workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning and the Center for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement.