Community Engagement Program

The department offers community engaged courses that allow students to take part in fieldwork which utilizes language skills to be of service to local Spanish and Portuguese Speaking communities.

Spanish M165XP/CCAS M167XP: Seminar, three hours; fieldwork, 10 hours. Enforced requisite: course 25 or 27. Service learning course to give students opportunity to use cultural and linguistic knowledge acquired in Spanish classes in real-world settings. Students required to spend minimum of eight to 10 hours per week at agreed on site in Latino community. P/NP or letter grading.

Spanish M172XP/CCAS M170XP: Seminar, four hours; field project, four to six hours. Recommended requisite: course 100A. In-depth study of various topics related to literacy, including different definitions of literacy, programs for adult preliterates, literacy and gender, approaches to literacy (whole language, phonics, Freire’s liberation pedagogy), history of writing systems, phoneme as basis for alphabetic writing, and national literacy campaigns. Required field project involving Spanish-speaking adults in adult literacy programs. P/NP or letter grading.

Community Internship Courses

Spanish 195 Community Internships (4 units)

Tutorial, one hour; fieldwork, 10 hours. Requisite: course 25 or 27. Limited to juniors/seniors. Internship in supervised setting in community agency or business. Students meet on regular basis with instructor and provide journal of their experience. Final research paper required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP or letter grading.

PORTGSE 195 Community Internships (4 units)

Tutorial, two hours; fieldwork, eight hours. Requisite: course 25 or 26 or 27. Limited to juniors/seniors. Community-engaged learning is teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and critical reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Students use cultural and linguistic knowledge acquired in classes and research in real-world setting through 8-10 hours per week of volunteer work in on- or off-campus organization or unit serving Brazilian and Portuguese-speaking community. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP or letter grading.