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Thursday, June 23 • 13:45 - 14:45
PK07.04e - An Intergenerational Community-Engaged Language and Cultural Program: Spanish Seniors & Spanish L2 Learners

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Conversing with a native speaker in one’s target language can be an awkward and a trying experience for many. Some language learners may feel embarrassed as a result of their perceived lack of skill in the target language, hesitate to speak to native speakers, and remain in socially isolating situations. An Intergenerational Program (IP) could be a good way to cross those barriers. Newman and Hatton-Yeo (2008) state that creating opportunities for intergenerational learning and the development of meaningful relationships among non-familial older and younger generations is fundamental to the creation of IPs.

The proposed Intergenerational Community-Engaged Language and Cultural Program implicitly recognizes that all language learners have something to offer with respect to teaching; that is, their native language and culture.

We will describe the design of the program, the implementation and preliminary results based only in observations. We will also mentioned some of the opportunities provided by the program for both students and seniors: knowledge of the cultures, institutions and ways of life of different communities; understanding of the relationships between culture, contexts of communication and language use; insight into the roles and conventions governing behavior within specific intercultural environments; critical awareness of their own and others’ beliefs and values; and sensitivity towards cultural stereotypes and related obstacles to successful intercultural communication (Language Network for quality assurance).


Ana Garcia-Allen

Ana Garcia-Allen is the Spanish Language and Community Service Learning Coordinator in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Western University. She is also a PhD student in Education at the same university.

Thursday June 23, 2016 13:45 - 14:45 EDT
UCC 56

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