UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center (Level 1)
A guest speaker from the ECDC provided the pre-activity visit to the classroom. Students practiced reading stories prior to reading to the children at the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC). The children listened to an international students read stories to them. Although limited in spoken English, this activity provided an opportunity to practice using English in an authentic learning environment.
Experiential Learning Activities (Level 2)
Prior to the experiences, students studied the vocabulary and performed role plays in preparation for a visit to a restaurant where they ordered food and communicated with restaurant staff. In addition, students learned the bus route in Flint by navigating their way to Flint Bishop Airport. Prior to the airport visit, students studied the vocabulary necessary to successfully complete the experience and formed questions to ask the guest speaker from the airport customer service department. To fulfill a number of the communicative competence outcomes, students learned and practiced the necessary vocabulary to complete their assignment at the Farmers’ Market. For highlights of the activities, click on the following link https://animoto.com/play/7bgJ00ts04K0qwuBerKsGA
Experiential Learning Activities (Level 3)
Funded through a University Outreach grant, students visited the Sloan museum, the Farmers’ Market, and collaborated with an academic class for cultural exchange. All experiences lent themselves to students meeting outcomes in learning more about American and local culture, note-taking, listening comprehension, and communicative competence. At this level, students were eager and well-equipped to take the lead in planning and executing the experiences.
Carriage Town Ministries (Level 4)
Prior to the service learning experience, students were prepared for the experience by listening to the volunteer Director’s overview of the center and task descriptions. During the presentation, students practiced note-taking skills. Following the presentation, students volunteered at the center where they organized donations. In addition to volunteer work, students conducted a clothing donation drive and returned to the center for a follow up volunteer experience.
My Brother’s Keeper (Level 5)
Two representatives from MBK came to the classroom to speak to the students about the mission and purpose of MBK. Students practiced note-taking skills during the presentation followed by the opportunity to ask question. Ultimately, the students planned and prepared a cultural dinner for the residents and provided much needed supplies for the guests. This experience provided a forum for ELP students to practice many of the communicative competence outcomes that they had been practicing in class. The residents of MBK were grateful for the students and their contribution of food, personal necessities and comradery.
Exploring Majors Through Art (Level 6)
Funded through a University Outreach grant, students visited the FIA, hosted an art gallery with their imagery, gave classroom presentations and had guest speakers. The culmination of these activities provided students with the opportunity to critically think about the impact their educational opportunities and later career goals. Given the breadth of the activities, students had ample opportunities to practice note-taking, listening, and speaking skills studied in class. A portfolio of their work was kept by the students throughout the term.