Publication Date

2009

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Sora Friedman

Abstract

Language in Motion (LiM) is a community outreach program administered through the Office of International Education (OIE) at Willamette University (WU) in Salem, Oregon. This program recruits international students and study abroad returnees to plan and deliver presentations on language and culture in local public school classrooms on a voluntary basis. In its two years of operation at WU, a foundation of support for Language in Motion has been established among Willamette students and kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) teachers in the Salem-Keizer school district. However, to ensure that Language in Motion grows into a strong and sustainable program, it will be necessary to allocate time and energy towards verifying that presentations are also of high caliber.

This capstone paper proposes a program designed to prepare Language in Motion presenters. The unique context and goals of this program, the needs of the student presenters, and concepts of adult learning form the basis for the program structure and curriculum. Students will identify their individual goals as participants in LiM and will be able to acquire new knowledge and skills by attending training fairs. Participants will also have the option to rehearse their presentations and receive feedback prior to delivery in the classroom. Group collaboration and reflection activities will encourage cohesion and develop a sense of community among LiM participants.

By participating in the training program, Language in Motion presenters will be able to deliver well-planned, dynamic lessons that will improve the overall quality of the Language in Motion experience for all participants—volunteer presenters, school teachers and K-12 students alike.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | International and Comparative Education

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