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Transforming Negative Attitudes About Learning Spanish Through Community Service Learning

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Christine Coleman Young

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
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Resistance to foreign language education remains strong in the United States, presenting a challenge for language educators who find that many of their students are antagonistic toward the subject. It is convenient to blame this negative attitude on factors we can’t control, such as American ethnocentricity or a market-driven approach to higher education that fails to recognize the value of language study. Yet while these and other factors certainly may play a role, much of the pessimism surrounding foreign language study is based on how we as educators, and consequently the students, approach language learning. In this paper, I explore some causes of the negativity regarding foreign language study that can be attributed to even the most innovative pedagogical approaches. I suggest that a community service-learning (henceforth CSL) model is one way to effectively challenge the unfortunate portrayal of the dreaded foreign language class.
How to Cite: Young, C.C., (2007). Transforming Negative Attitudes About Learning Spanish Through Community Service Learning. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 17(1), pp.105–113. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/52
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Published on 01 Jan 2007.
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