Resources: Service-Learning Links from EKU

Engaging students in any subject can be difficult, but requiring them to use the knowledge to provide services outside of the classroom can help students to see the real-world impact of the classroom materials.  When done well, such Service Learning projects have added benefits for both the student and the teacher.  The kind of volunteer work that students generally do with these projects is good for the soul and for the community at large.  

However, successfully and safely implementing a service learning into your course can be challenging, so more and more universities are beginning to offer assistance to professors interested in requiring such projects.  Below you will find a fantastic link to resources offered by Eastern Kentucky University.  Their Office of Service Learning offers specialized training to professors who are interested in developing specially-designated service-learning courses at EKU, including, among others a link to Youth Service America and links to sample syllabi.

 Service-Learning Resources.

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About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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