Learning the Language of Global Citizenship: Strengthening Service-Learning in TESOL

James Michael Perren and Adrian Wurr (eds)

Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

The literature on service-learning in TESOL has developed over the last two decades to include over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and several edited collections. Collectively, the research to date indicates that service-learning gives English Language Learners (ELLs) insight on U.S. culture, provides authentic speaking and listening situations, enhances literacy skills, and has a positive effect on retention. When incorporated into TESOL teacher education programs, service-learning enhances pre-service teachers’ understanding of ELLs, language learning theories and practices, and the communities in which they serve.

Service-learning scholarship in TESOL has not only increased our collective understanding of engaged teaching and learning in diverse settings, but also demonstrates increased theoretical maturity by systematically applying empirical methods to examine a range of assorted research phenomenon. Key articles in the existing research base tell us powerful stories about language, culture, race, and nationality. They contribute to public discourse on immigration, globalization, education, and civic engagement, to name a few of the issues to which English Language Learners and their teachers can contribute. With detailed examples and case studies in K-12, Intensive English, Academic English, immigrant and adult education, and community-based programs around the world, the present volume provides the most complete discussion of best practices in TESOL service-learning research and praxis in TESOL to date.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 4.661MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois.

Dr. James Michael Perren

Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA

James Perren is a language teacher, teacher educator, editor, and author, and has worked in Japan, Jamaica, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and California. He is currently employed at Alliant International University in San Diego, California. James Perren works on developing new curriculum design and instruction concepts and procedures for graduate TESOL programs in the Hufstedler School of Education. This practical work informs his research and scholarly interests in service-learning curriculum and pedagogy. James Perren holds a BA in Spanish and an MA in TESOL from San José State University in California and an EdD in Language Arts/TESOL from Temple University, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Adrian Wurr

Ph.D., University of Arizona, USA

Adrian Wurr (Ph.D., University of Arizona) has worked and published extensively in the United States and Asia, exploring the intersections of applied linguistics, literacy studies, and service-learning. He co-edited Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy: A Critical Sourcebook (Bedford/St. Martin, 2010), Learning the Language of Global Citizenship: Service-Learning in Applied Linguistics (Wiley, 2007) and served as guest editor for numerous journals, most recently for the TESOL Journal special issue on service-learning in TESOL (2013). He is currently researching service-learning in immigrant communities worldwide.


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