LING 410/510: Community Activism in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts
Instructor: Janet Cowal
Do applied linguistics, work for positive change, and get credit! LING 410/510 "Community Activism" is a hands-on, learn-by-doing class that focuses on building community and exploring how linguistically and culturally under-represented groups can work to get their voices heard in the dominant culture's system. Students have opportunities to bridge theory with practical real-world experience by working on fun, authentic, and relevant projects at Atkinson Elementary School in SE Portland.
This year we will be working on 2 projects.
- We are partnering with Atkinson's Outdoor Learning Gardens committee, language teachers, and artist Diane Jacobs on a project integrating language, art, and the environment. This project involves the use of clay, tile mosaics, and mural painting for 2nd / heritage language & culture learning specifically regarding the environment.
- We will be working with the school's Chinese and Vietnamese families to assist in logistics regarding Atkinson's Lunar New Year celebration. This project also involves outreach to the Spanish and English speaking families in the community.
Here is a great opportunity to use applied linguistics to "be the change you wish to see in the world." Note: you do not have to be an artist, musician, or speak Chinese, Vietnamese, or Spanish in order to make contributions to the class and to Atkinson. A truth that becomes very apparent during the quarter is that every person has talents that can be used to make an important difference. If you are an artist, a gardener, or speak one of the languages listed, this course will provide many opportunities for you to put those skills to practical use. Students will have opportunities to work outside of the classroom; times are flexible and can be arranged to fit individual students' schedules.
Prerequisites: LING 390
Other Relevant Information: This course fulfills a "Language and Society" requirement.