Preparing Global Professionals: Language for Specific Purposes and Approaches to Community-Based Language Learning

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Language Beyond the Classroom: A Guide to Community-Based Learning for World Language Programs

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In this chapter we will describe and evaluate three projects which engaged the need of the city's Russian-speaking community. Our projects in Community-based Writing and Community Translation reflect the unique context of the Russian program at PSU, which offers both a regular undergraduate major in Russian as well as an intensive Russian Flagship program, which provides students of any major the opportunity to develop professional level competency in Russian by the time of graduation. PSU's Russian Flagship Program is one of 26 federally-funded undergraduate programs in nine critical languages that seek to change the expectations for proficiency outcomes for undergraduate students. The projects described here harnessed the potential of the highly-motivated Flagship students, who generally reach various sub-levels of ACTFL Advanced-level proficiency toward the end of the course work offered on the PSU campus, before going abroad for a capstone year where they on developing Superior-level proficiency.

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