Daphne earned her BA in dance at Barnard College, and after some turns and changes in direction spent many years as a successful editor and writer. She discovered TESOL through volunteering with adult learners in San Francisco, and entered the MA TESOL program in fall 2009. She has taught ESL to elementary school parents through Refugee Transitions, and is currently an instructor for intermediate reading and writing at the American Language Institute at SFSU. A coach and leader in Project SHINE for seven semesters, she plans to integrate experiential learning into her future teaching.
Forging New Identities in New Communities: Service Learning for International Students
International students can experience difficulty creating new identities as confident, capable English language users. A service-learning experience can provide a structured context and purpose for these students to interact with other university students and members of the greater community off campus. This presentation describes a pilot project to incorporate international students studying at an Intensive English Program, the American Language Institute at SFSU, into a service-learning program, Project SHINE. The presenters will describe the background, curriculum model, and implementation of the pilot project, and discuss the impacts of service learning on these students’ personal identity development and membership in new communities, based on students’ reflections and discussions.