Language Learning in Action: Placing Language students in the Community

J. Diaz-Martinez, E. Bouvet, D. Cosmini-Rose, M. Palaktsoglou, R. von der Borch

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This paper reports on the Language in Action project, a program implemented at Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia), which aims to provide placement opportunities for language students in local community settings where languages are used. This unique program, based on experiential learning, has recently been refocused in terms of its educational objectives. Our reflection has led to the rationalisation of the core principles underpinning the program and to the design of a dedicated Language in Action website which aims to provide support to students and placement providers.

The program is designed to encourage students’ prosocial behaviour while improving their language and intercultural skills in near immersion settings. It also aims to foster students’ ownership of their learning process and muster students’ awareness and ability to reflect critically on the social nature of language use and language learning through intercultural exchanges.

This paper focuses on outlining students’ experiences after language placements (Modern Greek, Italian, Spanish and Indonesian) in different contexts, and discusses the program’s implementation from the students’ perspective. Students reflect on the impact the placements had on their motivation, language skills, and attitude towards the language they are studying. Students also assess the potential effects that a placement within a minority community had on their personal and social realms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEDULEARN18 Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Palma, Spain. 2-4 July, 2018
EditorsL. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez, I. Candel Torres
PublisherInternational Academy of Technology, Education and Development
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-09-02709-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies - Palma, Spain
Duration: 2 Jul 20184 Jul 2018 (Conference website)

Publication series

NameEDULEARN Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2340-1117


Conference10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Abbreviated titleEDULEARN18
Internet address


  • work integrated learning
  • language placement
  • language learning
  • deep learning
  • immersion
  • Migrant communities
  • ageing
  • wellbeing
  • interculturality


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