Learning Language "In Action": Creating a Work Placement Program in Languages

Eric Bouvet, Javier Diaz-Martinez, Daniela Cosmini-Rose, Maria Palaktsoglou, Lynn Vanzo, Rosslyn von der Borch

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This chapter reports on the “Language in Action” project, a program implemented at Flinders University, which provides placement opportunities for language students in local community settings where the languages they study are spoken. This unique program, based on experiential learning, has recently been refocused in terms of its educational objectives. Our reflection has led to the rationalization of the core principles underpinning the program and to the design of a dedicated “Language in Action” website created to provide information for students, placement providers, and staff administering the program, as well as for any language educator interested in the idea of language placements. In this chapter, we outline the institutional context and rationale for the “Language in Action” program and present the educational principles underpinning it. We subsequently provide information about the program’s implementation, and discuss the benefits students report from their placement experiences. Finally, we present the main features of the program’s dedicated website.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntersections in Language Planning and Policy
Subtitle of host publicationEstablishing Connections in Languages and Cultures
EditorsJean Fornasiero, Sarah M. A. Reed, Rob Amery, Eric Bouvet, Kayoko Enomoto, Hui Ling Xu
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030509255
ISBN (Print)9783030509248
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventIntersections: Collaboration and the Future of Languages and Cultures: 4th Biennial Colloquium of LCNAU - Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 27 Nov 201729 Nov 2017
https://www.lcnau.org/colloquia/#past-colloquia (List of past LCNAU colloquia, including 2017)
https://www.lcnau.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/SummaryProgramLCNAU-23-Nov-2017.pdf (2017 LCNAU colloquia program)

Publication series

NameLanguage Policy(Netherlands)
ISSN (Print)1571-5361


ConferenceIntersections: Collaboration and the Future of Languages and Cultures
OtherThe 2017 Colloquium was held at The University of Adelaide, 27-29 November, and was followed, on 29 November, by the Adelaide Languages Festival.

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  • experiential learning
  • community engagement
  • placement
  • program
  • Experiential learning
  • Deep approach pedagogy
  • Flinders University
  • Intercultural citizenship
  • Language placement
  • Social good


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