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Monday, October 9 • 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Expressing Language Through International Relationships and Urban Community Partners (30 mins)

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The word “Immigrant” is saddled with negative connotations as they continue to flood into the U.S. relocating in various cities across the nation. In 1990, Nebraska predicted a 14.4 % minority ratio by the year 2025 (DHHS 2009) – however, it reached 14.6 % in 2005 – exceeding the anticipated percentage twenty years ahead of its projected date. The growth of immigration will not decrease as we continue to see more minority children in public schools. Thus the need to educate the children and family will rise and public schools will become a necessary haven for the non-native speakers.
Using P-16 Service Learning components as part of the language curriculum is beneficial to bridging relationships in the urban community as students of immigrants’ partner with international university students and a non-profit organization. As a result, students will begin to feel comfortable in an unfamiliar community as they improve their language skills during the partnership. This connection provides resources to the culturally diverse students that will enhance learning about their new world and allow them to see future possibilities, like attending college in the U.S.
We will discuss how Service Learning has become a vehicle that has impacted elementary ELL students culturally, academically, and personally. There are many success stories that have risen out of a having Service Learning as a component of an educational curriculum that we would like to share with the urban community. Though Service Learning is still an experiential method of teaching, our results have been successful.


Angie Carlton

Service Learning Associate, UNO Service Learning Academy
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Linda Loftus

ESL Specialist, University of Nebraska at Omaha
I am passionate about my students and the community I live in. Together, we can provide fulfilling and engaging dialogue that will encourage learning in the classroom and beyond.

Monday October 9, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm MDT
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