RLL majors and minors are strongly encouraged to seek out opportunities for "experiential learning." Experiential learning consists of outside-the-classroom activities, such as internships, research projects, study abroad programs and service learning courses.
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RLL 496 is designed as an experiential learning course for (primarily) majors and minors in Romance Languages and Literatures. Its aim is to provide them with some basic principles of TESOL, and then pair each student with an individual in the WNY refugee community for tutoring in English and for the preparation of a narrative about their lives. The goals of the course are for RLL students to expand their own cultural awareness, expand their awareness of English and of language itself, learn some rudiments of TESOL which they may wish to explore further with a Fulbright year or TESOL certification, recognize the value of their own training in language and literature, and become acquainted with the strengths and needs of local immigrant communities. Pre-Requisites: Permission of instructor, plus at least two 300-level courses in FR, SPA, ITA, or GER
In this for-credit course, undergraduate students have the opportunity to assist in local bilingual classrooms, such as those at the Herman Badillo Community School and the Frank A. Sedita Community School. Chat with an RLL faculty advisor to learn what other alternatives are available.
The Experiential Learning Center is a resource specifically for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Undergraduate students may receive guidance from staff experts or simply use the space to research available internship, service-learning or study abroad opportunities, as well as scholarships and other funding sources.
If you are interested in providing financial support for experiential learning opportunities for RLL students, please see Ways to Support RLL. Thank you for your support!