Event Title

The Employee Language Program: fostering connection and multi-cultural awareness through language learning

Research Mentor(s)

Kirsten Drickey

Description

The goal of the Employee Language Program (ELP) is to provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to learn a new language and to provide students with the chance to gain valuable teaching and professional experience. The workshops offered by the program are aimed to increase language proficiency and, in doing so, increase multicultural awareness on Western’s campus. Beginning to advanced workshops and one-on-one conversation partners are provided to accommodate participants of all skill levels. The program builds empathy between students and employees by creating an environment in which the usual university roles have been switched, with the students acting as the teachers and the employees acting as the students. ELP fosters a stronger campus community with more multicultural awareness and deeper connections between staff and students.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

15-5-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

15-5-2019 5:00 PM

Location

Carver Gym (Bellingham, Wash.)

Department

Modern and Classical Languages

Genre/Form

student projects, posters

Type

Image

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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The Employee Language Program: fostering connection and multi-cultural awareness through language learning

Carver Gym (Bellingham, Wash.)

The goal of the Employee Language Program (ELP) is to provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to learn a new language and to provide students with the chance to gain valuable teaching and professional experience. The workshops offered by the program are aimed to increase language proficiency and, in doing so, increase multicultural awareness on Western’s campus. Beginning to advanced workshops and one-on-one conversation partners are provided to accommodate participants of all skill levels. The program builds empathy between students and employees by creating an environment in which the usual university roles have been switched, with the students acting as the teachers and the employees acting as the students. ELP fosters a stronger campus community with more multicultural awareness and deeper connections between staff and students.