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Volume 40, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0155-0640
  • E-ISSN: 1833-7139
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Abstract

This article discusses a community engagement pilot program for language students offered at Flinders University. For a number of years, the program has provided placement opportunities for language students in a range of community settings such as aged-care agencies and cultural associations. From an educational perspective, draws from the Deep Approach to World Language Education, which places students in charge of their learning experience and promotes meaningful interactions with communities. The program is also designed to encourage students’ prosocial behavior, contributing to developing a sense of meaning in life, relationship satisfaction, and wellbeing. Through students have opportunities not only to improve their language and intercultural skills in near immersion settings, but also to establish social connections with individuals from migrant groups. This article discusses the placement experiences of language students, focusing on students of Italian, in aged-care contexts. It presents the rationale of the program in light of some core principles of Positive Psychology. It discusses the program’s implementation, preliminary data on students’ evaluations of their language development, and the sense of achievement they derive from their placements.

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