Learning the Language of Global Citizenship


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  • Title: Learning the Language of Global Citizenship: Strengthening Service-Learning in TESOL
  • Author(s): James Michael Perren,
  • Editor(s): Adrian Wurr
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Year: 2015
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-61229-814-6
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-61229-815-3
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/978-1-61229-815-3/CGP
  • Citation: Perren, James Michael, and Adrian Wurr, eds. 2015. Learning the Language of Global Citizenship: Strengthening Service-Learning in TESOL. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-61229-815-3/CGP.
  • Extent: 602 pages


The literature on service-learning in TESOL has developed over the last two decades to include over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and several edited collections. Collectively, the research to date indicates that service-learning gives English Language Learners (ELLs) insight on U.S. culture, provides authentic speaking and listening situations, enhances literacy skills, and has a positive effect on retention. When incorporated into TESOL teacher education programs, service-learning enhances pre-service teachers’ understanding of ELLs, language learning theories and practices, and the communities in which they serve. Service-learning scholarship in TESOL has not only increased our collective understanding of engaged teaching and learning in diverse settings, but also demonstrates increased theoretical maturity by systematically applying empirical methods to examine a range of assorted research phenomenon. Key articles in the existing research base tell us powerful stories about language, culture, race, and nationality. They contribute to public discourse on immigration, globalization, education, and civic engagement, to name a few of the issues to which English Language Learners and their teachers can contribute. With detailed examples and case studies in K-12, Intensive English, Academic English, immigrant and adult education, and community-based programs around the world, the present volume provides the most complete discussion of best practices in TESOL service-learning research and praxis in TESOL to date.