Learn and Serve
It is the mission of the KSU Department of Foreign Languages to provide students with opportunities for developing linguistic and cultural skills. The Modern-Language & Culture After-School Program (MLC-ASP) is a collaborative initiative between KSU and local elementary and middle schools in which supervising faculty guide KSU undergraduates to design and facilitate language and culture instruction in the schools. Participating undergraduates may earn partial course credit by assisting in the MLC-ASP and by completing assignments specified in a Learn & Serve contract.
About Learn and Serve
The students who participate in this program, do so out of their own
desire to further the education of young students. It is strictly a
volunteer program, and the students offer their time to these young children
at no cost. Children who participate in this program enjoy
themselves and have fun while they learn, a reason why many chldren choose to return to the program. There is one class every week
lasting between eight and twelve weeks. The
classes run for approximately one hour after classes end in the afternoon.
The Learn and Serve program that encourages students to teach for the
MLC-ASP program includes two different languages: German and French.
The German volunteers participate at Big Shanty Elementary School and Kennesaw Charter School, while the
French program volunteers participate at Pitner Elementary and Awtrey Middle Schools. Both programs are very beneficial in their own way.
At the elementary school level, the language programs are focused on the
teaching of the
language itself, while the middle school levels
are based on culture, more than the language itself.
Why Students Volunteer for the Program
Students that volunteer for this program do so for many different reasons.
The most common reason, however, is that they often find it helps them excel in their
own language studies. The language classes at Kennesaw State University are
centered around two main aspects in any language: written skills and
the verbal skills. The volunteers in the program often notice their
verbal skills greatly increase over the period of time that they teach with the Learn and Serve Program.