Community Service Learning

Presenter FAQs

  1. What is Language in Motion?
  2. Do I have to present by myself?
  3. Why take part in LiM?
  4. How does LiM benefit the Salem-Keizer community?
  5. Who can join?
  6. When do we start?
  7. What topics can I present?
  8. What is required?
  9. How do I sign up?

1. What is Language in Motion?

LiM presenter Abhisek at Waldo Middle SchoolLanguage in Motion (LiM) is a volunteer program where U.S. students (usually recently returned from study abroad), international students, and language assistants can work with Salem-Keizer teachers to prepare a short presentation about a country of origin or cultural experience.

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2. Do I have to present by myself?

LiM presenter Jamie at Parrish Middle SchoolYou can work individually if you choose or in a small group to prepare a lesson approximately 45 minutes in length. Ideally, we encourage pairs to include one study abroad and one international student/language assistant – both having lived in the same country on which their lesson will focus. This balance may not be possible in some circumstances, but please consider this if the situation allows.

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3. Why take part in LiM?

We hope that participating in LiM will help you reflect on your different cultural experiences and learn more from each other about the ways in which people from around the world live. It is a wonderful way for you to share your experiences abroad, and with a curious and interested audience. It can also be a very enlightening experience for the students you will teach, as many times they have little knowledge of the countries or cultures you may be representing. It is an excellent way to interact with the local community and learn about the U.S. public school system.

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4. How does LiM benefit the Salem-Keizer community?

This program is a very special opportunity, not only for those working and studying at Willamette University, but also for the Salem-Keizer community.  Living in and experiencing a different culture gives you first-hand understanding of that location and its people.  LiM is an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with those who might not know much about your particular region or culture.  We encourage those of you who have studied or lived outside of the United States to share your knowledge of and respect for diverse cultures with people in your current community of Salem-Keizer.

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5. Who can join?

This program is intended for international students, language assistants, and students who have participated in a Willamette study abroad program.  If you do not fit into this category, but feel that you can also offer a unique perspective of a different culture or language, please come see us in the Community Service Learning Office (UC2). We are always open to suggestions and new ideas.

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6. When do we start?

Each semester we correspond with teachers in the Salem-Keizer school district and receive their schedules. The LiM coordinator will help match you with an appropriate teacher and class.  There may also be a short training session called Go LiM!

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7. What topics can I present?

You will work with the LiM coordinator and a Salem-Keizer teacher to narrow the focus of your presentation. Topics may include geography, language, history, food, music, dance, current events, youth culture, educational journey, and much more.

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8. What is required?

No teaching experience is needed to participate!  All you need is enthusiasm for your international experience, the ability to work with others, and an interest in teaching or presenting to a classroom of students.

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9. How do I sign up?

You can contact the program coordinator Nomi Pearce via email at , or in person at the University Center, 2nd floor.

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