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Academic English Studies

English + Service Learning + Environmental Studies!

October 12, 2017

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As part of their content-based English course, AES students engaged with the local community during this summer’s 6-week Environmental Issues course. Each activity reinforced and extended themes covered in class.   Field trips included:

  • The Oregon Zoo, resulting in a follow-up assignment exploring the challenge of balancing the needs of animals (especially endangered animals) and the needs of people.
  • Touring the Lewis & Clark campus with Amy Dvorak, the Director of Sustainability. The class learned about the many “green” features of our campus community, such as a composting toilet, the greenhouse, student gardens, and much more.
  • Tryon Creek State Park. While hiking, students talked to a guide about environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest, and then volunteered to remove invasive ivy that is threatening the health of trees at Tryon.

All of these activities helped students directly integrate their in-classroom language learning and use English in local settings, expanding their language opportunities.