In any one semester, up to 100 students enrolled in English courses will venture outside the University to teach English to new immigrants, assist high school students with finding community resources, and work with children at an urban farm—all for college credit.
Classes such as EngL 3741 Literacy and American Cultural Diversity combine academic study with experiential learning to explore the connections between literature and literacy and put theory into practice. They also offer undergraduates opportunities to gain experience in careers they may enter, including teaching, project management, editing, and nonprofit organizing.
In EngL 3505/3506 Community Learning Internships I and II, students work as year-long interns in local community-based education projects, which allows them to make significant impacts on partner organizations. English major Marina Kuperman taught English classes at a nonprofit learning center in Minneapolis: “I had the opportunity to implement my own lesson plans and to organize and execute monthly volunteer teacher meetings. This course gave me invaluable experience in teaching, leadership, public speaking, and becoming a part of a community."