Our Academic Courses

Rutgers students participate in The Conversation Tree through three academic courses offered in the Graduate School of Education.

Community – Based Language Learning (CBLL)/05:300:406
3 credits (Application process is required)
The Community-Based Language Learning Course is a required course for students who are new participants in The Conversation Tree: Community-Based Language Partnerships (formerly the SALSA Program). The course provides a curriculum-based service learning experience built upon a community-identified need for English language instruction; and aligns with the university’s mission of contributing to the cultural and social well-being of the community. Course topics include demographic trends in the United States and New Jersey; an introduction to second language learning theory and practice; and the meanings of civic engagement, community and citizenship in a multicultural society. The course provides opportunities to work with adult English language learners at a community center and to discuss these experiences, connecting practice to scholarly research.

Community-Based Language Learning (CBLL) Leadership/ 05:300:407
1 – 3 Credits (Prerequisite 05:300:406)
The Community-Based Language Learning Leadership Course is a required course for returning Conversation Tree students who desire to take on a leadership role in the Conversation Café . The course provides a curriculum-based service learning experience built upon a community-identified need for English language instruction; and aligns with the university’s mission of contributing to the cultural and social well-being of the community. Course topics focus on facilitation, session planning, leadership, communication, and troubleshooting for the Conversation Cafes. The course provides opportunities to act in a leadership capacity with adult English language learners at a community center hosting a Conversation Café; and to discuss these experiences, connecting practice to scholarly research.

Community-Based Language Learning (CBLL) Internship/ 05:300:408
1 – 3 Credits (Prerequisite 05:300:406 or 05:300:430/15:253:520:80)
The Community-Based Language Learning Internship Course is for language education students or students returning to The Conversation Tree: Community-Based Language Partnerships (formerly the SALSA program). The course provides a curriculum-based service learning experience built upon a community-identified need for English language instruction; and aligns with the university’s mission of contributing to the cultural and social well-being of the community. In this internship, students continue to serve as an English conversation facilitator or Team Leader at community partner sites alongside students enrolled in the Community-Based Language Learning (CBLL) and CBLL Leadership courses. Students will continue to develop knowledge and skills to foster the language development of adult English language learners, as well as skills related to working together as a team (collaboration, communication, flexibility, etc.)

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