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Service Learning in the Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages

Master's Thesis - Teaching Spanish in Catalan prisons

  • Coordination: José Antonio Moreno Villanueva (joseantonio.moreno@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Tarragona Penitentiary Center.
  • Summary: The final project was carried out during the academic year 2013-14 and was part of the Master's Degree thesis, which aims to implement the knowledge acquired from the professional track of the programme. In particular, the Service Learning experience presented here developed a unit for teaching Spanish as a foreign language to the Catalan prison population. In order to adjust the teaching materials to the reality of the classroom and meet the needs of potential users, the student first needed to acquire first-hand knowledge of the real context of teaching and learning by holding interviews with the head training at Tarragona prison and the staff that usually taught Spanish there. Class observation was also used as a tool to better meet the requirements of regular users and classes. The ultimate goal was for the teaching materials to be made available to teachers in charge of Spanish classes in Catalan prisons so that they can be used in the classroom