Document Type

Article

Publication Date

April 2015

Publication Title

New Waves-Educational Research and Development Journal: Special Issue on Service Learning in Education

Volume

18

Issue

1

First Page

18

Last Page

35

Abstract

In an effort to address the gaps in preparing teacher candidates (TCs) to work with English Language Learners (ELLs), service-learning experiences (SLE) were integrated into two courses within a teacher education program. This exploratory case study sought to explore the outcomes of teacher candidates (TCs) engaged in SLE with diverse students and families, particularly ELLs. Content analysis of students’ reflections provided insights of the impact of the SLE. Findings indicate that participating in service-learning with ELLs provides opportunities for TCs to engage in positive interactions that help to address misconceptions about students, families, and communities. TCs also began to confront their fears of working with ELLs and develop relationship-building skills and initial strategies for teaching ELLs.