ENGL361 - Recovering Oral Histories
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Prerequisite: Students must have completed one course in English, Latin American Studies, or Education. Credit only granted for: ENGL261 or ENGL361.

Service-learning course that gives students an opportunity to develop writing, interviewing, and communication skills as they contribute to the work of a community organization. In the classroom, students will reflect on the process and do background research to understand the particular context of the organization's work. In the field, students will interview (or have informal discussions with) young people helped by the organization in order to construct a narrative about their lives, their perceptions of themselves, and their experiences.

Students will work with the Cultural Academy For Excellence (CAFE), a Prince Georges County based organization which teaches young people of elementary and middle school age to play a musical instrument, the Caribbean steel pan, while also working to develop their ability at intercultural communication.  Students will work interviewing (or having informal discussions with) young people in order to construct a narrative about their lives, their perceptions of themselves, and their experience of the Prince Georges County school system.   Since some of the students at the community center are in what the county describes as Title 1 schools, students will develop an understanding of young people‚Äôs needs within that structure. As a direct service to the community organization, UMD students will help the young people of CAFE to write brief narratives of their life experiences and prepare these for public presentation at the end of the semester.