University of Southern California

Lingua Franca: An Innovative Approach to the Implementation of the 5 C’s Outside of
the Spanish Classroom

Prompted by the implementation of a new curriculum compliant with the ACTFL standards, the Spanish and Portuguese Department of the University of Southern California has embraced the 5 Cs of ACTFL to provide students with a conceptually new learning experience: Lingua Franca, an innovative way to extend exposure to Spanish language and Hispanic culture outside of the classroom walls. This article examines this service-learning program, it´s challenges and outcomes

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