Outcomes of an Academic Service-Learning Project on Mass Atrocity with an ELL Population



This chapter depicts an extremely successful project that involved the collaboration of an upper-level English Language Learner (ELL) reading class and a pre-service education class that was conducted as part of Queensborough Community College’s (QCC’s) 2015–2016 National Endowment for the Humanities/Kupferberg Holocaust Center (NEH/KHC) Colloquium Series, “Gender, Mass Violence, and Genocide.” Both groups of students learned about the colloquia theme as they provided service to each other and read Jasmina Dervisevic-Cesic’s memoir of the Bosnian Civil War, The River Runs Salt, Runs Sweet. This chapter provides a project outline and rationale, curricular focus, and a summary of the themes that emerged from a recursive assessment of student learning and participation. In doing so, the chapter portrays the pedagogical benefits of employing a peer-to-peer Academic Service-Learning model about crucial topics to enhance ELL’s learning.


English Language Learners (ELLs) Academic Service Learning (ASL) Queensborough Community College (QCC) Runs Sweet Colloquium Series 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishQueensborough Community College, CUNYBaysideUSA

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