Our Service Learning Programs

Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca is a community outreach program that allows students enrolled in Span 220 to collaborate with the USC Child Development center at the UPC campus: http://www.cclc.com/center/ca/upc-child-development-center. This service-learning program provides students with the opportunity to share their skills and talents with the children of the USC Child Development Center, while practicing their Spanish and increasing their awareness of USC’s culturally and socially diverse neighborhood.

As part of this program, students prepare and conduct a mini-course consisting of 4 on-site classes. These 30-minute long classes are conducted at the UPC Child Development Center, and are related to one of the following fields: art, literacy, music, dance, sports, games, science, etc. Students are also required to complete 3 written assignments in Spanish to reflect on their service-learning experience. This program was developed by Professor Liana Stepanyan (lstepany@usc.edu).

Feliz en Español

Feliz En Español is a community outreach program that allows students enrolled in SPAN220 to collaborate with Los Feliz Charter School for The Arts (http://www.losfelizarts.org). This service-learning program provides students with the opportunity to share their skills and talents with the children of LFCSA, while practicing their Spanish and increasing their awareness of a culturally and socially diverse neighborhood of Los Angeles.

As part of the program, students prepare and teach 4 on-site classes at LFCSA during the after-school program. These 30-minute long classes are related to one of the following fields: art, literacy, music, dance, sports, games, or science. Children’s age ranges from 5 to 9 years old. After each visit to LFCSA, students are required to complete 3 written assignments in Spanish to reflect on their service-learning experience. This program was developed by Professor Mercedes Fages Agudo (fagesagu@usc.edu).

  • Gabriela C. Zapata, PhD
  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Director of Spanish and Portuguese Basic Language Programs
  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • University of Southern California
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 156N
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0358