Oral History Projects: Practicing a Foreign Language and Exploring Culture While Serving Local Immigrant Communities

Abstract

This paper offers a pedagogical framework for a community engagement project that can be used by instructors of any language. Over the past twelve years, students in Professor Maria Grazia De Angelis’ Italian classes have interviewed Italian immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay Area. To develop their language skills, they conduct videotaped interviews in Italian and present the videos to their subjects. The videos are then deposited in an archive, where they become part of a historical record. The interviews are generally conducted in person but were held on Zoom during the COVID pandemic. While this project focuses specifically on Italian immigrants in California, it could be applied with immigrants in any language and region.



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Maria Grazia De Angelis, Saint Mary's College of California, United States
Audrey Edmondo, Saint Mary's College of California, United States

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Conference: IICE2022
Stream: Challenging & Preserving: Culture

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To cite this article:
Angelis M., & Edmondo A. (2022) Oral History Projects: Practicing a Foreign Language and Exploring Culture While Serving Local Immigrant Communities ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2022 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2022.32
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2022.32


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