NEW Coffee & Conversation Program

To encourage the connections which enhance student retention (Song, et al, 2018), OSL/CE is happy to announce a Coffee & Conversation program for active SL/CE courses and reviewed SL/CE extracurricular activities.

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Best Practice Suggestion:
Best SL/CE (& other assessment) literature suggests replacing a formal written reflection with a reflective conversation for a course credit.

The Fine Print:
OSL/CE and SODEXO will pay for any instructor in an SL/CE course to invite 1-4 students to coffee @ PerkUP! or a meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) at the CLC dining hall. We encourage you especially to meet with students who may be struggling in your course, but you can choose any or all (maximum 4 students per session, to ensure you can interact with them all).

Instructors may participate multiple times, but only one conversation per student per course, per semester can be covered. Visit our Coffee and Conversation webpage for full details.

Not Currently Teaching a SL/CE Course?

The Spartan’s Table program may be for you! Faculty and staff are welcome to use this initiative twice per semester. 

Published by Dave Marlow

David Marlow is a professor of Linguistics and English as a Second Language and also serves as Director of the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Applied Linguistics from Ball State University. Dave seeks to work with local leaders to make a sustainable difference for underserved communities. At the core of all his endeavors, Dave seeks to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.