ERIC Number: ED197605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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Modest Proposals for Second and Foreign Language Teacher Education in the 1980s.
Hancock, Charles R.
The two principal types of teacher education models--traditional (competency-based) and humanistic--are reviewed as they relate to the training of the foreign language teacher. A synthesized model of conventional second language teacher programs is set forth. Competency-based and performance-based models are described as interim structurings of guidelines and competencies that suffer somewhat from failure to discover the essential components of competency. Humanistic teaching models are reviewed, including the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs, Fanselow's FOCUS model, the Silent Way, and Community-Language Learning. It is proposed that the following approaches be taken in the 1980s: (1) thinking about past successes and using them in the future, (2) treating teachers as thinking beings, (3) emphasizing teaching as a problem-solving skill, (4) emphasizing development of decision-making skills, (5) encouraging an emphasis on linguistic and communicative competency, and (6) working closely with other disciplines. (JB)
Descriptors: Competency Based Teacher Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Humanistic Education, Language Teachers, Models, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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