ERIC Number: ED238285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Proficiency-Based Foreign Language Teacher Certification: The Texas Project.
A federally-funded three-year project is described that was undertaken by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages to train a group of Texas-based college level foreign language educators in French, German, and Spanish to serve as oral proficiency interviewers and evaluators of all applicants for a Texas state teaching certificate in foreign language education beginning in 1986. The project came about as the state was redefining the desired secondary school proficiency levels in 12 curriculum areas and mandating a field-specific proficiency-based exit examination for teacher education programs in the state. The four primary goals of the project are to: (1) familiarize foreign language teachers and students with the upcoming state-mandated changes in certification and in graduation requirements for both teachers and high school students; (2) train adequate numbers of oral proficiency interviewers in the three languages; (3) pilot test, with volunteers, entering and graduating teacher education majors in the three languages to establish their oral proficiency levels; and (4) provide legislators and other state officials with information on which to base state standards. (MSE)
Descriptors: Competency Based Teacher Education, Federal Aid, French, German, Higher Education, Interviews, Language Teachers, Policy Formation, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, Questioning Techniques, Second Language Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Spanish, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Teacher Certification, Teacher Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Langs; Oral Proficiency Testing; Texas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (100th, New York, NY, December 27-30, 1983).