ERIC Number: EJ741808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 60
Behaviors and Attitudes of Effective Foreign Language Teachers: Results of a Questionnaire Study
Bell, Teresa R.
Foreign Language Annals, v38 n2 p259-270 Sum 2005
This article reports on a study of teacher perceptions concerning teaching behaviors and attitudes that contribute to effective foreign language teaching and learning. The data were collected by means of a questionnaire to which 457 postsecondary foreign language teachers of French, German, and Spanish who are members of ACTFL responded. Based on current research on second language acquisition (SLA), various teaching behaviors and attitudes of effective foreign language teachers were identified for inclusion on the questionnaire. The results indicate an emerging professional consensus regarding a number of teacher behaviors and attitudes related to foreign language teaching. The more that is known about teacher beliefs, the more likely the profession will be to create models for foreign language teacher preparation and evaluation that reflect relevant behaviors and attitudes of foreign language teaching. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Language Teachers, Questionnaires, Second Language Learning, Teacher Attitudes, French, German, Spanish, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education, Higher Education, Teacher Behavior, Language Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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