ERIC Number: ED139234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Language Teachers' Attitudes: A Strategy for Exploration and Change.
Reynolds, Sue; De Garcia, Rebecca
Perhaps the main forum for disseminating information about new techniques and materials to language teachers is the professional development workshop. Such workshops often proceed along similar lines: local teachers are brought together and a consultant is brought in to describe and illustrate a particular subject, with the expectation that teachers will incorporate the new technique into their programs. Ambivalent teacher reactions to such workshops may be due to the fact that values clarification has been a neglected dimension of professional development. This paper presents a foreign language attitude survey initially developed for use in the Metro Nashville Public School System. It was developed to help teachers explore their attitudes and assumptions concerning foreign language learning and teaching, and covers such topics as philosophy of language teaching, techniques, innovations, and learning behavior. It can be used as the starting point for a discussion. On the basis of their responses, teachers can tally their answers by means of a scale to determine whether their approach is predominantly traditional (grammar-translation), audio-lingual, or communicative. (Author/CLK)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Methods, Communication (Thought Transfer), Inservice Teacher Education, Language Attitudes, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods, Values
Not available separately; see FL 008 033
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Conference on Language Teaching, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (11th, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1975)