ERIC Number: ED161253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Quality and Relevance in Teacher Education. Responding to New Realities. ACTFL Review of Foreign Language Education, Vol. 5.
De Lorenzo, William E.
Achievement and maintenance of high quality, relevant teacher education are two of the foreign language teaching profession's most pressing problems. Several of the responsibilities that the profession must assume in order to deal with these problems are improving the esteem for the profession, identifying professional commitment, controlling admission to teacher education programs, post-admission monitoring, commitment to professional growth and improvement, and developing exemplary teacher training programs. A number of activities can be conducted to enhance the profession's public image: (1) a language exposition that features student-made projects; (2) a foreign language student day that includes poetry, skits, and dances; (3) an international banquet; and (4) a foreign language visitation program. Teachers should be exposed to supervised observations, tutoring, teacher aides, summer camps, and community recreation centers. High standards for entry into teacher education programs should be preserved by screening that includes personal interviews; letters of support from previous instructors, employers, and other qualified persons; and a proficiency test in the content area. Performance-based teacher education programs and inservice programs that involve extensive participant planning are suggested. Teacher training programs should incorporate innovative strategies that are flexible, individualized, humanized, interdisciplinary, and performance-based. (SW)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Competency Based Teacher Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Language Attitudes, Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Professional Training, Public Relations, School Community Relationship, Second Language Learning, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Responsibility
Not Available Separately; See FL 009 607
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.