ERIC Number: ED352835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-25
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Elementary School Foreign Language Teacher Education, 1989-1992. Final Report.
The Center for Applied Linguistics and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction conducted a 3-year teacher training project that aimed to improve the training of elementary school foreign language teachers at institutions of higher education. The components of the training model were based on the principle that, in order to be successful, teacher trainers will have experience observing and teaching at the level for which they will be training others. The training model paired North Carolina teacher trainers with experienced elementary school teachers who served as their mentors. The teacher trainers participated in the following activities: (1) an intensive 4-day seminar on elementary school foreign language methodology; (2) observations of their partners' elementary school language classes; (3) teaching of their partners' elementary school classes; (4) collaboration with the elementary school language teachers in the development of a teacher education curriculum; and (5) peer coaching with a new group of teacher trainers. The teacher educator incorporated the new curriculum and methodologies into their universities' curricula and provided elementary school language instruction to undergraduate foreign language students preparing to become teachers. Project results included an improved ability of teacher educators to train future teachers, increased collaboration between teacher educators and practicing teachers, a statewide capacity to expand professional development opportunities, and a teacher education curriculum. The curriculum, "Elementary School (K-8) Foreign Language Teacher Education Curriculum," is being used throughout North Carolina as well as in other states and foreign countries. The curriculum is appended, as well as a project evaluation report, three seminar agendas, and an extensive set of project evaluation survey responses from seminar participants. (LB)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, College Second Language Programs, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, FLES, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Language Teachers, Mentors, Models, Peer Evaluation, Professional Development, Second Language Instruction, State Programs, Teacher Education, Teacher Educator Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina