ERIC Number: ED391388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Taking the Foreign Out of Foreign Languages for Pre-Professional Students.
Angelini, Eileen M.
One college language teacher recounts her personal experience of the transition from graduate student in French studies to the only full-time language faculty member at a small pre-professional college, focusing on the ways in which she was underprepared for the work expected of her. Despite substantial language teacher training and experience abroad, her qualifications did not match the needs of professionally-oriented students. Difficulties encountered in meeting those needs and expectations include: lack of student motivation to study beyond the language requirement; having to develop a foreign language program from the ground up in an organization unfamiliar with language education; and the time taken from progress toward personal professional goals to meet immediate curriculum development needs. Factors supporting success in this endeavor include: administration acknowledgement of the need for professional support; the assistance of mentors in the language teaching profession; scheduling designed to promote communication among faculty; availability of professional resources for curriculum development; and innovative teaching techniques. Ongoing improvements include further development of college instructional resources and extension of program offerings to include a foreign language minor. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (Chicago, IL, 1995).