ERIC Number: ED458810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Professionalizing Foreign Language Teaching in a Research Department.
de la Fuente, Maria J.
This paper reports on a 2-year project carried out in a foreign language department at a research institution in the United States that intended to professionalize the language teaching faculty. A change in the university's core curriculum resulted in the implementation of the foreign language requirement for undergraduate students. This led to a growing demand for foreign language instruction, especially in Spanish. With this demand came the need to radically change the nature of the culture and literature-oriented research department and to redefine and restructure the department to meet the need for this increased instruction. The paper describes how the department and the faculty evolved as a result of the university's changing needs. It began with a few untrained teaching assistants and a few unqualified language speakers, hired on the basis of need, and evolved into a more professional language teaching track. The roles played by the different stakeholders are described. Major accomplishments of this transformation are presented, and the problems of this professionalization option are pointed out. Numerous data-rich tables detailing the issues and changes in the department are appended. (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Teacher Education (2nd, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-19, 2001).