ERIC Number: ED468308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Envisioning a Standards-Based Methods Course: Preparing Second Language Educators for the 21st Century.
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v5 n1 p23-37 spec iss Fall 2000
This paper envisions what a standards-based second language methods course might look like. In exploring the possibilities, the paper describes a current model for preservice training, generalizations gleaned from a study of a second language methods syllabi archive, and an analysis of and reflection upon a particular second language methods course. In examining the syllabus, the paper uses three types of instruments (a reflective self-evaluation of the course, a course alignment grid, and comments from student evaluations of the course over 5 years). Examination of the syllabus provides insights into the ways methods classes must adapt to provide preservice experiences that promote the required knowledge base, skills, and characteristics of second language teachers. The paper concludes with suggestions for preservice training for second language educators. Charts of standards assessed by the various class sessions are included. An appendix presents a list of 10 standards for competent foreign language teachers. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings for the Texas Foreign Language [Education] Conference (Austin, Texas, March 31-April 1, 2000); see FL 027 384.