ERIC Number: EJ1093832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Responding to the Call: Developing and Assessing Pedagogical Spanish Competencies in Bilingual Teacher Education
Aquino-Sterling, Cristian R.
Bilingual Research Journal, v39 n1 p50-68 2016
Bilingual teacher education scholars continue to advocate for the improvement of Spanish language-related teacher preparation practices. However, the field is in need of research on how bilingual teacher educators across the U.S. are addressing this task in their work with future teachers. In responding to this call, I describe an approach and an activity for developing and assessing what I denote as the "pedagogical Spanish" competencies of prospective bilingual teachers. After emphasizing the value of content-based and task-based strategies for developing professionally relevant Spanish competencies, I provide an assessment of the "teaching-specific" oral language performance of two future bilingual teachers. To conclude, I identify implications for curriculum design and classroom practice, and invite scholars to participate in the formation of the "Language in Teacher Education Research Network" (LANTERN), a collaborative aimed at conducting systematic research on best practices for developing and assessing/evaluating language competencies in (bilingual) teacher education.
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Teacher Education, Spanish, Bilingual Teachers, Language Proficiency, Teacher Educators, Teaching Methods, Course Content, Oral Language, Curriculum Design, Classroom Techniques, Best Practices, Language Arts, Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Native Speakers, Cultural Background, Teacher Characteristics, Online Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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