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ERIC Number: EJ863477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Preservice Language Teacher Education: Growth and Development through the Professional Standards
Moloney, Robyn
Babel, v44 n1 p16-19 Nov 2009
Preservice student teachers are engaged in developing a critical perspective on the profession they are about to join. They are assessing the way the profession presents itself and its values, they are keen to see the opportunities it may offer for growth, and they are curious as to how their particular personal backgrounds and talents will fit into this new context. While the Professional Standards Project Languages (PSP) is conceptualised for practising teachers, the author has successfully embedded aspects of the PSP in her methodology courses for preservice language teachers in the Teacher Education Program in the Department of Education at Macquarie University. The learning outcomes achieved by her 2009 students through the use of the "Professional standards for accomplished teaching of languages and cultures" (hereafter "the Standards"), the language-specific annotations, and the published PSP module materials, demonstrate that they are important tools for developing skills and understandings in preservice language teacher education. The structured discussion of "the Standards" has been a catalyst for self-reflection and for identifying areas for development in the author's preservice students. In this article, the author provides some general comments from her students that illustrate the value of the PSP to her students in terms of their emerging professional identity.
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia