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Fischer, Gerhard – Modern Language Journal, 2013
In this article the author asserts that learning is about personal growth and enrichment, and at its core it is not about career determinations. Good teachers nurture their students; they encourage them to pursue their dreams, and they find ways to stimulate curiosity and dedication to lifelong learning. They do not become teachers because of…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Individual Development, Teacher Student Relationship, Career Choice
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Tedick, Diane J. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
In her paper, Burke questions whether top-down proficiency mandates will positively impact teacher practice. Her main argument is the following: The requirement that foreign language (FL) teachers demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency does not guarantee that they will be more effective K-12 FL teachers; on this point, the author agrees with…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs
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Burke, Brigid M. – Modern Language Journal, 2013
Brigid Burke is the program coordinator of World Language Education at her university, which is housed in the College of Education and Human Development. Since obtaining this position 4 years ago, she has become most concerned about certain recommendations that were made by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in 2002,…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teacher Certification
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Schulz, Renate A. – Modern Language Journal, 1986
A review of research on foreign language proficiency, constraints of language learning, and constraints of the learner suggests that current oral language proficiency standards and tests are more helpful in evaluating the effectiveness of a foreign language program than in evaluating the achievement of individual students. (CB)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Development, Language Proficiency, Language Skills
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Chalhoub-Deville, Micheline; Fulcher, Glenn – Foreign Language Annals, 2003
Many researchers and practitioners maintain that ACTFL's efforts to improve instructional practices and promote proficiency assessments tied to descriptors of what learners can do in real life have contributed significantly to second language teaching and testing. Similar endeavors in the area of research, however, are critically needed. Focusing…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction