How foreign language teachers in Georgia evaluate their professional preparation: Call for action

Thomas C. Cooper, Joan Kelly Hall, Anne Hawkins, Richard A. LaFleur, Brigitte Rossbacher, Carmen Chaves Tesser, Joel C. Walz, Melissa Young

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The purpose of this article is to report on a collaborative project among members of colleges of education, colleges of arts and sciences, and high school foreign language departments. The project involved conducting an online survey of 341 current foreign language teachers in Georgia in order to determine how these K-12 teachers perceived and evaluated the ffectiveness of their professional preparation. Close to 60% of the teachers in the sample were graduates of colleges and universities in Georgia. Most of the others had received their trainingfrom various other colleges and universities in the United States, and 51 individuals reported that they had graduated from foreign institutions. The survey consisted of 42 questions asking teachers to evaluate their ' preparation in language skills, knowledge of foreign language standards, planning for instruction, methodology, using technology in instruction, meeting the needs of socially and economically diverse students, classroom management skills, and professional growth. The survey results strongly suggest that foreign language teacher development programs should include (1) more.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-48
Number of pages12
JournalForeign Language Annals
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Linguistics and Language


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