Qualifying foreign language teachers: Is teacher training enough?
International Journal of Educational Research Volume 82, Number 1, ISSN 0883-0355 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This study examined emerging and experienced foreign language teachers’ sense of preparedness for teaching their subject in alignment with curricular intentions. A mixed-methods approach was adopted, in which semi-structured interviews preceded the distribution of a survey questionnaire. The findings revealed that the teachers felt relatively well prepared, and that their perception of solid competence stemmed from a combination of university studies, teacher experience and stays abroad. The latter factor proved especially important for oral skills and everyday culture – components which seemed insufficiently covered in academic studies. The article concludes with a discussion of issues that need to be addressed in order to develop language teacher education programs that are fully in line with the needs of society, schools and students.
Vold, E.T. (2017). Qualifying foreign language teachers: Is teacher training enough?. International Journal of Educational Research, 82(1), 40-53. Elsevier Ltd.