Coming to Grips with The Culture: Another Use of Dialogue Journals in Teacher Education
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1995 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 193–207, May 1995
How to Cite
Bacon, S. M. (1995), Coming to Grips with The Culture: Another Use of Dialogue Journals in Teacher Education. Foreign Language Annals, 28: 193–207. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1995.tb00785.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
1The Ohio State University is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
ABSTRACT The article describes using dialogue journals as part of a teaching-methods course in a summer program in Spain. Participants were teachers of Spanish with a range of experience and language proficiency. The dialogue journal-writing activity complemented class discussion and research into cultural phenomena. During the course, participants recorded their impressions of and adjustment to Spanish culture. The instructor responded to entries by encouraging writers to clarify and expand ideas. Journal writing appeared to help participants put experiences into an appropriate perspective, thus giving them insight into how to represent Spanish culture to their American students. The article describes the program, course, and journals. The author suggests that this kind of process writing has use in other phases of teacher education.