Sheri Spaine Long (Ph.D., UCLA) is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.
“Visions” of K-12 Foreign Language Teacher Recruitment in Higher Education
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2000 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 433–437, July 2000
How to Cite
Long, S. S. (2000), “Visions” of K-12 Foreign Language Teacher Recruitment in Higher Education. Foreign Language Annals, 33: 433–437. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2000.tb00624.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract: This article addresses the role of college and university professors in foreign language teacher recruitment (K-12) and lobbies for increased involvement in recruitment efforts. The discussion includes explanations of why many foreign language professors who are not affiliated with Schools or Colleges of Education frequently do not recommend foreign language teaching careers to their students. Also delineated are the benefits of more participation in recruitment efforts by foreign language professors from traditional, humanities-based departments of foreign languages and literatures. The article concludes with 22 reasons to be a foreign language teacher — a resource for presenting the positive aspects of the foreign language profession to potential foreign language teacher candidates.