Culture and the Ethnographic Interview in Foreign Language Teacher Development


  • Linda Quinn Allen

    1. University of Missouri-St. Louis
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      Linda Quinn Allen (Ph.D., Purdue University) is Assistant Professor of French and Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.


ABSTRACT  In order to design and implement foreign language instruction that integrates culture with language, teachers must first have a deep understanding of the target culture and an awareness of their own culturally conditioned and individually formed beliefs, attitudes, and values. This article presents the ethnographic interview as a strategy in foreign language teacher development. Excerpts from preservice teachers' reports on an ethnographic interview assignment provide evidence that the process of conducting the interview facilitates the development of the requisite understanding and awareness.