Classroom Management for Teachers of Japanese and Other Foreign Languages


  • Elaine K. Horwitz

    1. University of Texas at Austin
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      Elaine K. Horwitz (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of the Graduate Program in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas.


Abstract: This article describes the classroom management component of the Professional Development of Japanese Teachers of Texas (PDJT), a certification program for teachers of Japanese. In addition, it offers suggestions in classroom management for teachers of Japanese and other foreign languages as well as guidance for teacher trainers to help new teachers develop classroom management skills. Although a classroom management class is required for teacher certification, a generic course would not have met the needs of these teachers. The course needed to build on the maturity, classroom experience, and cultural orientation of the participants. Class time utilized many small-group activities based on the participants' classroom experiences and emphasized the realities of American classrooms. This approach can serve as a model for training programs serving varied groups of teacher-certification candidates.