Lynn Pearson (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Advanced Proficiency for Foreign Language Teacher Candidates: What Can We Do to Help Them Achieve This Goal?
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2006 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 507–519, October 2006
How to Cite
Pearson, L., Fonseca-Greber, B. and Foell, K. (2006), Advanced Proficiency for Foreign Language Teacher Candidates: What Can We Do to Help Them Achieve This Goal?. Foreign Language Annals, 39: 507–519. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2006.tb02902.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Advanced proficiency;
- foreign language teacher preparation;
- national standards;
ABSTRACT: This article examines various issues related to the development of advanced proficiency by foreign language teacher candidates with the goal of providing information and strategies for teacher educators and administrators at the university level. Recent changes in the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) requirements stipulate that foreign language teacher candidates in specific languages (e.g., French, German, Spanish) must achieve the Advanced-Low rating on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)/Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). The article includes descriptions of language proficiency required for foreign language teaching and assessments; a survey of curricula and institutional resources for foreign language education at the university level, which support the development of advanced proficiency; and recommendations for facilitating Advanced language proficiency by foreign language teacher candidates.