Longtime passing: where does the time for preparing language teachers go?

Lesley Harbon, Andrew Scrimgeour, Ruth Fielding, Robyn Moloney, Michelle Kohler, Ann Dashwood, Margaret Gearon

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    As we are reminded by Stracke, Houston, Maclean and Scott (2011), a long time has passed since the many reviews and reports on language teacher education in Australia began to appear. As language teacher educators who seek to ground our current work in a historical narrative, we well remember the images of language teachers standing at the “crossroads” (Nicholas et al., 1996) and being portrayed as the “pivot of policy” (ALLC, 1996). Many of us still believe that the field of language teacher education is fragile and in need of much government attention if our upcoming Australian Curriculum Languages is to achieve its ambitious goals for student language learning in Australian schools.

    This panel brings together language teacher educators from four Australian states and allows them to discuss the short time they have to spend on language teacher preparation along with key issues they perceive to be impacting the design and implementation of language teacher education for their contexts.
    Issues include (i) the increasing policy and regulations impacting our program design, (ii) the crowded curriculum, (iii) preparing native speakers for the Australian classroom, (iv) the importance of the incountry experience, (v) developing a language-specific and generic stance, (vi) demands on the pre-service teachers regarding proficiency levels and pedagogical understandings, and (vii) the special considerations in preparing teachers for community languages schools. The panels’ views on the importance of collaboration across the arts/education divide will also be discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Next Step: Introducing the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities
    Subtitle of host publicationSelected Proceedings of the Inaugural LCNAU Colloquium
    Place of PublicationSydney NSW Australia
    PublisherOffice for Learning and Teaching Department of Education
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventLanguages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities Colloquium 2011 - The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 26 Sept 201128 Sept 2011


    ConferenceLanguages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities Colloquium 2011

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