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Evolving notions of literacy-based foreign language teaching: A qualitative study of graduate student instructors

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Title:Evolving notions of literacy-based foreign language teaching: A qualitative study of graduate student instructors
Authors:Willis Allen, Heather
Dupuy, Beatrice
Date Issued:01 Jan 2011
Publisher:Heinle Cengage Learning
Citation:Willis Allen, H., Dupuy, B. (2011). Evolving notions of literacy-based foreign language teaching: A qualitative study of graduate student instructors. The American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Languages Programs (AAUSC), 171-191. http://hdl.handle.net/102015/69702
Abstract:The effectiveness of professional development for future foreign language (FL)
professors is more salient than ever, given the significant role played by graduate
student instructors (GSIs) in undergraduate education and recent calls for change
in the collegiate FL curriculum requiring sophisticated understandings of integrating
the teaching of language, literature, and culture.
Taking a sociocultural theory perspective, this chapter reports on a study of
five FL GSIs’ experiences learning to teach that sought to determine how participation
in an advanced pedagogy seminar influenced GSIs’ notions of literacy as
a framing construct for collegiate FL curricula. Findings showed that through
involvement in the seminar, participants progressed toward a more theoretically
based definition of literacy and an awareness of its cognitive and sociocultural
dimensions. However, after the seminar, not all participants demonstrated alignment
in constructing their teaching practices through conceptual and pedagogical
tools of literacy.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/69702
Volume:2011
Appears in Collections: 2011 EDUCATING THE FUTURE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFESSORATE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY


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