Guidelines for the Development of World Language Teachers:
Linguistic and Cultural Competence
Pedagogical Competence
Continuing Professional Development

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Guidelines by Central Jersey World Languages Professional Development Institute 2000.
    Guidelines for the Development of World Language Teachers:
Meeting the Vision of the Standards

The adoption of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for World Languages in 1996 by the New Jersey State Board of Education called for a new vision of the study of world languages in the education of all students K-12. Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century were also published in 1996, recommending well-articulated world language programs K-12. This longer sequence of study requires the restructuring of teacher education programs.

This document, developed by a group of K-16 New Jersey educators, presents guidelines for colleges and universities as they rethink their world language teacher education programs in order to facilitate the implementation of such restructuring.

These guidelines are based on the belief that a portrait of the ideal teacher of world languages should include the following aspects:

  • knowledge of students, language, culture, and language acquisition;
  • dispositions of fairness, caring, reflection and professional growth, and advocacy for world language education;
  • performances of instructional and communication strategies appropriate to a variety of learners and contexts.
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