Training confident primary modern foreign language teachers in England: an investigation into preservice teachers’ perceptions of their subject knowledge


Woodgate-Jones, Alexandra (2008) Training confident primary modern foreign language teachers in England: an investigation into preservice teachers’ perceptions of their subject knowledge. Teaching and Teacher Education, 24, (1), 1-13. (doi:10.1016/j.tate.2006.10.008).

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The National Languages Strategy, published in the UK in 2002 offers all primary school children an entitlement to learn a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) by 2010. The supply of adequately trained teachers is one of the key determinants of the success of this initiative. This paper presents findings from a study involving 18 teacher education institutions offering a primary MFL specialism, focusing particularly on the preservice teachers’ confidence in their own subject knowledge. A compulsory component of the specialism is a month of practicum abroad and this article explores the potential benefits and difficulties associated with this experience, as reported by the preservice teachers through questionnaires and focus groups.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0742-051X (print)
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Keywords: Teacher education; Modern languages; Preservice teachers; Subject knowledge; Foreign languages; Primary education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
ePrint ID: 66824
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:47
Contact Email Address: acwj@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66824

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