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), pp. 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
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.tate.2006.10.008
ISSNs: 0742-051X (print)
Keywords: Teacher education, Modern languages, Preservice teachers, Subject knowledge, Foreign languages, Primary education
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ePrint ID: 66824
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2008Published
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 21:29
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66824

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