FLL Philosophy of Foreign Language Education

Departmental Philosophy

FLL Philosophy of Foreign Language Education

The preparation of foreign language teachers involves the development of both foreign language and pedagogical knowledge and skills, a balance of theoretical training and clinical experience, and the nurturing of a reflective process that allows candidates to appreciate and understand the complex relationship between student and teacher. The elements of each of these three apparent dichotomies -- content area/pedagogy, theory/practice, and student/teacher -- are not diametrical, but rather are in each case the interweaving of parts of a whole. Candidates must experience, appreciate, and cultivate the interconnectedness of content area knowledge with pedagogical knowledge, of theory with practice, and of the role of the student with that of the teacher.

Your preparation to teach a foreign language entails the following:

Foreign Language Education Programs at UD: