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GIST Education and Learning Research Journal, v4 p107-126 Nov 2010

This article documents the development of foreign language (FL) teacher standards in Uruguay. It begins by discussing what it means to be a teacher, what standards are and are not, and how they can be helpful or misused in teacher development. In the proposal, a distinction is made between teacher preparation programs that are course-based and those that are standards-based, where standards cross particular course boundaries. Finally, the collaborative process used to develop the standards for the situation in Uruguay is described, which was based, fundamentally, on the TESOL p-12 ESL Teacher Preparation Standards.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Education Programs, English (Second Language), Performance, National Standards, Academic Standards, Scoring Rubrics, Educational Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Elementary Secondary Education

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Author: Kuhlman, Natalie A.


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