Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Editor's Message

Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Editor's Message

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Reading the articles in this special issue of Foreign Language Annals guest edited by Professor Dan Davidson of American Councils and Bryn Mawr College, inspires reflection and a desire for more research on the value of study abroad not only on the individual learner but for the development of foreign language teachers as well. The importance of living and studying in the target-language country is a shared assumption of the faculty and students in most colleges and universities that develop foreign language teachers. Surprisingly, we still have too few studies that investigate the influence of study abroad on both the development of teachers' pedagogical content knowledge as well as the outcomes it produces in their students. As a profession we tend to intuit the benefits that teachers' experiences abroad will have on their teaching, but can we prove it? I am sure this issue will inspire further scholarship on how study abroad affects the quality of foreign language teachers' instruction.

Professionally we share the conviction that study abroad is fundamental to the development of foreign language teachers' competencies, to the point that many universities, colleges, and states mandate that preservice teachers study at least a semester abroad in order to qualify to be a novice teacher or graduate with a language degree. …

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