Franco-American Teachers-in-Training: A Study of Best Practices in Teaching and Studying Abroad

  • Susan Colville-Hall
  • Maria Adamowicz-Hariasz
  • Vladislava Sidorova
  • Tama Engelking
Keywords: Study abroad, Education abroad, Intercultural competence, American pre-service teachers, France

Abstract

This paper presents a study that focuses on American pre-service teachers who taught in France from September to December 2009. The American participants were chosen to compare results with similar programs designed for American students studying abroad. It would be impossible to draw valid and reliable comparisons between the US and French programs because the two exchanges are very different. For future teachers, the intercultural competence they achieve abroad can help prepare them to meet the challenges of the increasingly diverse student population they will encounter in their classrooms when they return home and to be more capable of preparing citizens for the interconnected world of the 21st century.

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Author Biographies

Susan Colville-Hall

Susan Colville-Hall is Professor of Education and Director of the Franco-American Teachers-in-Training Institute at the University of Akron, where she is also responsible for the Teacher Preparation Program for foreign language teacher candidates and advises undergraduates, M.A. candidates and doctoral students. 

Maria Adamowicz-Hariasz

Maria Adamowicz-Hariasz is Associate Professor of French at the University of Akron where she teaches language, culture and literature with focus on Francophone countries. An expert in the French serial novel of the XIXth Century, Dr. Adamowicz-Hariasz has also taught at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. Her teaching interests include theater theory and practice, and multimedia technology for the development of linguistic and cultural competence. 

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Published
2011-08-15
How to Cite
Colville-Hall , S., Adamowicz-Hariasz, M., Sidorova, V., & Engelking, T. (2011). Franco-American Teachers-in-Training: A Study of Best Practices in Teaching and Studying Abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 21(1), 275-288. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v21i1.313
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Research Articles