"A teacher reveals a path for footprints of the future."
-Dauna Easly, Teachers Touch Eternity
Language is at the center of everything we do, allowing us to define and understand ourselves and our surrounding environment. Teaching and learning languages other than our native language opens new horizons and learning possibilities.
The purpose of the Foreign Language Teacher Education program at Ball State University is to bring the world to our students and prepare our students for the world. In an increasingly diverse and international global system, the ability to communicate in multiple languages is a valuable and necessary attribute. Ball State University offers teaching majors in Chinese, German, French, Japaneses, Latin and Spanish. The teacher education program provides students with numerous opportunities to learn about a language and culture while simultaneously developing skills and abilities related to teaching. All of the on-campus and off-campus activities are designed to prepare future foreign language teachers in terms of content, pedagogy, technology use, and classroom management.
Combine your interests by learning how to teach a language...
To become a language teacher, you need to enhance and improve your language competency and acquire teaching skills. Our program will prepare you for a language teaching career by focusing on three essential areas:
1. Technology: You will learn how to use technology in your teaching and to enhance your students' learning experience. Students are exposed to and learn about cutting edge technologies such as: website development, computer assisted language learning, and digital audio and video. You will use technology in each of your courses (internet technology is an integral part of our program); therefore, we require you to have a laptop (laptops are utilized in nearly every education class, in order to prepare tomorrow's teachers to teach with technology).
2. Culture: Learning a language is the first step in communicating with people of another culture--but it is only the first step. An understanding of and genuine appreciation for other people grows out of an understanding of the differences and commonalities you share. It is important, then, to learn about others' social conventions and etiquette; political and economic issues; literature; values; religions; etc.
As a student you will form a connection with the culture you study, and later, as a teacher, you will seek to convey that sense of connection to your own students in hopes of instilling in them a similar appreciation. Your course work and study abroad experiences will prove valuable as you learn to love the language and culture you study.
Teacher candidates have the opportunity to improve their language skills through an intensive immersion experience. Study abroad opportunities are available in France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Italy, and many other countries.
3. Classroom experience: Traditionally, students preparing to be teachers have little practical classroom experience before beginning formal class observations and student teaching in their senior year. This allows little time for the transition from student to teacher.
We believe that it is important to get you into a teaching environment as early in your program as possible to build experience and familiarity in teaching environments and with classroom dynamics. This will increase your confidence and better prepare you to enter the classroom as you begin your teaching career after graduation.
With this in mind, we are developing a system to allow you to begin participating in class observations, conducting teacher interviews, and listening to guest speakers during your sophomore year.
We offer majors, minors, and endorsements in language teaching.
If you want to truly make a difference, become a teacher.
For more information on becoming a language teacher contact:
Dr. Chris Luke
Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education
Department of Modern Languages and Classics
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