LOTE TEACHER COMPETENCIES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
In April of 1997, the Texas State Board of Education adopted content and performance standards that describe what students should know and be able to do as they progress in their study of languages. These standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English (TEKS for LOTE), are organized around five Program Goals: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. In order to implement the TEKS for LOTE, teachers should have a thorough familiarity with and an understanding of their content. Their own knowledge and skills will include and exceed those outlined in the TEKS for LOTE and they will use effective teaching practices that clearly address the Program Goals. For example, if students are expected to “communicate in the language” as is stated in the TEKS for LOTE section on Communication, then it follows that teachers will “know the language” themselves and will “understand language pedagogy” as is stated in the Communication Strand of the LOTE Teacher Competencies for Professional Development.
How to Use LOTE Teacher Competencies for Professional Development
LOTE Teacher Competencies for Professional Development is designed for use by teachers, language coordinators, administrators, and/or teacher educators as a personal assessment tool. The document is organized around the same five Program Goals as the TEKS for LOTE. Within each of the five Program Goal areas, Core Knowledges and Sample Practices are described for three different competency levels. The competencies can serve as an initial and ongoing selfassessment of teacher needs for TEKS for LOTE-based professional development and as a basis for planning TEKS for LOTE-based professional development activities. As stated above, the competencies on the following pages describe the Core Knowledges that every teacher of LOTE should have in order to implement the TEKS for LOTE. In addition,...