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Understanding the Image of FL Teachers Through Visual Tales

The Professional Development of Prospective teachers of French as a Foreign Language

Silvia Maria Melo Pfeifer    Universität Hamburg, Deutschland    



Teachers’ representations are of paramount importance to understand their situated professional action. Following a discussion of the concept of “representation” and its importance in foreign language education, a revision of the use of visual narratives in this disciplinary field will be presented, focusing on: i) (prospective) foreign language teachers’ representations concerning the target language; ii) their representations regarding teaching and learning methods; iii) teachers’ professional development. Afterwards, an empirical study using visual methods in initial teacher education, before and after a school professional internship, will be presented and discussed, illustrating the professional development of prospective teachers of French.

June 4, 2020
Feb. 14, 2020
Nov. 25, 2019

Keywords: Social representationsSocial representations and teacher educationForeign language teachers

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