Exploring Foreign Language Pre-service teacher Beliefs: An International Exchange Experience
Keywords:International Consortium, Educational Abroad, Korea
This article explores the beliefs of two groups of students who teach and learn foreign languages at two major universities in Argentina and the USA. Specifically, it discusses how their prior beliefs and experiences shaped their teaching selves, and assesses the extent to which an international exchange experience about perceptions of foreign language teaching impacted their current beliefs. It is our contention that beliefs are "deeply personal and rooted in the culture and norms held by individuals and society" (Tatto & Coupland, 2003). However, this study has shown that pre-service teacher beliefs were fairly similar across languages and cultures. The article concludes with a set of practical implications for teacher education programs.
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