In episode 118, Shannon Mason interviews Pete Swanson about the language teacher shortage and how recruitment and retention efforts may help address the issue. Shannon and Pete are two of the leading scholars researching the issue, and the show notes link to a bit of additional research so listeners can follow up after hearing the episode.
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Dr. Pete Swanson is a former ACTFL President and current Spanish Instructor at the United States Air Force Academy. You can reach out to him on Twitter @Prof_PSwanson.
Resources related to this episode…
…Learn about ACTFL’s Educators Rising Initiative
…Check out this moment we curated about the language teacher shortage crisis
…Here is a video from Sarah Breckley that talks about why we aren’t retaining good teachers. (It’s extremely good.) http://sarahbreckley.com/the-shortage-whats-wrong-with-teachers/
…If you want to explore the benefits of language learning as part of your advocacy, check out episode 50 all about what people learn when they learn a language
And a few scholarly articles from our guests…
…The World Language Teacher Shortage: Taking a New Direction by Peter Swanson and Shannon Mason
…Building bridges across institutions to recruit, educate and retain excellent language educators by Peter Swanson and Manuela Wagner (who has been a guest on episode 27)
If you want to cite this episode, our suggested APA reference is:
Johnson, S.M. (Producer), & Mason, S (Interviewer). (2019). We Teach Languages Episode 118: Language Teacher Recruitment and Retention with Pete Swanson [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://weteachlang.com/2019/10/04/118-with-pete-swanson