The Warner School’s teacher education program in foreign language/Latin prepares individuals for entry-level teaching positions and advanced teacher certification. Graduates of our program become French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Latin teachers who make languages engaging for students.
The need for citizens to be competent in other languages is greater today as globalization, mobility, and communications are bringing the world closer together than ever before. In addition to developing thinking and language skills, learning a foreign language exposes children and adolescents to new ways of looking at the world.
At Warner, we prepare foreign language teachers who find innovative ways to make language meaningful, authentic, and relevant to their students. They have real enthusiasm for and knowledge of the language and culture they are teaching, and they know how to translate that passion to their students. And, they help students discover that learning a foreign language is more than memorizing the words.
Our graduates become teachers who are committed to helping their students understand the larger world and learn about a culture through the lens of another language. They also help students understand global issues related to languages and cultures. These powerful experiences give students the knowledge and skills they need to understand the larger world.
Whether you are interested in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, or Latin, our foreign language education program offers exciting opportunities and flexibility to explore your interests. Through coursework, field experiences, and projects, the program can be tailored to focus on a specific language or multiple languages.
Our program aims to prepare teachers who understand that learning a foreign language includes communicative competence, cultural expertise, and mastery of the structural complexities of a language. Throughout the program, our graduate students deepen their understanding of linguistics, foreign languages, and language acquisition while learning innovative and effective ways to teach it. They become classroom teachers who create curriculum and instruction around authentic materials, contexts, and purposes that engage students in the language and culture while also learning about the world. And, they also bridge planning and teaching strategies with theory and research that supports them, and they are familiar with best practices for teaching a given foreign language.
Social justice is lived out in foreign language classrooms as Warner faculty and graduates are committed to giving all students access to high-quality foreign language education. They understand how to develop appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies for meeting the diverse needs of students from every background. And, they seek out and develop habits of a reflective practitioner and collaborate with other professionals to improve learning opportunities for all students.
Programs preparing entry-level Foreign Language/Latin teachers
(leading to NYS Initial and Professional certification for grades 7-12 plus possible enhancements for inclusion, urban settings, TESOL, teaching the same language in grades 5-9, and teaching another language):