The world language teacher shortage: Taking a new direction

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Foreign Language Annals, ISSN: 1944-9720, Vol: 51, Issue: 1, Page: 251-262

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Swanson, Peter; Mason, Shannon
Social Sciences; advocacy; policy; foreign language teacher preparation; second language teacher preparation; teacher development; Arts and Humanities; Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures
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Since the end of World War II, international leaders have made calls addressing the world language teacher shortage. For almost 70 years, such rhetoric has been advanced, yet world language teacher shortages remain in many countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In this article, the authors discuss the past and current state of affairs of the shortage before advancing ideas for language teacher recruitment and retention to which a variety of stakeholders (e.g., parents, administrators, language teacher associations) can contribute immediately in order to address the world language teacher shortage in earnest.