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Foreign Language Teacher Education Program

The Foreign Language Teacher Education Program at Stony Brook University is an integral part of the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies and serves students in that department, in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, and in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature. 

The program coordinates the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students to become teachers of  French, German, Italian and Spanish at the middle and secondary school levels. It also coordinates the preparation of undergraduate students to become teachers of  Chinese, Japanese and Korean at the same levels. Students in this program take content courses in the language, literatures, and cultures of their field as well as pedagogy courses tailored to the preparation of future Foreign Language teachers. Practical experience is gained through observations in schools around the region and through a semester of mentored student teaching at the middle and high school levels.

The program prides itself on providing students with the opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of the language(s), literatures, and cultures which they are preparing to teach. Possibilities for study abroad are plentiful at Stony Brook, as are opportunities to take language courses taught by experts in their fields.  Students are also afforded the chance to interact with native speakers of the languages they are studying at Stony Brook because of the University's diverse student body, thus enhancing their linguistic skills and cultural knowledge. In addition, the program maintains close ties with the Language Learning and Research Center, a state-of-the-art multimedia learning center, which helps students meet the challenge of integrating technology with the teaching of Foreign languages. Students may choose to take a course in media for Foreign Language teaching offered in the LLRC as well.

A further mission of the Foreign Languages Teacher Education Program is to provide on-going training for practitioners in the field. By offering workshops, seminars and courses for Foreign Language teachers, this program aims to strengthen our ties to the professional community and to meet the needs of all of our students: past, present, and future.

For a comprehensive look at the guiding philosophies and logistics of Stony Brook's teacher education programs, read our Guide to Teacher Education.

Contact Information

Sarah Jourdain, PhD
Director, Foreign Languages Teacher Education Program
Humanities 1055
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5359
Phone: (631) 632-7440
Fax: (631) 632-9612

Undergraduate Chinese, Japanese and Korean
Jiwon Hwang, PhD

Undergraduate and Graduate French 
Franck Dalmas, PhD

Undergraduate and Graduate Italian
Irene Marchegiani, PhD 

Joseph Pierce, PhD 

Aurélie Vialette, PhD