Social capital: A vital ingredient for retaining foreign language teachers

Want to know why many Languages teachers choose to stay in their jobs while others vote with their feet? Co-authors Shannon Mason and Cristina Poyatos Matas reveal six key findings from research conducted in 2012 concerning the retention and attrition of Languages teachers in schools and the important role that professional teacher associations play in providing social capital and professional pathways.

“Administrators and employees need to recognise the complex nature of foreign language education, and work to build more positive school cultures and equitable working conditions for teachers. Neglecting to address these problems compromises foreign language teachers’ access to social capital, which in turn plays a vital role in teacher retention, as well as their professional growth.”

Mason,S & Poyatos Matas, C (2016, p. 13)

This article has been published in Asia-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education (DOI: 10.1186/s40862-016-0008-5) and can be accessed through the following link:

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