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Peter Swanson


Ph.D., University of Wyoming


Foreign Language Education


Dr. Pete Swanson is Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education, and he serves as the Coordinator of the Foreign Language Teacher Education programs for the Department of World Languages and Cultures. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on communicative approaches to  teaching foreign languages, foundations of second language acquisition, research methods in foreign / second language education, and technology integration. His research focuses on language teacher practices and characteristics, and he is the author of four books and several dozen articles and book chapters. His latest book focuses on the beginning teacher performance assessment, edTPA. This year Dr. Swanson serves as President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, an international organization with more than 12,500 members in 39 countries.



Hildebrandt, S., & Swanson, P. (2016). Understanding the world language edTPA: Research-based policy and practice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.


Swanson, P. (2015). Spanish teachers’ communication competence as it relates to student performance on the National Spanish Exams. Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, 12(2), 149-168.

Swanson, P. (2015). Those were some of the hottest days of my life: The genesis of SCOLT. Dimension, 11-25.