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Peter Swanson


Ph.D., University of Wyoming


Foreign Language Education


Dr. Pete Swanson is a 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.



Swanson, P., & Hildebrandt, S. (Eds.) (2018). Researching edTPA problems and promises: Perspectives from ESOL, English, and WL teacher education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

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


Swanson, P., & Mason, S. (2018). The world language teacher shortage: Taking a new direction. Foreign Language Annals, 51(1), 251-262.

Swanson, P. (2017). The future of k-12 teacher education: Spanish and Portuguese. Hispania, 100(5), 261-267.

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.