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Caicedo Pereira, Martin Javier; Lozano Bermúdez, Jhonny Alexander; Vanegas Medina, Luis Alfonso – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2018
This action research study examines the effect of self-evaluation on grammatical range and grammar accuracy on the English speaking performance of 27 foreign language university and pre-university students enrolled in three different language centers, in three different cities in Colombia. Participants were asked to record themselves answering…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Accuracy, Benchmarking, Grammar
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Reyes-Cruz, Maria del Rosario; Murrieta-Loyo, Griselda; Perales-Escudero, Moisés Damián – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2018
This paper examines the research self-efficacy beliefs, research motivation, and perceptions of research importance and research obstacles of 100 professors and lecturers of foreign languages at three Mexican universities. Survey results show that faculty hold moderate to high research self-efficacy beliefs, are highly motivated to conduct…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Velázquez, Virna; Garcia-Ponce, Edgar Emmanuell – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2018
The present article reports on a study that set out to investigate the effectiveness of strategies and decisions formulated in foreign language planning to ensure learners' language achievement in a higher education context which trains learners to become English or French teachers or translators. By drawing on data collected from simulated…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Translation, Teacher Education Programs
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Firat, Mehmet; Serpil, Harun – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
Teachers play a crucial role in helping individuals gain adequate Internet competency, which requires teachers themselves to be Internet-literate. The purpose of this study is to investigate the Internet use of the distance and on-campus pre-service teachers of language and other disciplines by multiple parameters. A total of 789 teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Herrera Díaz, Luz Edith; González Miy, Darlene – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
Over the last decade, the community of inquiry framework has proved successful for online learning experiences in diverse disciplines, although studies in the teaching of English as a foreign language arena are still scarce. In this vein, this article reports a preliminary study about the development of the oral skill in a Basic English online…
Descriptors: Oral Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Guapacha Chamorro, Maria Eugenia; Benavidez Paz, Luis Humberto – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
This paper reports an action-research study on language learning strategies in tertiary education at a Colombian university. The study aimed at improving the English language performance and language learning strategies use of 33 first-year pre-service language teachers by combining elements from two models: the cognitive academic language…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Grammar, Vocabulary Development
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Rojas Serrano, Javier – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
In a Colombian private English institution, a qualitative evaluation system has been incorporated. This type of evaluation poses challenges to students who have never been evaluated through a system that eliminates exams or quizzes and, as a consequence, these students have to start making sense of it. This study explores the way students face the…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Qualitative Research, Evaluation Methods, Student Experience
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Amengual-Pizarro, Marian; García-Laborda, Jesús – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
This study examines test-takers' views on a computer-delivered speaking test in order to investigate the aspects they consider most relevant in technology-based oral assessment, and to explore the main advantages and disadvantages computer-based tests may offer as compared to face-to-face speaking tests. A small-scale open questionnaire was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation
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Hmidani, Thana – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
This study took place at a medical college with 57 Arabic first-year students taking an intensive English course. The aim was to address the problems that learners experience when using the English tenses properly. The didactic model was developed and implemented in the study group only (27 students). Pre-, mid-, and post-tests were administered…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Medical Schools
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Palacio, Marcela; Gaviria, Sandra; Brown, James Dean – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
Frustrations with traditional testing led a group of teachers at the English for adults program at Universidad EAFIT (Colombia) to design tests aligned with the institutional teaching philosophy and classroom practices. This article reports on a study of an item-by-item evaluation of a series of English exams for validity and reliability in an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Buendía Arias, Ximena Paola – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2015
This research seeks to gain deeper understanding of learner autonomy in English as a Foreign Language students from different cultures through the identification and analysis of similarities and differences between Chinese and Colombian students from two public universities: Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China and Universidad Surcolombiana…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Asians
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Mugford, Gerrard; Cuevas, Oscar Ramírez – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2015
English foreign-language users often overuse words when faced with difficult situations. Called gushing, such excessive use of words is often legitimately employed by native speakers to express, for instance, gratitude and apologies when a simple "thank you" or "sorry" does not sufficiently convey an interlocutor's feelings.…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Verbal Communication, Advanced Students
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Khonamri, Fatemeh; Mahmoudi Kojidi, Elahe – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2011
We report an investigation on the relationship between metacognitive awareness of reading strategies and comprehension monitoring of language learners in English as a foreign language context. Participants were thirty first year university students majoring in electronics. They completed a questionnaire aimed at discerning the strategies that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Metacognition, Second Language Learning, Reading Ability