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Saavedra Jeldres, Pamela Andrea; Campos Espinoza, Mónica – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2019
Although keeping writing portfolios has proved to be a successful strategy in developing writing skills in English as a foreign language, few studies have focused on pre-service teachers at the pre-intermediate level. This study aims to describe pre-service teachers' perceptions towards portfolio keeping. The sample consisted of 51 first-year…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Portfolios (Background Materials), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Farías, Miguel; Véliz, Leonardo – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2019
Drawing on 10 pedagogical standards issued by the Chilean Ministry of Education, three dealing with multimodality, we, in this research, examined English language pre-service teachers' and educators' approaches to the use of multimodal texts. Data were gathered through two online surveys that explored the use of multimodal texts by teacher…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Ortiz Neira, Ramón Antonio – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2019
This study adopted a mixed method approach with an action research design. The aim was to determine the impact of information gap activities on young English as a foreign language learners' oral fluency. Information gap activities were based on the communicative approach as well as on task-based learning. Twenty-three eighth graders participated…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Games, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Burns, Anne; Westmacott, Anne – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2018
One of the current challenges facing many universities is how to support teachers in becoming researchers. This article discusses the experiences at a small private Chilean university of a new action research programme that was developed as a vehicle for helping teachers to become involved in research and write a research publication for…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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De la Barra, Erika; Veloso, Sylvia; Maluenda, Lorena – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2018
This article examines the intervention, through the design and pedagogical implementation of two rubrics based on theory from the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach, to assess the oral competences in English of a group of sophomores in a content subject. The data collection and subsequent analysis included both quantitative…
Descriptors: Intervention, Oral Language, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Arévalo Balboa, Fabiola; Briesmaster, Mark – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2018
This article reports on the results of an action research study that aimed to determine the effect of a thinking routine in the development of coherence in speaking interactions. The study was carried out with two groups of second year business students in an English as a foreign language program at a university in southern Chile. A mixed methods…
Descriptors: Oral Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Muñoz Campos, Diego – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
The Chilean education system requires English language teachers to be equipped with non-conventional teaching strategies that can foster meaningful learning and assure successful learners' performances in diverse and complex settings. This exploratory, descriptive, research study aimed at discovering the perceptions of 54 pre-service teachers…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Problem Based Learning, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Diaz Larenas, Claudio; Ramos Leiva, Lucía; Ortiz Navarrete, Mabel – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
This paper reports on a study about the rhetoric, metacognitive, and cognitive strategies pre-service teachers use before and after a process-based writing intervention when completing an argumentative essay. The data were collected through two think-aloud protocols while 21 Chilean English as a foreign language pre-service teachers completed an…
Descriptors: Rhetorical Invention, Metacognition, Cognitive Processes, Essays
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Arancibia Aguilera, María Cristina – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
A rubric was developed to evaluate laboratory reports written by undergraduate students of astronomy and astrophysics from Universidad Católica de Chile. The process of elaboration, peer validation, and application of the rubric to the evaluation of written tasks extended from August 2011 to August 2012. The instrument proved to be effective as an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scoring Rubrics, Astronomy, Research Reports
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Ortiz Navarrete, Mabel; Ferreira Cabrera, Anita – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
This paper aims at proposing a technique for students learning English as a foreign language when they collaboratively write an argumentative essay in a wiki environment. A wiki environment and collaborative work play an important role within the academic writing task. Nevertheless, an appropriate and systematic work assignment is required in…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Essays, English (Second Language), Computer Uses in Education
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Correa Pérez, Roxanna; Martínez Fuentealba, Mariela; Molina De La Barra, María; Silva Rojas, Jessica; Torres Cisternas, Mirta – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
The aim of this article is to examine the impact of feedback on content and organization in writing tasks developed by learners of English as a foreign language. The type of study is qualitative and the research design is a case study. One study involved three students and a female teacher, and the second consisted of three students and a male…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Feedback (Response), High School Students, Writing (Composition)
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Díaz Larenas, Claudio; Alarcón Hernández, Paola; Vásquez Neira, Andrea; Pradel Suárez, Boris; Ortiz Navarrete, Mabel – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
Beliefs continue to be an important source to get to know teachers' thinking processes and pedagogical decisions. Research in teachers' beliefs has traditionally come from English-speaking contexts; however, a great deal of scientific work has been written lately in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. This study elicits 30 Chilean university…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Educational Research, Beliefs, Foreign Countries
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Díaz Larenas, Claudio – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2012
This qualitative study aims at identifying the disciplinary strategies claimed to be used by a group of five secondary classroom teachers of English in public or semi-public schools in Chile. To conduct this research, a semi-structured interview was applied to participants. The data were analyzed using the principles of semantic content analysis…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, English Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Diaz Larenas, Claudio H.; Rodriguez Moran, Andrea Victoria; Poblete Rivera, Karen Jocelyn – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2011
This is an exploratory non-experimental research study whose main objective is to compare the teaching styles of a group of thirty teachers of English working in either public or private secondary education in Chile. In order to collect the required data, two instruments were administered to the participants: a teaching style inventory and a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Teaching Styles, English (Second Language)
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Diaz Larenas, Claudio – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2011
This article presents a research study that analyses eighth and twelfth graders' knowledge of speaking strategies to communicate in English. The Oral Communication Strategy Inventory, developed by Nakatani in 2006, was applied to 108 students belonging to the public, semi-public and private educational sectors in Chile. The findings show that 8th…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Grade 12, Foreign Countries, Knowledge Level