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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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Córdoba Zúñiga, Eulices; Rangel Gutiérrez, Emerson – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2018
This article reports a study on the implementation of meaningful oral tasks to promote listening fluency in ten pre-intermediate English as a foreign language learners in the English language teaching program at a Colombian public university. The tasks were implemented to overcome the weaknesses these students had to understand oral messages from…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, Listening Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Mugford, Gerrard – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
I examine whether teaching formulaic language raises English as a foreign language learners' awareness of pragmatic resources when expressing requests. To carry out this research I adopt a qualitative self-reflective approach which encourages students to use formulaic language when making requests. By responding to discourse completion tasks,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Usage
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Méndez López, Mariza G.; Bautista Tun, Moisés – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
The study aims to understand what factors may motivate and demotivate students with low emotional intelligence to participate in speaking activities during English class. Participants wrote an emotions journal to identify factors affecting student participation and were then interviewed at the end of the study period in order to elaborate on their…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Emotional Intelligence, Gender Differences, Teaching Methods
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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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Valencia Robles, Jeannette de Fátima – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
The requirement of holding a diploma which certifies proficiency level in a foreign language is constantly increasing in academic and working environments. Computer-based testing has become a prevailing tendency for these and other educational purposes. Each year large numbers of students take online language tests everywhere in the world. In…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Questionnaires, Online Surveys
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Buitrago Campo, Ana Carolina – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
This article reports the results of an action-research project focused on improving students' communicative competence in English through the task-based learning approach. This study was conducted in a co-educational public school in Medellín (Colombia) with thirty-four tenth graders. Actions implemented include the development of a series of…
Descriptors: Grade 10, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Action Research
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Castro Garcés, Angela Yicely; Martínez Granada, Liliana – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
Teachers' professional development is a key factor to have more reflective educators capable of working on teams to find solutions to problems that arise in their classrooms. The objective of this study is to analyze the impact that the collaborative planning, implementation, and evaluation of classroom projects, developed through collaborative…
Descriptors: Role, Action Research, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration
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Basallo Gómez, Juan Sebastián – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
This paper is about the impact of systematic reading selection used to promote English as foreign language learning in adult students. A qualitative action research methodology was used to carry out this project. Ten class sessions were designed to provide students an opportunity to select texts according to criteria based upon their language…
Descriptors: Reading Material Selection, Adult Literacy, English (Second Language), Qualitative Research
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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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Viafara González, John Jairo; Ariza Ariza, J. Aleida – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2015
Colombian English as a foreign language student teachers' opportunities to grow as educators through international sojourns do not usually subsume the traditional study and residence abroad goal. This was the case for our participants who engaged mainly in working abroad with study being ancillary. Fifty student teachers from two public…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Macías, Diego Fernando; Sánchez, Jesús Ariel – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2015
This qualitative descriptive study aimed to ascertain the extent to which classroom management constituted a problem among pre-service foreign language teachers in a teacher education program at a public university in Colombia. The study also sought to identify classroom management challenges, the approaches to confronting them, and the…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Second Language Instruction
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Salinas Vacca, Yakelin – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
This paper reports on an exploratory, descriptive, and interpretive study in which the roles of discussion boards, the students, the teacher, and the monitors were explored as they constructed a collaborative class project in a virtual environment. This research was conducted in the virtual program of a Colombian public university. Data were…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Computer Mediated Communication, Foreign Countries, Student Role
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Izquierdo Castillo, Alexander; Jiménez Bonilla, Sonia – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
This article reports on an action research project conducted with six ninth grade students in a rural public school in Colombia. The purpose of the study was to determine how the implementation of three reading strategies (skimming, scanning, and making predictions), when reading topics selected by learners, helps them to improve their reading…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Strategies, Reading Improvement, Reading Comprehension
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Bonilla, Sandra Ximena; Cruz-Arcila, Ferney – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
This article reports a study done with five English language teachers in Colombian rural areas. Questionnaires and interviews were used to see how these teachers understand their professional practice considering the contextual features of their regional workplaces. Amongst the findings, we noticed that these teachers have to mediate between local…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sociocultural Patterns, Intercultural Communication, English (Second Language)
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