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Cruz Rondón, Elio Jesús; Velasco Vera, Leidy Fernanda – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
Learning a foreign language may be a challenge for most people due to differences in the form and structure between one's mother tongue and a new one. However, there are some tools that facilitate the teaching and learning of a foreign language, for instance, new applications for digital devices, video blogs, educational platforms, and teaching…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Instructional Materials, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Crawford, Troy; Mora Pablo, Irasema; Lengeling, M. Martha – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
This paper explores the different factors that appear to affect the on-going construction of second language authorial identity in a professional academic environment in Mexico. Through narrative research methodology from a qualitative paradigm, the everyday struggles of two university professors to maintain their professional status in second…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Authors, Second Language Learning, Self Concept
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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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Cuartas Alvarez, Luis Fernando – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
This article reports the results of an action-research project that examines enhancing students' English learning processes through the selective use of their mother tongues with the aim of overcoming their reluctant attitudes toward learning English in the classroom. This study involves forty ninth-graders from an all-girls public school in…
Descriptors: Native Language, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bautista Barón, Myriam Judith – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
This article reports on an action research project that proposes to improve the reading comprehension and vocabulary of undergraduate students of English for Specific Purposes--explosives majors, at a police training institute in Colombia. I used the qualitative research method to explore and reflect upon the teaching-learning processes during…
Descriptors: Workshops, English for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Méndez López, Mariza G.; Peña Aguilar, Argelia – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
The present article reports on a study that explores the effects of the emotional experiences of Mexican language learners on their motivation to learn English. In this qualitative research we present how emotions impact the motivation of university language learners in south Mexico. Results suggest that emotions, both negative and positive,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Qualitative Research
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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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Mendieta Aguilar, Jenny Alexandra – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2011
This study was carried out with a group of three teachers who work for the foreign languages department of a private university in Colombia. It was aimed at unveiling and characterizing the narrative knowledge these teachers hold about language teaching and learning processes as well as the role this knowledge plays in the constant construction…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, College Faculty, Language Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Mora Pablo, Irasema; Lengeling, M. Martha; Rubio Zenil, Buenaventura; Crawford, Troy; Goodwin, Douglas – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2011
The present study explores the use of the first language in a context of foreign language teaching. This qualitative research presents the classroom practice and points of view of French and English teachers and students within a public educational institute in central Mexico using the techniques of questionnaires and semi-structured interviews.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Native Language, Semi Structured Interviews