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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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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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Villarreal Suarez, Jessica; Muñoz Taborda, Jully Vanessa; Perdomo Santacruz, Jorge Mario – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
The main objective of this study was to identify 6th to 11th grade students' beliefs about their English class in a public institution in Armenia, Colombia. By means of interviews, drawings, and focus groups with 30 students, four beliefs were established. It was found that students' beliefs are attached to the experiences they have lived in their…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Abad, José Vicente; Alzate, Paula Andrea – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
This article presents the results of an inter-institutional research study that assessed the impact of strategies instruction on students' preparation for and performance in oral exams. Two teacher-researchers at different universities trained 26 students in their respective B1-English-level courses in using language learning strategies. The study…
Descriptors: Oral Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Alvira, Roberto – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
This article, based on an action research study performed at a Colombian middle-sized private university, proposes specific strategies to provide feedback to English as a foreign language learners and uses a Web 2.0 tool called "screencasting." The findings of the study suggest that the use of coded, written, and oral feedback is widely…
Descriptors: Action Research, Oral Language, Feedback (Response), English (Second Language)
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Gómez Burgos, Eric – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2015
The present article investigates the use of first year university students' formulaic sequences in written and oral texts in an English as a foreign language context. The corpus of the study consists of eight descriptive texts--four written and four oral--which were composed of four students of English Pedagogy at a university in Santiago, Chile.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Báez Dueñas, Leidy Tatiana; Chacón Vargas, Leidy Marcela – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
This article describes a research project we carried out in order to study the role of student-teachers' teaching techniques as regards their pupils' extrinsic motivation as they partake in communicative speaking activities at a public school in Tunja, Colombia. Data were gathered by means of field notes, focus groups and student-teachers'…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Teaching Methods, Role, Student Motivation
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Pérez Niño, Daniel Fernando – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2010
This article reports on a study conducted at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in the foreign language extension courses. The author shows how young learners who study English in this program can develop their oral production by making and listening to music. The study took place in the first semester of 2009 and followed the qualitative and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Role, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning