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Becerra Cortés, Ximena – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
This paper reports on an innovative and action research project which focused on the use of the dictionary and the prior knowledge of Colombian high school students to improve their reading comprehension of short scientific texts. Data collection instruments included students' work gathered during two workshops, field notes, and a questionnaire.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dictionaries, Reading Comprehension, Scientific and Technical Information
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Chala Bejarano, Pedro Antonio; Chapetón, Claudia Marcela – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
This article presents the findings of an action research project conducted with a group of pre-service teachers of a program in modern languages at a Colombian university. The study intended to go beyond an emphasis on linguistic and textual features in English as a foreign language argumentative essays by using a set of genre-based activities and…
Descriptors: Role, Essays, Writing (Composition), Writing Processes
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Espitia Cruz, Martha Isabel; Kwinta, Anna – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
Recent technological development has created new pedagogical practices in the EFL classroom to maximize the time for students to use the language by considering online tools. Whilst working in a pedagogical context with new technologies, some educators were concerned with how online interaction in EFL content-based classes could be effectively…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Chaves, Orlando; Hernández, Fanny – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
In this article we aim at showing partial results of a study about the profiles of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers in both public and private primary and secondary strata 1-4 schools in Cali, Colombia. Teachers' methodological approaches and practices are described and analyzed from a sample of 220 teachers. Information was gathered…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Hermeneutics
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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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Olaya, Alba; Gómez Rodríguez, Luis Fernando – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
This article reports the findings of a qualitative research project that explored pre-service English teachers' perceptions of and attitudes toward the aspects of culture and intercultural competence addressed in their English classes in the undergraduate programs at three Colombian universities. Findings reveal that pre-service teachers are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Preservice Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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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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Lopera Medina, Sergio – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
It is often argued that classroom diaries are subjective. This article explores the diary insights of a foreign language reading teacher. The inquiry was based on the following research question: What do the diary insights really evidence about the teaching practices of a foreign language reading teacher? As a research method, a case study was…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Macías, Diego Fernando – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
This project set out to investigate the extent to which the sources of English as a foreign language teachers' pedagogical knowledge are acknowledged and addressed in a teacher education program in a public university in Colombia. It involved the participation of teacher educators and novice teachers as well as the analysis of documents. This…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Knowledge Level, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Abad, José Vicente – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
In this article we present the results of a qualitative research study on the pedagogical factors that influence English teaching in four public schools of Medellín, Colombia. Twelve teachers were interviewed regarding three linguistic principles: communicative competence, native language effect, and interlanguage. The data analysis led to the…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Pasupathi, Madhumathi – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
First year students pursuing engineering education face problems with their listening skills. Most of the Indian schools use a bilingual method for teaching subjects from primary school through high school. Nonetheless, students entering university education develop anxiety in listening to classroom lectures in English. This article reports an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Laboratories, College Freshmen, Engineering Education
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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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Cota Grijalva, Sofía D.; Ruiz-Esparza Barajas, Elizabeth – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
This paper contains the description of a research project that was carried out in the Bachelor of Arts in English Language Teaching program at a Mexican university. The study was longitudinal and it tracked fourteen students for four semesters of the eight semester program. The aim was to identify pre-service teachers' beliefs about English…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Language of Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Escobar Alméciga, Wilder Yesid – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
This article addresses a critical problem about asymmetrical power relationships and uneven conditions in English language education exerted via identity shaping discourses in the document Educación: "Visión 2019" issued by the Colombian Ministry of National Education. The study follows the critical discourse analysis method. It…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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