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Keranen, Nancy; Encinas Prudencio, Fátima – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
This paper looks at a feature of teacher collaboration within Achinstein's (2002) micropolitics of collaboration but from an intrapersonal perspective. Results discussed feature issues of conflict, borders, and ideologies within each participating teacher rather than between teachers. Unresolved or unacknowledged intrapersonal conflict might lead…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Praxis, Conflict, Ideology
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Fajardo Castañeda, J. Alberto – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
This study aims to investigate how pre-service teachers construct their professional identities from the interplay between participation in a teacher community and their systems of knowledge and beliefs. A group of six Colombian pre-service teachers in the final stage of their five-year teacher education programme were the research participants.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Professional Identity, Foreign Countries, Teacher Characteristics
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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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Crawford, Troy; Lengeling, Martha; Mora Pablo, Irasema; Heredia Ocampo, Rocío – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
This paper explores the construction of identity in an academic learning environment in Central Mexico, and shows how identity may be linked to non-language factors such as emotions or family. These issues are associated with elements of hybrid identity. To analyze this we draw on language choice as a tool used for the construction of identity and…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Foreign Countries
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Carvajal Medina, Nancy Emilce; Roberto Flórez, Eliana Edith – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
Academic writing in English in our context is a significant aspect that can be innovative when a convergence model of writing stages is used along with collaborative work. This article reports on a study aimed at analyzing how collaborative work relates to undergraduate electronics students' academic writing development in English as a foreign…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Academic Discourse, English (Second Language)
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García Montes, Paula Andrea; Sagre Barboza, Ana María; Lacharme Olascoaga, Alba Isabel – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
This article presents a case study research with aims to find out which activities, methodological and textual aspects used in a reading strategies course were causing a group of students difficulties when analyzing critically written information. We conducted the study at Universidad de Córdoba (Colombia) with seventh semester students from the…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Language Research, Written Language, Language Tests
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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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Tlazalo Tejeda, Ana Cristina; Basurto Santos, Nora M. – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
The aim of this article is to inform on research intended to find out how pronunciation instruction of English as a foreign language was handled in the language classroom with elementary students and also understand if pronunciation instruction had an impact on students' confidence when using it. In order to do this, a qualitative case study was…
Descriptors: Pronunciation Instruction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Echeverri Sucerquia, Paula Andrea; Pérez Restrepo, Sebastián – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
In this article we discuss our experiences in the process of understanding critical pedagogy within an English teachers' study group which was created for the purpose of learning how to teach language from a critical perspective. We particularly focus on the challenges of meaning making around critical pedagogy, as we realized that we were not all…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Faculty Development, Critical Theory
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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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Banegas, Darío Luis; Velázquez, Aurelia – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2014
In this paper we reflect on the extent to which the learner-centred curriculum in English language teaching includes teachers and learners. We briefly describe the top-down nature of curriculum development in Argentina, then describe and discuss personal and collaborative explorations based on our identities as teachers of English in secondary…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Cruz Corzo, Carolina – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2013
With the rise of new tendencies and methodologies in the English as a foreign language field, formal grammar instruction has become unnecessary during the last few years. Institutions and educators have made serious decisions in order to promote a language production which is fluent and coherent. Thus, grammar instruction has been partially…
Descriptors: Grammar, Teaching Methods, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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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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