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Gokaydin, Beria; Baglama, Basak; Uzunboylu, Huseyin – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
This study aims to carry out a content analysis of the studies on language learning of gifted individuals and determine the trends in this field. Articles on language learning of gifted individuals published in the Scopus database were examined based on certain criteria including type of publication, year of publication, language, research…
Descriptors: Gifted, Content Analysis, Second Language Learning, Databases
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Coskun, Abdullah – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2017
The objective of this study is to investigate the effect of the Pecha Kucha presentation format on English as foreign language learners' public speaking anxiety. The participants were 49 students in the English Translation and Interpretation Department of a state university in Turkey. A pre- and post-test experimental research design was used in…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Teaching Methods, Public Speaking, Anxiety
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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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Ruiz-Esparza Barajas, Elizabeth; Medrano Vela, Cecilia Araceli; Zepeda Huerta, Jesús Helbert Karim – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
This study reports on the first stage of a larger joint research project undertaken by five universities in Mexico to explore university teachers' thinking about out-of-class teamwork. Data from interviews were analyzed using open and axial coding. Although results suggest a positive perception towards teamwork, the study unveiled important…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teamwork, Coding
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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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Palacio, Marcela; Gaviria, Sandra; Brown, James Dean – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
Frustrations with traditional testing led a group of teachers at the English for adults program at Universidad EAFIT (Colombia) to design tests aligned with the institutional teaching philosophy and classroom practices. This article reports on a study of an item-by-item evaluation of a series of English exams for validity and reliability in an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Córdoba Zúñiga, Eulices – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
This article reports the findings of a qualitative research study conducted with six first semester students of an English as a foreign language program in a public university in Colombia. The aim of the study was to implement task-based language teaching as a way to integrate language skills and help learners to improve their communicative…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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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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Herazo Rivera, Jose David; Sagre Barboza, Anamaría – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
Sociocultural theory argues that an individual's mental, social, and material activity is mediated by cultural tools. One such tool is the language or discourse teachers use during whole class interaction in the second language classroom. The purpose of this study was to examine how a Colombian second language teacher mediated her ninth-grade…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Cultural Influences, Language Usage, Classroom Communication
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Akcan, Sumru – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
This study investigates novice non-native English teachers' opinions about the effectiveness of their teacher education programme and the challenges during their initial years of teaching. The results of a survey administered to fifty-five novice teachers and follow-up interviews identify strengths and weaknesses in their teacher education…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education Programs
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Sierra Piedrahita, Ana María – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
In this article, the author discusses the social justice language teacher education perspective and how it can help language teachers to develop a political view of their work and effect change inside and outside their particular school contexts. To do this, she briefly analyzes various professional development programs for teachers of English in…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Teacher Education, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning
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Gimenez, Telma; Ferreira, Aparecida de Jesus; Alves Basso, Rosângela Aparecida; Carvalho Cruvinel, Roberta – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
In the last decade Brazil has begun to tackle the educational challenges of a developing country with a young population. The scale of such a demand is a result of the social and cultural inequalities that have historically been existent. Recent official policies and programs have addressed this gap by promoting greater opportunities for teacher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Pineda Hoyos, Jorge Eduardo; Tamayo Cano, Luis Hernando – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
This paper reports the experience of implementing a teacher's professional development strategy that sought to foster e-moderator competencies among language faculty at a Colombian public university. The study aimed at finding the extent to which participants understood the concepts of e-moderation and e-tivities. We analyzed the participants'…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Teaching Skills, Online Courses, Task Analysis
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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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Caicedo Triviño, Paula Andrea – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2016
Seventh grade teachers at a Colombian public school chose cooperative learning as a strategy to improve student's social performance and as a tool to get learners to enrich their academic level. This article reports on an action research and innovation project focused on the results eight students obtained in their written performance in English…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, Middle School Students, Adolescents
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