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Guerrero-Nieto, Carmen Helena; Quintero, Alvaro – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
This paper aims at showing how a bottom-up approach of the study of educational policies can shed some light on how elementary school teachers deal with educational policies to make them work. This is a partial report on a larger focus group study conducted in Bogotá, Colombia, where a group of elementary school teachers shared their opinions…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Giraldo, Frank – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
In this reflection article I examine language assessment literacy initiatives and their possible impact on teachers, and I discuss the connections that exist between language assessment literacy and teachers' professional development. I explain that training for language assessment literacy may primarily foster teachers' knowledge and skills and,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Evaluation Methods, Language Teachers
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Barahona, Malba; Davin, Kristin J. – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
The international trend towards a practice-based approach in teacher education has permeated foreign language teacher education and English language teaching. A practice-based approach is based on the understanding that teachers learn to teach a language by engaging in "actual" teaching rather than "talking" about teaching. We…
Descriptors: International Cooperation, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Duque-Aguilar, Jaime Fernando – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
This paper reports an exploratory and descriptive qualitative study on speaking assessment approaches in a teacher education program at a Colombian university. The study aimed to explore how four in-service English language teachers approach the assessment of students' speaking skill. The data were gathered through classroom observations,…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Speech Communication, Teacher Education Programs
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Ariza-Pinzón, Vicky – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
This study explores the ways in which master thesis writers position their research in the field of English language teaching in a context where academic literacies are still a developing field. From a social semiotic perspective, this paper aims to identify the resources writers use to represent their object of study and provide a context and…
Descriptors: Masters Programs, Graduate Students, Masters Theses, Second Language Learning
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Meza, Angélica; Rodríguez, Ingrid; Caviedes, Lorena – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
This article focuses on the impact reflective learning has on a group of EFL preservice teachers' academic writing skills through formative feedback and self-assessment at a university in Bogotá (Colombia). The goal was to determine how the participants' academic writing skills were developed when writing essays for international examinations, and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Academic Language
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González, Elsa Fernanda – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
The extent to which writing assessment training (WAT) impacts writing scores has been widely explored in L2 testing contexts. However, little is known of the benefits of WAT to classroom assessment of writing. This paper analyzes the impact of two WAT sessions on the classroom assessment of writing of eleven EFL Mexican university teachers.…
Descriptors: Assessment Literacy, English (Second Language), Language Teachers, College Faculty
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Paredes-Mendez, Lucelly; Troncoso-Rodríguez, Ingrid Alexandra; Lastra-Ramírez, Sandra Patricia – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
This article reports on an action research study about the exploration of local communities to enact agency and value rural identity. Thirty-three students from a rural public school in Colombia participated in the study. Our aim was to examine ways in which students enacted agency as a result of participating in local community inquiry to realize…
Descriptors: Action Research, Student Attitudes, Rural Schools, Public Schools
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Durán, Estefanía; García, Katherin – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
This multiple case study explored the influence of English teachers' methodological practices over undergraduate students' learning processes in two English as a foreign language mandatory courses for different majors, at Universidad de Pamplona (Colombia). Data were gathered through non-participant observations, field notes, stimulated recall…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Language Teachers
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Romero, Gloria – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
This paper reports a small section of a larger study that uses a mixed-methods approach to examine participation experiences of novice teachers of English in Chile beginning their careers in nonharmonic public, semiprivate, and private school communities. Drawing on Wenger's framework of communities of practice, this paper reveals that novice…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Language Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Second Language Learning
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Burgin, Ximena D.; Daniel, Mayra C. – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
This paper reports on Ecuadorian pre-service and in-service teachers' ability to conduct action research in the classroom as well as their skills to efficiently adjust instruction to address students' cultural and linguistic diversity. A qualitative case study approach was implemented to collect information from teacher candidates in 2015,…
Descriptors: Action Research, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Private Schools
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Benavides, Jorge Eliecer – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2021
This article analyzes the results of the Saber Pro, the state exam for students completing higher education, during 2007-2017 concerning the English language section. This analysis uses the reports and databases from the Instituto Colombiano para la Evaluación de la Educación (ICFES) repository and explains the policy in its historical context.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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de la Barra, Erika; Carbone, Soffía – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2020
This paper reports a qualitative action-research study on the use of cooperative learning through literature in two vulnerable English as a foreign language (EFL) classrooms in Chile. The study aimed at bridging EFL inequality by exposing students to a different methodology using cooperative learning, and content-based instruction through…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Cooperative Learning, Literature, Disadvantaged Schools
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Insuasty, Edgar Alirio; Jamie Osorio, María Fernanda – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2020
This article reports on the first three phases (exploration, identification, and planning) of a collaborative action research study whose main objective was to transform the pedagogical practices of teachers of a Colombian school of foreign languages. A methodology of collaborative action research and techniques, such as direct observation,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning
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Ubaque-Casallas, Diego F.; Aguirre-Garzón, Edgar – PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 2020
This paper reports the findings of a narrative study on language student teachers' epistemological reconfigurations through lesson planning in a private university in Bogota, Colombia. The study aimed at exploring the possible forms of professional yet personal-local knowledge two language student teachers encounter and produce when they plan…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Private Colleges, Language Teachers, Student Teachers
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