HOW - A Colombian Journal for Teachers of English

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Vol. 22, No. 2, October

With This Issue We Join the Celebration of ASOCOPI's 50th Anniversary
The development of ELT (English Language Teaching) in Colombia has been possible thanks to the participation of different stakeholders and the commitment of academic communities who, despite socio-economic constraints, have engaged in various endeavours...
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Students' Needs Analysis in an EFL Program for University professors/Analisis De Las Necesidades De Los Estudiantes De Un Programa De Ingles Para Profesores Universitarios
Introduction Internationalization has impacted higher education dynamics. Now universities have to go along with the political and economic tendencies the global world imposes. To be part of such reality, universities have to promote research and...
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Reading Logs and Literature Teaching Models in English Language Teacher education/Diarios De Lectura Y Modelos De Ensenanza De la Literatura En la Formacion Docente En Ingles
Introduction Reading logs regularly accompany the development of reading comprehension in the early stages of English language learning. Likewise, the complex beginnings of teaching and research are frequently registered through various forms of...
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Reflection on Teachers' Personal and Professional Growth through a Materials Development seminar/Reflexion Sobre El Desarrollo Profesional Y Personal De Los Profesores a Traves De Un Seminario En Desarrollo De Materiales
Introduction This qualitative action research study examined how teachers' reflection on the methodology of the materials development (MD) seminar has shaped their personal and professional growth in the Master's Programme in Education with Emphasis...
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Influence of Contextual Factors on EFL Mexican Teachers' Beliefs and the Use of textbooks/La Influencia De Factores Contextuales En Las Creencias Y En El USO De Libros De Texto De Profesores De Lenguas Mexicanos
Introduction This study explores the perceptions of six Mexican teachers of English regarding the effect of contextual factors in their use of instructional materials. The teachers under study are organized into two sub-sets of three less experienced...
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Creativity in the English Class: Activities to Promote EFL learning/Creatividad En la Clase De Ingles: Actividades Que Promueven El Aprendizaje del Ingles Como Lengua Extranjera
Introduction Just as writers face writer's block and comedians "die" on stage, teachers can expect to confront moments when a crippling lack of classroom interest or general lack of attention threatens to throw the learning process off course. In...
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The Procedural Syllabus and the Task Syllabus: How Similar, How different?/Silabo Procedimental Y Silabo Basado En Tareas: Semejanzas Y Diferencias?
Introduction In recent years, the term task-based language teaching (TBLT) has become an often-heard and widely-used term in the literature of second/foreign language pedagogy (Ellis, 2003, 2013; Nunan, 2004; Robinson, 2011; Skehan, 2003; Willis...
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Fostering Autonomy through Syllabus Design: A Step-by-Step Guide for success/El Fomento De la Autonomia a Traves del Diseno del Silabo: Una Guia Paso a Paso Hacia El Exito
Introduction The mission of education is creating the conditions that will enable learners to develop into autonomous and responsible individuals who have access to and are able to contribute to a democratic and tolerant society. (Errey & Schollaert,...
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Vol. 22, No. 1, April-September

Editorial
Welcome back to the HOW Journal. This time I am pleased to share with you two important pieces of news. First, our readership can now read and download the full version of the articles published in HOW in our website http://howjournalcolombia.org ...
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Con Confianza: The Emergence of the Zone of Proximal Development in a University ESL course/Con Confianza: El Surgimiento De la Zona De Desarrollo Proximo En Un Curso Universitario De Ingles Como Segundo Idioma
Introduction Language learning is a social process; that is, it takes place in a specific context and by means of interaction between people (students, teachers, and others). Within this sociocultural understanding of language learning and language...
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On Becoming a Good English Language Learner: An Exploratory Case study/Como Convertirse En Un Buen Aprendiz De Lenguas: Un Estudio De Caso Exploratorio
Introduction It is often the case that in most English teacher training programs (ETTP) around the world, English language development courses generally become the major obstacles that learners have to overcome on their way to getting their degrees....
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Analysis of the Teaching Practices at a Colombian Foreign Language Institute and Their Effects on Students' Communicative competence/Analisis De Las Practicas Pedagogicas En Un Instituto De Lenguas Extranjeras Colombiano Y Sus Efectos En la Competencia Comunicativa De Los Estudiantes
Introduction In response to the widespread need of strengthening the teaching and learning process of foreign languages in the South Colombian region as well as conducting research in this professional field, the Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras...
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Personal Narratives: A Pedagogical Proposal to Stimulate Language Students' writing/Narrativas Personales: Una Propuesta Pedagogica Para Estimular la Escritura En Estudiantes De Idiomas
Introduction This intervention was applied to third semester students in a BA in languages program at a public university in Tunja (Colombia). As part of their academic activities, students are exposed to different subjects related to writing and...
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Tracking the Path of Communities of Inquiry in TEFL: A Literature review/Siguiendo la Ruta De Comunidades De Indagacion En la Ensenanza De Ingles
Introduction Approaches and methods to language learning have significantly changed over time. From rigorous grammar dominance and translation methods, to more naturalistic, communicative or computer assisted ones, each has contributed to its linguistic...
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Motivation in Second Language Learning: A Historical Overview and Its Relevance in a Public High School in Pasto, Colombia/Motivacion En El Aprendizaje De Una Lengua Extranjera: Un Resumen Historico Y Su Importancia En Una Institucion Educativa Publica En Pasto, Colombia
Introduction It is common to hear that the success or failure of a language learner to master a second language (L2) depends on their motivation. Motivation is usually associated with commitment, enthusiasm, and persistence to achieve goals. The...
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Laying the Foundations for Video-Game Based Language Instruction for the Teaching of EFL/Estableciendo Las Bases Para Una Metodologia De Ensenanza De Lengua Extranjera a Partir del USO De Video Juegos
Introduction The advent of computer technology, multimedia, and the Internet has brought about significant societal changes, some of which education has been rather reticent to incorporate (Dretzin & Rushkoff, 2010). As different types of technologies...
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Vol. 21, No. 2, October

Editorial
It is a real pleasure to present the second number of this year's volume which complies with the idea of becoming a biannual publication as announced in 2013. This has been possible, to a large extent, due to the support of the members of our editorial...
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The Role of Blogs and Web Resources in Students' Autonomous Learning awareness/El Papel De Los "Blogs" Y De Otros Recursos De la Internet En la Comprension Que Los Estudiantes Tienen Acerca del Aprendizaje Autonomo
Introduction Engaging students with Web 2.0 technologies helps them develop a set of abilities that are directly associated with 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, interaction, innovation, leadership, and technology proficiency....
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The Impact of Project Work and the Writing Process Method on Writing production/El Impacto del Trabajo Por Proyecto Y El Metodo De Proceso De la Escritura En la Produccion Escrita
Introduction Teachers put forth great effort when attempting to develop effective teaching methods to promote learning. Yet, when assessing student learning, the results are oftentimes rather grim. I applied a diagnostic test for English classes...
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Developing Learner Autonomy through Project Work in an ESP class/Desarrollo De la Autonomia del Aprendiz a Traves del Trabajo Por Proyectos En Una Clase De Ingles Con Fines Espedficos
Introduction The role of teachers is not meaningful for transmitting knowledge, but for creating proper conditions for the construction of knowledge. In addition, the Colombian education system seeks to promote proficient learners in language skills...
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Using Personal Portable Devices as Learning Tools in the English class/El USO De Dispositivos Portatiles En la Clase De Ingles Para Favorecer la Produccion del Idioma
Introduction This paper presents a description of the action research project "Using personal portable devices as learning tools in the English class," and its consequent educational intervention in two groups (first and fourth levels) at a private...
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Mentor Texts and the Coding of Academic Writing Structures: A Functional approach/El USO De Textos Modelo Y la Codificacion De Estructuras De la Escritura Academica: Un Abordaje Funcional
Introduction The ever-evolving pursuit of academic, cultural, and commercial exchange on a global level demands a more diversified and higher level of proficiency in English as a foreign language (EFL). Such proficiency, therefore, must not be limited...
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Using SFL as a Tool for Analyzing Students' Narratives/el USO De la Linguistica Sistemica Funcional Para Analizar Las Narrativas De Los Estudiantes
Introduction For years Colombian university instructors of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) have tried to teach writing to students using a variety of approaches which include process writing (Artunduaga Cuellar, 2013; Rivera Barreto, 2011; Zuniga...
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Materials Development in the Colombian Context: Some Considerations about Its Benefits and challenges/Desarrollo De Materiales En El Contexto Colombiano: Algunas Consideraciones Acerca De Sus Beneficios Y Desafios
Introduction Over the past few years, English language teaching in Colombia has been ruled by the National Bilingual Program which is intended to make Colombian citizens bilingual in Spanish and English by 2019 (Ministerio de Educacion Nacional...
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Vol. 21, No. 1, April

Editorial
I am pleased to present the first issue of our twenty-first volume. With it we start a new epoch of our journal: the challenge to publish two issues per year so that we can move forward on making our contributors' works visible more rapidly. This decision...
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Communication Strategies Used by Pre-Service English Teachers of Different Proficiency levels/Estrategias Comunicativas Utilizadas Por Profesores De Ingles En Formacion Con Diferentes Niveles De Proficiencia
Introduction The development of language skills in learners and the decision of what English teachers should concentrate on in lesson planning and classroom instruction comprise a recurrent discussion in our field. Therefore, the communicative goal...
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Exploring Pre-Service EFL Teachers' Beliefs about Their Roles in an Elementary School Classroom in Regard to Pedagogical and Emotional Aspects of students/Exploracion De Las Creencias De Docentes De Ingles En Formacion Acerca De Su Papel En Relacion Con Aspectos Pedagogicos Y Emocionales De Sus Estudiantes En El Salon De Clases
Introduction There are different types of teachers in all fields of knowledge. Each one of them is the sum of academic formation, learning-teaching experiences, beliefs about education, society, and so forth, which become evident in their everyday...
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How Setting Goals Enhances Learners' Self-Efficacy Beliefs in Listening comprehension/Como El Diseno De Metas Promueve Las Creencias De Auto-Eficacia En la Comprension Auditiva
Introduction Since listening is one of the most important skills when learning a language, it is essential to look for strategies to implement in the classroom that will allow students to overcome difficulties associated with a listening task. Providing...
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A Virtual Room to Enhance Writing Skills in the EFL class/Uso del Aula Virtual Para Mejorar Las Habilidades De Escritura En Ingles Como Lengua Extranjera
Introduction Education has been widely influenced by deep changes in relation to science and technology. Teachers have felt the need to incorporate new information and communication technologies (web pages, chats, blogs, wikis, etc.) into the teaching-learning...
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The Exercise of Learner Autonomy in a Virtual EFL Course in Colombia/Autonomia del Estudiante En Un Curso Virtual De Ingles Como Lengua Extranjera En Colombia
Introduction In the field of virtual education, the concept of autonomy has gained a very important place. Motteram (1997) claims that there has always been a recognized connection between educational technology and learner autonomy. Additionally,...
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Language-Building Activities and Interaction Variations with Mixed-Ability ESL University Learners in a Content-Based course/Actividades De Construccion De Lengua Y Patrones De Interaccion En Estudiantes Universitarios De Ingles Como Segunda Lengua Con Habilidades Desiguales Dentro De Un Curso Basado En Contenidos
Introduction Universidad del Rosario is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Colombia. The university has undergraduate and graduate programs in areas such as Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, Economics, International Business...
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Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice in a B.A. Program in EFL/Llenando El Vacio Entre la Teoria Y la Practica En la Investigacion Educativa
Introduction The purpose of this article is to describe how the research component of our program is organized, what its theoretical foundations are, and to share the experience of a work completed jointly by teachers who aimed to revise this component...
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Vol. 20, October

Development of the Distinct Multiple Intelligences in Primary Students through Interest centers/Desarrollo De Las Distintas Inteligencias Multiples De Estudiantes De Primaria a Traves De Centros De Interes
Introduction This research is the result of a reflection on the multiple intelligences (MI) theory. Through the observation and analysis of the development of different activities in the English class, it was noticed that by recognizing the MIs...
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The Impact of Teacher-Student Relationships on EFL Learning/ El Impacto De la Dimension Emocional Dentro De Las Clases del Ingles Como Lengua Extranjera
Introduction Emotions are integral, influential factors in all human beings. They are not only personal dispositions, but also social or cultural constructions, influenced by interpersonal relationships and systems of social values (Zembylas, 2004)....
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Collaborative Writing to Enhance Academic Writing Development through Project work/La Escritura Colaborativa Para Incrementar El Desarrollo De la Escritura Academica a Traves del Trabajo Por Proyectos
Introduction This article reports the outcomes of a study in which collaborative writing through project work was introduced with the aim of enhancing students' academic written production. It was implemented with a group of students who produced...
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Storyboards and Reading Comprehension of Literary Fiction in English/Historietas Y Comprension Lectora De Obras Literarias De Ficcion
Introduction According to the latest census data, in the United States "among the 262.4 million people aged 5 and over, 47.0 million (18 percent) spoke a language other than English at home" (Shin & Bruno, 2003, p. 1). The lack of language scaffolding...
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A Mexican Study of Multiple Intelligences for Pre-Service Teachers of English as a Foreign Language/ Un Estudio De Inteligencias Multiples Con Futuros Docentes De Ingles Como Lengua Extranjera Mexicanos
Introduction The theory of multiple intelligences (MI) refers to a learner-based philosophy that describes human intelligence as having multiple dimensions that can be developed in education (Richards & Rodgers, 2001). This study aims to identify...
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"Of Being and Not Being:" Colombian Public Elementary School Teachers' Oscillating Identities/ "Ser Y No Ser": Las Identidades Oscilantes De Maestros Colombianos De Escuelas Publicas De Primaria
Introduction The restructuration of the Colombian educational system via policies has caused changes in elementary school teachers' work. In recent years, after "La Revolution Educativa" (Educational revolution), in the context of a transition from...
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Editorial
Welcome to our twentieth issue filled with good news and more challenges ahead! First of all, I am delighted to share with our affiliates and readership our latest achievement: the indexation of our journal in Publindex-Colciencias, in category B....
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Process Writing and the Development of Grammatical competence/Desarrollo De la Competencia Gramatical En El Contexto De la Produccion Escrita
Introduction While teaching English in an English language teaching (ELT) undergraduate program at a public university I met some groups of students whose participation in class--academic and communicative performances--was in many cases affected...
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The Way Student-Teachers Construct Their Identity at school/La Construccion De la Identidad del Maestro Practicante En la Escuela
Introduction In my two years' experience as a foreign language advisor of the final practicum, I have focused my attention on the way student-teachers get involved at school and the positions they assume as new members of the school where they develop...
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Teachers' Beliefs and the Integration of Technology in the EFL class/Las Creencias De Los Profesores De Ingles Sobre la Integracion De la Tecnologia En la Clase
Introduction Higher education has gone through a transformation process due to the integration of information and communications technology (ICT) into daily academic activities. This fact has impacted different educational areas, one of which is...
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Social Values Reflections through the Use of EFL Storytelling: An Action Research with Primary students/Reflexiones Acerca De Los Valores Sociales Mediante El USO De la Narracion De Cuentos: Investigacion Accion Con Estudiantes De Basica Primaria
Introduction Schools have always had a great influence in children's understanding of the world; and while it is important that children grow intellectually, the value of students becoming citizens who interact in the world with kindness, respect,...
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Towards the Development of Intercultural Competence Skills: A Pedagogical Experience with Pre-Service Teachers/ Hacia El Desarrollo De Habilidades De Competencia Intercultural: Una Experiencia Pedagogica Con Futuros Profesores
Introduction Byram (2000) asserts that intercultural competence is an essential skill for language teaching professionals. If language teachers are able to perceive, understand, and value their own culture and other cultures, they may be able to...
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From a Bureaucratic to a Critical-Sociocultural Model of Policymaking in Colombia/De Un Modelo Burocratico a Un Modelo Critico-Sociocultural De Hacer Politica Linguistica En Colombia
Introduction Acknowledging the importance of English as a lingua franca in the global market and in the context of several free trade agreements which were being negotiated with countries around the globe, the Colombian government in 2004 launched...
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Annual

Editorial
I am delighted to welcome you to our nineteenth edition of the ASOCOPI academic journal which, I hope, you will find interesting and full of good food for thought. I hope it contributes to expanding our professional knowledge and also to providing...
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The Impact of ICT Training through Wikis on In-Service EFL Teachers: Changes in Beliefs, Attitudes, and competencies/El Impacto En Profesores De Ingles En Formacion De la Instruccion En TIC a Traves De Wikis: Cambios En Las Creencias, Actitudes Y Competencias
Introduction In the field of English language teaching, ICT in general and hypermedia in particular can provide an authentic learning environment where language learners can explore reference materials, participate in discussions, work as teams...
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The Use of Skype as a Synchronous Communication Tool between Foreign Language College Students and Native Speakers/ El USO De Skype Como Herramienta De Comunicacion Sincronica Entre Estudiantes Universitarios Y Hablantes Nativos
Introduction As a young college language instructor, I find myself always trying to provide my students with opportunities in which they can see a real purpose in using L2 (foreign language) outside the conventional classroom where interaction is...
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How Can a Process of Reflection Enhance Teacher-Trainees' Practicum experience?/Como Ayuda Un Proceso De Reflexion a Docentes En Formacion Durante Su Practica Docente?
Introduction The Foreign Language (FL) program in which this research took place seeks to educate an effective and reflective teacher who is able to face realities, challenges and problems related to the educational settings in which learning and...
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Boys' and Girls' Gendered Voices in EFL debates/Discursos De Genero Entre Jovenes Durante Debates En El Contexto De la Ensenanza De Ingles Como Lengua Extranjera
Introduction Moving away from positivistic understandings of gender in isolation, we initiated this study to espouse constructivist and poststructuralist perspectives on gender and language learning to gain understanding about how ninth graders'...
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Through Teachers' Eyes: The Use of Virtual Classrooms in ELT/Puntos De Vista De Los Docentes En Relacion Al USO De Aulas Virtuales En la Ensenanza del Ingles
Introduction The current world requires that teachers be updated in new trends of teaching--learning processes. One of them is the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) as a complement to the work done within the classroom. The...
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Applying Connectivist Principles and the Task-Based Approach to the Design of a Multimodal Didactic Unit
Aplicacion de principios de conectivismo y del enfoque basado en tareas para el diseno de una unidad didactica multimodal Introduction The task-based approach to English language learning has been extensively promoted in different educational...
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A Pedagogical Experience to Delve into Students' Sense of Cultural Belonging and Intercultural Understanding in a Rural school/Una Experiencia Pedagogica Para Ahondar En la Propia Cultura Y En El Conocimiento Intercultural En Un Colegio Rural
Introduction According to Serrano (2007), the history of rural education in Colombia reveals that there is still a big gap between city and rural schooling. The main difference, according to Moulton (2001), relates to the fact that a school model...
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Beyond the "Handicapped" Label: Narrating Options to Teach Foreign Languages to Blind and Visually Impaired students/"Discapacitado": Opciones Narrativas Para Ensenar Lenguas Extranjeras a Estudiantes Invidentes O De Baja Vision
Introduction This article focuses on people with particular physical characteristics, so in general they have been called "handicapped" and have always been present in all levels of educational institutions. Specifically in this article, I describe...
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Unfolding the Linguistic Features of Newspaper Advertisements in India/Descripcion De Rasgos Linguisticos En la Publicidad De Periodicos En India
Introduction Language is the most significant gift to human beings. Can anyone think of a world without speech? It is through language that we encode and decode information. Generally speaking, all communication, creative or critical thinking, and...
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Analyzing the Extensive Reading Approach: Benefits and Challenges in the Mexican context/Analizando El Enfoque De la Lectura Extensiva: Beneficios Y Retos En El Contexto Mexicano
Introduction Teaching a foreign language is a challenging task due to the variety of constraints that English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers face daily. For instance, they have to look for ways to motivate their students to learn a second...
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Supporting Student-Teacher Researchers' Quest for Their voice/Apoyando a Estudiantes-Investigadores En la Busqueda De Una Voz Propia
Introduction Student teacher-researchers (STRs) often struggle to find their voices to feel represented when they narrate their understanding of the complexities of the classroom and when they attempt to share their reflections and contributions...
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On Rethinking Our Classrooms: A Critical Pedagogy view/Sobre la Reflexion En Nuestros Salones De Clase: Una Perspectiva Desde la Pedagogia Critica
Introduction Pre-service teachers' conceptions about ELT teaching and learning comprise several perspectives. Some of them relate particularly to the subject matter knowledge (Richards, 1998) language teachers might have to teach their classes as...
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Editorial
Following the action plan proposed by our publication and ASOCOPI's Board of Directors, we have moved forward to consolidate our publication according to the parameters issued by Colciencias, the Colombian research agency, and Publindex--its division...
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Improving Writing through stages/Mejorando la Escritura a Traves De Etapas
Introduction Teaching writing in English as a foreign language is not an easy task since students usually think that writing is a complex process which they prefer to avoid. In my experience, students feel discouraged when receiving a paper filled...
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Facing CLIL Challenges at University level/Enfrentando Los Retos del Aprendizaje Integrado De Contenidos E Idiomas a Nivel Universitario
Introduction Content Language Integrated Learning is an approach mostly followed in bilingual schools in our context. The experiences shared have to do with an integration of subjects such as math or science with English in elementary schools. In...
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Pair Negotiation When Developing English Speaking tasks/Negociaciones Entre Parejas De Estudiantes Al Desarrollar Ejercicios De Conversacion En la Clase De Ingles
Introduction Through our educational practices in distinct schools, grades and courses, we realized that there were students who faced problems when working with others. We noticed that this happened due to diverse reasons, such as differences of...
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Code-Switching to Know a TL Equivalent of an L1 Word: Request-Provision-Acknowledgement (RPA) Sequence/cambio De Codigo Para Conocer El Equivalente En la Segunda Lengua De Una Palabra En la Primera Lengua: La Secuencia RPA (Pregunta-Provision-Reconocimiento)
Introduction As English language teachers, we are always looking for techniques that enable our learners to communicate more effectively in the target language. For this purpose, we develop techniques to encourage our learners to use the target...
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University Students' English Language Improvements through a Content-Based course/Progresos En El Nivel De Ingles De Estudiantes Universitarios a Traves De Un Curso Basado En Contenido
Introduction In this paper, researchers support how undergraduate students improved through a Content Based Instruction (CBI)course taught in English as a Foreign Language(EFL). Researchers focused on an elective course in microbiology called "Topics...
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A Diagnosis of English Language Teaching in Public Elementary Schools in Pasto, Colombia/Diagnostico De la Ensenanza del Ingles En Escuelas Publicas En Pasto, Colombia
Introduction The Colombian Government and the National Ministry of Education have promoted the implementation of English in elementary schools based on issues put forth by the General Education Law of 1994. The application of this law in public...
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A Case Study on Content Based Instruction for Primary School children/Estudio De Caso Sobre Instruccion Basada En Contenidos Para Ninos De Educacion Primaria
Introduction Nowadays, second language education aims to enable students to use the target language (L2) in a communicative way so that they are able to interact in different social situations in which such language is needed. In the case of Colombia,...
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Project Work Implementation in a Virtual Colombian Public University Environment/trabajo Por Proyectos En El Entorno Virtual De Una Universidad Publica Colombiana
Introduction Currently there is an increasing interest in using the virtual modality to teach and learn foreign and second languages. Consequently, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have become useful means to access information....
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Blended Learning in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language: An Educational challenge/Aprendizaje Mixto En la Ensenanza del Ingles Como Lengua Extranjera: Un Reto Educacional
Introduction The education process is a daily challenge for many students and teachers. Mostly, they are participants of a "game" where they assume different roles; for instance, EFL teachers must be facilitators who help students to go through...
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Fostering Skills to Enhance Critical Educators: A Pedagogical Proposal for Pre-Service Teachers/fomentando Habilidades Para Preparar a Educadores Criticos: Una Propuesta Pedagogica Para Profesores En Formacion
Introduction Our intention with this pedagogical proposal is to motivate teacher-educators to utilize movies about education and to enhance reflection on issues such as power relationships, stereotypes, gender, individuality, resistance, etc. As...
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The Common European Framework, Task-Based Learning, and Colombia: Crossroads for an Intercultural Collision or a Path under Construction for improvement?/El Marco Comun Europeo, Aprendizaje a Traves De Tareas Y Colombia: ?Encrucijada Para Una Colision Intercultural O Camino En Construccion Hacia El Mejoramiento?
Introduction The Colombian government, specifically speaking, the Ministry of Education has decided that The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (CEFR) will provide the methodological foundations...
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Reviewing the Intersection between Foreign Language Teacher Education and technology/Una Revision De la Interseccion Entre la Educacion De Profesores De Lengua Extranjera Y la Tecnologia
Introduction Teachers have conducted certain classroom practices for decades. In fact, these actions have become traditional ways to support students' learning. Thus, presenting content, involving students in researching information, getting learners...
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Annual

Editorial
I am very pleased to start by sharing with our affiliates and readership our latest achievement: the indexation of our journal in Publindex-Colciencias. The national indexing system for Colombian journals acknowledged the standards of HOW, as a scientific...
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Infrastructure and Resources of Private Schools in Cali and the Implementation of the Bilingual Colombia Program/Infraestructura Y Recursos De Los Colegios Privados En Cali Y la Implementacion del Programa Colombia Bilingue
Introduction The increasing interest in the Bilingual Colombia Program (BCP) (1) and the controversy and concern it has generated among the English language teaching (ELT) community highlight the need for studies that examine it from different perspectives....
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How Public High School Students Assume Cooperative Roles to Develop Their EFL Speaking Skills/ Como Asumen Estudiantes De Secundaria De Un Colegio Publico Roles Cooperativos Para Desarrollar Sus Habilidades De Habla
Introduction The Communicative approach has been considered by many teachers useful to foster classroom interaction; it can allow students to increase acquisition of knowledge as well as language proficiency and self-esteem. Among the methodologies...
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Exploring EFL Students' Reading Comprehension Process through Their Life Experiences and the Sight Word Strategy/Exploracion De la Comprension Lectora De Estudiantes De Ingles Como Lengua Extranjera a Traves De Sus Experiencias De Vida Y la Estrategia Sight Word
Introduction Throughout the history of mankind, education has provided people with skills that prepare them physically, mentally and socially for the world they live in. For us, as foreign language teacher-researchers, one of the most important...
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Strategies to Help ESL Students Improve Their Communicative Competence and Class Participation: A Study in a Middle school/Estrategias Para Ayudar a Mejorar la Competencia Comunicativa Y la Participacion En Clase De Estudiantes De Ingles Como Segunda Lengua: Un Estudio En Una Escuela De Educacion Media
Introduction My interest in English language teaching not only in Colombia but in other countries motivated me to become an international teacher. In 2004, when I had the opportunity to be part of a recognized middle school in North Carolina as...
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The Construction of Social Reality through the Use of the English Language: A Study with Argentinean Pre-Service Teachers/ Construccion De la Realidad Social Mediante El USO del Idioma Ingles: Un Estudio Con Profesores Argentinos De Pregrado
Introduction Individuals and groups interacting together in a social system shape, in due course, concepts or mental representations of each other's actions, and these concepts eventually become habituated into reciprocal roles played by the actors...
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The Language Portfolio as a Self-Assessment Mechanism in an English Course Aimed at Fostering Senior Students' Autonomy/ USO del Portafolio Como Mecanismo De Auto-Evaluacion En Un Curso De Ingles Tendiente a Fomentar la Autonomia En Adultos Mayores
Introduction: Opening the Comparison with a Case of Psychoanalysis A young woman comes to the office of a renowned psychoanalyst. On describing the reasons that have taken her to such place, she complains about a problem with her language (French);...
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Enhancing Listening Comprehension through a Group Work Guessing Game/ Mejora De la Comprension Auditiva Mediante El USO De Adivinanzas En Grupo
Introduction It is a well-attested fact that the listening skill plays a crucial role in the process of learning a second language yet it is probably one of the least understood skills in that it is not clear what goes on in a person's mind while...
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An Approach from Formative to Constructive Evaluation through an Autonomous Learning Process/ Propuesta De Evaluacion Formativa a Constructiva a Traves del Proceso De Aprendizaje Autonomo
Introduction This text aims to encourage reflection around the meaningand possibilities ofthe evaluation of different kinds of learning from a formative perspective and, additionally, the necessity of one's moving toward a more complex kind of evaluation...
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Elite vs. Folk Bilingualism: The Mismatch between Theories and Educational and Social Conditions/ Bilinguismo Elite vs. Popular: El Desacople Entre Las Teorias Y Las Practicas Educativas Y Sociales
Introduction The field of bilingualism is very complex and that, in part, makes defining what it is more difficult. Definitions come from different disciplines including linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, educationists, and international...
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Considering New Perspectives in ELT in Colombia: From EFL to ELF/ Consideracion De Nuevas Perspectivas En la Ensenanza del Ingles En Colombia: Del Ingles Como Lengua Extranjera Al Ingles Como Lengua Franca
Introduction The teaching of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) has been institutionalized in Colombia on the basis of the nation's development and insertion into the globalized world. English has been constantly associated with a requirement to...
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Following ASOCOPI's Board of Directors' action plans, which have been shared with our Association's affiliates in the annual assemblies, HOW has continued working towards meeting the standards of scientific journals. During the past four years we have...
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Language Policies in Colombia: The Inherited Disdain for Our Native Languages
Introduction The Ministry of Education of Colombia has produced a series of guidelines to establish the national standards for the core areas of the Colombian curriculum which are Spanish, mathematics, social and natural sciences, and citizenship...
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Promoting Critical Thinking through the Use of Portfolios and Self-Assessment
Introduction An investigation was carried out with sixth graders to analyze if self-assessment practices when using portfolios could inform their critical thinking and the role of portfolios in its development. This was done through a case study...
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Improving Reading Comprehension Skills through Reading Strategies Used by a Group of Foreign Language Learners
Introduction Many people think of reading as a skill that is taught once and for all in the first few years of school. They see reading as a simple process: readers decode, figure out how to pronounce each word in a text then automatically comprehend...
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Reading beyond the Classroom: The Effects of Extensive Reading at USTA, Tunja
Introduction As teachers at Universidad Santo Tomas de Aquino, we have the experience to teach English to students in different programs and we observed their interest in developing reading with more intensity. It enhanced us to think that reading...
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Observing before Learning: Visual Material for the Learning of English as a Foreign Language
Introduction This research was developed at Academia La Salle San Benildo School through the implementation of action research. It consists of a systematic process that was carried out in a classroom to understand and to improve the teaching practice...
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Pre-Service Teachers' Knowledge Base at la Salle University
Introduction In the 70s, researchers and educators started wondering about different knowledge domains in regard to teaching, which had a final destination and objective: "successful English learning". At the beginning, effective teaching behaviors,...
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In and out of School Literacy Practices
Introduction I have been involved in the teaching of English as a foreign language for only a few years and now, but more than ever, I have realized howimportant it is to take into account my students' literacy practices in and outside of school....
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Fostering Communication through Blogs in an International, Multi-Grade Context
Introduction The Colombian national government through its educational policies has proposed including ICTs to use in everyday teaching and learning experiences in order to enhance the pedagogical transformation that allows Colombian students to...
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An Understanding of the Concept and Conditions of Bilingualism: A Study in an EFL Setting
Introduction This research was carried out at one of the most important private schools in Ibague (San Bonifacio de Las Lanzas School or SBL), an intermediate size city of Colombia located in the center of the country, just three hours from Bogota,...
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