Impact of the English Program Materials in a Public University in Colombia

El rol de la reflexión en la práctica pedagógica: percepciones de docentes de idiomas en formación

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CLARA INÉS GONZÁLEZ MARÍN
NATHALIA MARÍN PALACIO
MIGUEL ANTONIO ANTONIO CARO GUTIÉRREZ

Abstract

This is the report of a research proposal that had as its main purpose the identification of the impact of the materials used for teaching an English language course in the institutional English program of a Colombian university. To this end, we made use of the descriptive research parameters to analyze the materials that were being implemented in the program, and of a pre-experimental research to determine the impact of various and new types of materials in the development of oral skills into two groups of students of the fourth level of English. The information was collected through class observation, field notes, surveys, and semi-structured interviews for both students and teachers. Findings show that the course book and non-authentic materials are prevalent in classes, and that through the new materials designed by the research group, students’ communicative competence was greatly developed

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CLARA INÉS GONZÁLEZ MARÍN, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

Administradora de Negocios de la Universidad Autónoma de Manizales, licenciada en Educación Básica con énfasis en Lengua Extranjera de la Universidad El Bosque de Bogotá y magíster en Lingüística de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. Actualmente labora como profesora de tiempo completo en el programa Licenciatura en Bilingüismo con Énfasis en Inglés de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. 

NATHALIA MARÍN PALACIO, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

Licenciada en Lengua Inglesa de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. Actualmente trabaja en el Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras (ILEX) de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

MIGUEL ANTONIO ANTONIO CARO GUTIÉRREZ, Instituto de lenguas American School Way sede Pereira

Licenciado en Lengua Inglesa de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. Ha trabajado en diferentes colegios oficiales y privados de la ciudad de Pereira como Escuela Normal Superior,  INEM Felipe Pérez y La Salle, y en institutos de lenguas como el Centro Colombo Americano, actualmente labora en el instituto de lenguas American School Way sede Pereira.

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