EFL in Public Schools in Mexico: Dancing Around the Ring?

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Nora M. Basurto Santos
Jolene R. Gregory Weathers


The teaching and learning of English as a foreign language has a long tradition within the Mexican public education system. Unfortunately, this endeavor has been unsuccessful for the most part throughout the country. In this paper, we share and compare the results of two studies, ten years apart, whose data collections were carried out in very similar contexts. Both studies looked at what is happening in practice from the teachers’ perspectives. Class observation, interviews, and official documents were important sources of information. We conclude that even though there has been ten years between these two studies there seem to be no changes that could enhance the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language in public schools.

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Basurto Santos, N. M., & Gregory Weathers, J. R. (2016). EFL in Public Schools in Mexico: Dancing Around the Ring?. HOW Journal, 23(1), 68-84. https://doi.org/10.19183/how.23.1.297
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Nora M. Basurto Santos, Universidad Veracruzana

Nora M. Basurto Santos holds a PhD in ELT and Applied Linguistics from Warwick University in England. She is a full-time researcher at the Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico, where she teachers in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in English as Foreign Language and Applied Linguistics.

Jolene R. Gregory Weathers, Universidad Veracruzana

Jolene R. Gregory Weathers holds a BA in Biology/Pre-med from Colorado State University (USA). She has 15 years of classroom experience in teaching EFL in Mexico. Currently, she is studying for a Master’s in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico).


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