Reflective Teaching: An Approach to Enrich the English Teaching Professional Practice

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Marian Lissett Olaya Mesa


This study provides an overview and exploration of 23 national and international reflective teaching research reports. The purpose of this study is to determine the extent that reflective teaching can become a strategy for language teaching professional development. Based on content analysis four main topics emerged: (a) reflective teaching as an approach to enhance the language profession; (b) impact on teacher’s performance; (c) support, time, and effort; and (d) in-service professional development. Conclusions indicated that reflective teaching is an alternative to raise awareness about English language teaching, and as a means to encourage teachers to open their minds, update their teaching methodologies, and make adjustments to their lessons.

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Olaya Mesa, M. L. (2018). Reflective Teaching: An Approach to Enrich the English Teaching Professional Practice. HOW, 25(2), 149–170.
Reflections and Revision of Themes
Author Biography

Marian Lissett Olaya Mesa, language teacher at uptc

Marian Lissett Olaya Mesa holds a BA in foreign languages from Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia and an MA in English language teaching for self-directed learning from Universidad de la Sabana (Colombia). She has been an English language teacher for nine years in which she has gained a lot of experience teaching English for engineering programs. She is currently the coordinator of the international language institute in the city of Sogamoso (Colombia).


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