Through Teachers’ Eyes: The Use of Virtual Classrooms in ELT

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Jairo Enrique Castañeda
Ferney Cruz Arcila


The use of virtual environments to support as well as to complement language teaching and learning processes is becoming a recurrent practice and sometimes policy in several educational institutions. This paper reports the results of an inquiry carried out at the language center of a private university in Bogotá. Those results intended to describe EFL teachers’ viewpoints regarding the promotion of autonomous, collaborative, and meaningful learning through the use of virtual classrooms in the teaching of English as a foreign language. Findings show that the promotion of these three types of learning through the use of virtual classrooms still represents challenges in the context in which this study was carried out.

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Castañeda, J. E., & Cruz Arcila, F. (2012). Through Teachers’ Eyes: The Use of Virtual Classrooms in ELT. HOW Journal, 19(1), 76-92. Retrieved from
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Jairo Enrique Castañeda, Universidad de San Buenaventura, Bogotá

Jairo Enrique Castañeda Trujillo holds an MA in Education with emphasis on English didactics from Universidad Externado de Colombia and a BEd in Spanish and English from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional.He is currently working as a full time professor at Universidad de San Buenaventura, and part time teacher at Universidad de la Salle.

Ferney Cruz Arcila, Universidad de La Salle, Bogotá

Ferney Cruz Arcila holds an MAin Applied Linguistics to TEFL from Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas and a BEd in Spanish and English from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. He is currently working as a full time professor at Universidad de la Salle.


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