Local Epistemological Perceptions that Underlie EFL Literature and Teaching Practices in Colombia

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Martha Isabel Bonilla-Mora
Johanna Patricia López-Urbina


This study aims to understand the local and updated epistemological perceptions of the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language (EFL) in Colombia from the voices of English language university teachers. This qualitative research emerges as part of a hermeneutical perspective which allowed the authors to analyze experiences, perceptions, and understandings of teachers in the foreign language-teaching field. Data collection instruments included a literature review using framework matrices and semi-structured interviews. After data analysis, three categories emerged: Pertinence and Relevance of Teaching and Learning of EFL, Teaching and Learning of EFL, and The State of Bilingualism. The study concludes with the recommendation of promoting the teaching and learning of foreign languages based on contextualized necessities of Colombia. We draw attention to the cultural and linguistic diversity in our country. In addition, we raise awareness among preservice teachers towards an epistemological reconstruction that involves the ecology of knowledge, engaging them in critical knowledge and practices from outside the Eurocentric vision. 

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Bonilla-Mora, M. I., & López-Urbina, J. P. (2021). Local Epistemological Perceptions that Underlie EFL Literature and Teaching Practices in Colombia. HOW Journal, 28(2), 11-31. https://doi.org/10.19183/how.28.2.598
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Martha Isabel Bonilla-Mora, Universidad Santo Tomas

She is an EFL teacher and researcher at Licenciatura en Lengua Extranjera Inglés at Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia. She holds a master’s degree in education from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. Her research works mainly core on the narratives about the English teaching and learning contexts in Colombia

Johanna Patricia López-Urbina, Universidad Santo Tomas

She is a teacher at Licenciatura en Lengua Extranjera Inglés at Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia. She holds a BA in Philology and Languages and a Master’s Degree in Education. She has worked with teachers and pre-service teachers in the rural and urban areas in Colombia.


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