A Task-based Teacher Development Program in a Rural Public School in Colombia

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Claudia Camila Coronado Rodríguez
Luisa Fernanda Aguilar Peña
María Fernanda Jaime-Osorio

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This document reports on a research study carried out in a rural public school in Colombia. The aim of the study was to identify the impact of a task-based teacher development program on three primary school teachers’ teaching practices. To this effect, we used a survey, classroom observations, and semi-structured interviews before and after the implementation of the development program. We identified that teachers' perceptions, beliefs, and realities in their teaching practice influenced their performance, inside and outside the classroom. The results also showed that participants improved their teaching practices regarding the processes of lesson planning and materials design. They also improved their English language performance regarding pronunciation and vocabulary use.

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Coronado-RodríguezC. C., Aguilar-PeñaL. F., & Jaime-OsorioM. F. (2022). A Task-based Teacher Development Program in a Rural Public School in Colombia. HOW Journal, 29(1), 64-83. https://doi.org/10.19183/how.29.1.640
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Author Biographies

Claudia Camila Coronado Rodríguez, Universidad Surcolombiana

She holds a B.A. in English Language and an M.A in English Language Teaching from Universidad Surcolombiana, Colombia. She is currently a full-time English Language professor at the School of Languages at Universidad Santo Tomas in Villavicencio.

Luisa Fernanda Aguilar Peña, Universidad Surcolombiana

She holds a BA in English Language from Universidad de la Amazonia, Colombia and an MA in English Language Teaching from Universidad Surcolombiana, Colombia. She is currently an English teacher at San Marcos School in Acevedo, Huila.

María Fernanda Jaime-Osorio, Universidad Surcolombiana

She is a full-time professor at Universidad Surcolombiana. She holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana. She is the director of the research group ILESEARCH. She is currently the chair of the EFL program at Universidad Surcolombiana in Neiva.

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