TEFL principles for teaching English in changing Times


Bonilla Medina, S. X 2012. TEFL principles for teaching English in changing Times. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal. 14 (2), pp. 181-192.
AuthorsBonilla Medina, S. X

Today’s society is influenced by new information technologies, which causes important sociological changes that impact education. As such, the field of EFL today demands different abilities and attitudes from teachers. This paper has two objectives: first, to initiate a reflection on the EFL teachers’ role, taking as an assumption that teachers have been influenced by cultural background experiences in their professional development and that this has caused them to develop a narrow view of ideal methods which may not be appealing for nowadays situations, and second, to propose three principles in foreign language teaching that will allow seeing EFL tasks from a wider view: 1) evaluating what comes from one’s cultural background that conforms to a general understanding of what teaching is, 2) re-shaping the teachers’ role in order to align with society’s demands and 3) assuming a dialogic process to building classroom strategies for language teaching and learning.

KeywordsTeaching a Foreign Language, Cultural Background, Teachers’ role, Dialogic Process
JournalColombian Applied Linguistics Journal
Journal citation14 (2), pp. 181-192
PublisherUniversidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas
Accepted author manuscript
Web address (URL)http://revistas.udistrital.edu.co/ojs/index.php/calj/article/view/3931
Publication dates
PrintDec 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Apr 2013
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