English Language Policy Relevance in a Colombian Rural Area: A Case Study in Antioquia

  • Ángela María Roldán Universidad Católica Luis Amigó
  • Oscar Alberto Peláez-Henao Universidad Católica Luis Amigó https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3202-036X
Keywords: language policy, bilingualism, English language teaching in rural areas, ELT, foreign language teaching

Abstract

Given that language policies are issued by the national government with the intention of regulating the teaching and learning of a foreign language, this article aims to report the results of an investigation on how some representative citizens of the community in general, from a municipality located northern of the department of Antioquia perceive those policies and their relevance in the specific rural communities. The community representatives who participated in the study were two participants from the administrative sector (the town mayor and the SENA coordinator – ‘Regional Norte’); two participants from the commercial sector (a manager from a recognized bank and a local savings cooperative manager) and 3 participants from the education sector (a public school’ principal, a private school teacher and an eleven grade student from a public institution). The research study followed the parameters of the qualitative research and the case study method and it had as main data collection techniques the document analysis and interviews done to the seven (7) representatives from the municipality chosen to participate in the study. The main finding was that according to the perception of the citizens who participated in this study, the language policy being implemented by the National Government on bilingualism has become an ethereal speech to the inhabitants of rural areas, while policies are perceived as homogenizing proposals that do not meet the needs of rural communities, and ultimately are not being implemented effectively.

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Author Biographies

Ángela María Roldán, Universidad Católica Luis Amigó

M.A in Education (UPB). Specialist in Teaching English (UPB). B.A in Basic Education with Emphasis in English (Funlam). Professor at the Luis Amigó Catholic University and member of the research group "Educación, infancia y lenguas extranjeras".

Oscar Alberto Peláez-Henao, Universidad Católica Luis Amigó

M.A in Education (UPB). Specialist in Teaching English (UPB). Professor at the Luis Amigó University Foundation and member of the research group "Educación, infancia y lenguas extranjeras".

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Published
2017-02-24
How to Cite
Roldán Ángela M., & Peláez-Henao O. A. (2017). English Language Policy Relevance in a Colombian Rural Area: A Case Study in Antioquia. Íkala, 22(1), 121-139. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ikala.v22n01a08
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Case Studies