The Professional Development of Foreign Language Teacher Educators: Another Challenge for Professional Communities


  • Adriana González Moncada Universidad de Antioquia
  • Nelly Sierra Ospina Universidad de Antioquia


Professional development, networking, teacher research, growth, foreign language teacher education


The professional development of Colombian foreign language teacher educators faces many challenges that require individual and institutional actions as well as the participation of a community of teacher educators.  This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study in which eighteen Colombian teacher educators describe their professional alternatives to achieve higher standards in their jobs.  Data collection includes focus groups, in-depth interviews, a questionnaire, and e-mail correspondence.  The analysis showed that teaching advanced courses, doing research, attending and presenting in international conferences, being involved in reflective practice, developing autonomous agendas, and networking represent the best means to accomplish their professional growth.

Received: 30-04-05 / Accepted: 11-08-05

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González Moncada, A. (2005). The Professional Development of Foreign Language Teacher Educators: Another Challenge for Professional Communities. Íkala. 10(1), pp. 11 – 39.

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Author Biographies

Adriana González Moncada, Universidad de Antioquia

Adriana González Moncada holds a doctoral degree in Linguistics (TESOL) from State University of New York at Stony Brook.  She is an assistant professor and researcher in the field of EFL and teacher education.  She is currently the Director of the School of Languages at the Universidad de Antioquia.

Nelly Sierra Ospina, Universidad de Antioquia

Nelly Sierra Ospina holds a B.Ed in English-Spanish and a Specialization in Foreign Language Teaching from the Universidad de Antioquia. She is a teacher and researcher in the School of Languages at the Universidad de Antioquia.


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González Moncada, A., & Sierra Ospina, N. (2005). The Professional Development of Foreign Language Teacher Educators: Another Challenge for Professional Communities. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 10(1), 11–39. Retrieved from