Who is Educating EFL Teachers: a Qualitative Study of in-service in Colombia

  • Adriana González Universidad de Antioquia
Keywords: , teacher education, professional development, in-service training, conferences, continuing education


This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study designed to explore the professional needs of EFL teachers. Data collection techniques included focus groups, a questionnaire, and in-depth interviews. The results suggest that many EFL teachers may not experience the benefits of the professional options provided by institutions of higher education; less formal and structured training opportunities, such as professional conferences and publishers' sessions,  are considered by many of them as the real agents of their education.  The implications of these beliefs for the professionalization of the teachers are discussed.

Received: 25-08-03 / Accepted: 29-09-03

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González, A. (2003). Who is Educating EFL Teachers: a Qualitative Study of in-service in Colombia. Íkala. 8(1), pp. 153 – 172 

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Author Biography

Adriana González, Universidad de Antioquia
Doctor of Arts in Linguistics (TESOL), profesora tiempo completo, Escuela de Idiomas, Universidad de Antioquia.


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