Towards the Use of Focus on Form Instruction in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching in Colombia


  • Diego Fernando Macías Universidad Surcolombiana, Neiva – Colombia



English linguistic forms, focus on form instruction, foreign language learning and teaching


The present article seeks to encourage reflection on the meaning and potential of focus on form instruction as an alternative to improve the foreign language learning and teaching process of young and adult learners in Colombia. Initially, the concept and types of focus on form instruction are introduced, a brief rationale follows and findings from studies in this area are presented. Similarly, this manuscript discusses how this type of instruction might help students of English as a Foreign Language, especially young and adult learners, to communicate successfully as they gain knowledge of English linguistic forms. Finally, pedagogical implications are discussed and suggestions are offered regarding the use of focus on form instruction in the Colombian context.

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Author Biography

Diego Fernando Macías, Universidad Surcolombiana, Neiva – Colombia

holds a Master’s degree in English from Governors State University and a Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Brighton. He currently works as assistant professor of English and English literature at Universidad Surcolombiana, Neiva–Colombia


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How to Cite

Macías, D. F. (2011). Towards the Use of Focus on Form Instruction in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching in Colombia. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 16(3), 127–143.



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