The contribution of customized lessons with cultural content in the learning of EFL among undergraduates

La contribución de lecciones personalizadas con contenido cultural en el aprendizaje del inglés como lengua extranjera en estudiantes de pregrado

  • Hans Humberto Oviedo Gómez Universidad de la Amazonia
  • Henry Alberto Álvarez Guayara Universidad de la Amazonia
Keywords: Cultural content, culture, customized lessons, EFL learning, materials development (en_US)
Keywords: aprendizaje del inglés como lengua extranjera, contenido cultural, cultura, desarrollo de materiales, lecciones personalizadas (es_ES)

Abstract (en_US)

This qualitative descriptive action research study explores the contribution of customized lessons with cultural content in the learning of English as a Foreign Language (EFL).. This study was conducted with a group of 17 undergraduates from the English Language Teaching (ELT) program at a state university in south-eastern Colombia. Data were collected via students’ artefacts (EFL lessons developed by the participants) with corresponding self-assessment, teachers’ field notes, and surveys on students’ perceptions. Findings suggest that designing customized lessons anchored in principles of second language acquisition results in more effective language learning. Additionally, using cultural content in the lessons makes communication more meaningful as undergraduates develop cultural knowledge and understanding. Finally, addressing learning styles and providing learning strategies in the lessons greatly contribute to EFL learning among undergraduates.

Abstract (es_ES)

El presente estudio acción-participación de carácter cualitativo-descriptivo explora la contribución de lecciones personalizadas con contenido cultural en el aprendizaje del inglés como lengua extranjera. Este estudio se llevó a cabo con un grupo de 17 estudiantes de pregrado de la Licenciatura en Inglés de una universidad pública en el sureste de Colombia. Los instrumentos que se usaron para recolectar datos fueron los artefactos de los estudiantes (lecciones desarrolladas por los participantes) con su correspondiente autoevaluación, notas de campo de los docentes y encuestas sobre la percepción de los estudiantes. Los hallazgos de esta investigación sugieren que diseñar lecciones personalizadas basadas en principios de adquisición de la segunda lengua resulta en un aprendizaje más efectivo de la misma. Además de esto, el uso de contenido cultural en las lecciones, hace la comunicación más significativa ya que los estudiantes de pregrado desarrollan conocimiento y entendimiento cultural. Finalmente, tener en cuenta los estilos de aprendizaje y proveer estrategias de aprendizaje inmersas en las lecciones, contribuye al aprendizaje del inglés como lengua extranjera en los estudiantes de pregrado.

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Author Biographies

Hans Humberto Oviedo Gómez, Universidad de la Amazonia

Hans Humberto Oviedo Gómez is a part-time teacher in the ELT programme from Universidad de la Amazonia. He got his M.A. in ELT at Universidad Surcolombiana. He is a Language Teacher from this Universidad de la Amazonia. He has also got a degree as Administrador de Empresas and a Specialization in Gerencia Estrategica de Mercadeo. In his line of research, he works on Materials development, culture and EFL learning.

Henry Alberto Álvarez Guayara, Universidad de la Amazonia
Henry Alberto Álvarez Guayara is a part-time teacher in the ELT programme from Universidad de la Amazonia. He got his M.A. in ELT at Universidad Surcolombiana. He is a Language Teacher from Universidad de la Amazonia.  In his line of research, he works on Materials development, culture and EFL learning.

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How to Cite
Oviedo Gómez, H. H., & Álvarez Guayara, H. A. (2019). The contribution of customized lessons with cultural content in the learning of EFL among undergraduates. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 1(21), 15-43. https://doi.org/10.14483/22487085.11877
Published: 2019-04-23
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Research Articles