Vol 17, No 1 (2015) January-June


Reflections on Praxis

The design process of a reading comprehension manual

El proceso de diseño de un manual de comprensión de lectura


  • Sergio Alonso Lopera Medina Universidad de Antioquia


lengua extranjera (LE), diseño de material, lectura (es).


FL reading, material design, professional development (en).


Abstract (en)

Material design is an important part in the teaching practices. This article describes the process of material design of a foreign language (FL) reading manual for undergraduate students at Universidad de Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia). Action research was used as methodological guide to design the manual. Four in-service English teachers participated in the process of the design and they took into account issues such as the program of reading comprehension I, readings that contain cultural information and active background knowledge, reading with visual aids, and exercises that involved pre-, while-, and post-reading activities. As a result, a sample of a reading strategy is given in order to illustrate how teachers worked and designed the manual. Conclusions suggest that the process of designing a manual helped teachers understand their beliefs and practice in teaching reading in a foreign language.

Abstract (es)

El diseño de material es una parte importante en las prácticas de enseñanza. Este artículo describe el proceso de diseño de material de un manual de lectura en lengua extranjera (LE) para los estudiantes de pregrado de la Universidad de Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia). La investigación-acción se utilizó como guía metodológica para el diseño del manual. Cuatro profesores de inglés participaron en el diseño del manual y tuvieron en cuenta elementos tales como el programa de comprensión de lectura I, lecturas que contuvieran información cultural y que activaran el conocimiento previo, lecturas con ayudas visuales y ejercicios que involucraran actividades de pre, mientras y post lectura. Como resultado se brinda una muestra de estrategia de lectura que ilustra como los profesores trabajaron y diseñaron el material. Las conclusiones sugieren que el proceso de diseño de este manual ayudó a los profesores a entender sus creencias y prácticas en enseñanza de lectura como lengua extranjera.


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Lopera Medina, S. A. (2015). The design process of a reading comprehension manual. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 17(1), 130–141.


Lopera Medina, S.A. 2015. The design process of a reading comprehension manual. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal. 17, 1 (May 2015), 130–141. DOI:


Lopera Medina, S. A. The design process of a reading comprehension manual. Colomb. appl. linguist. j 2015, 17, 130-141.


LOPERA MEDINA, S. A. The design process of a reading comprehension manual. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, [S. l.], v. 17, n. 1, p. 130–141, 2015. DOI: 10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2015.1.a09. Disponível em: Acesso em: 2 jul. 2022.


Lopera Medina, Sergio Alonso. 2015. “The design process of a reading comprehension manual”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal 17 (1):130-41.


Lopera Medina, S. A. (2015) “The design process of a reading comprehension manual”, Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 17(1), pp. 130–141. doi: 10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2015.1.a09.


S. A. Lopera Medina, “The design process of a reading comprehension manual”, Colomb. appl. linguist. j, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 130–141, May 2015.


Lopera Medina, S. A. “The design process of a reading comprehension manual”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, vol. 17, no. 1, May 2015, pp. 130-41, doi:10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2015.1.a09.


Lopera Medina, Sergio Alonso. “The design process of a reading comprehension manual”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal 17, no. 1 (May 6, 2015): 130–141. Accessed July 2, 2022.


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