Reflections on Educational Issues among Modern Language Students

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Anna Carolina Peñaloza
Jhonatan Vasquez Guarnizo


The following pedagogical proposal seeks to understand what types of reflections Modern Languages students reveal about educational issues when analyzing artwork within their context. We worked with twelve Modern Languages students in their fifth and sixth semester at a public university in Colombia. The students began by analyzing four murals located within the university. Then, they created their own artwork and provided reflections on each other’s pieces of art. The findings showed that the students first began analyzing visual aspects of the murals and artwork, followed by the educational issues represented in each piece. As a common theme, the students reflected on the idea that working together yields a diversity of solutions. Finally, the students demonstrated that they could benefit from reflective practices despite not having started their teaching practicum.

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Peñaloza, A. C., & Vasquez Guarnizo, J. (2019). Reflections on Educational Issues among Modern Language Students. HOW Journal, 26(1), 129-151.
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Anna Carolina Peñaloza, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona in Tucson and is currently a student of the Master’s in Language Teaching program at the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC). She teaches the Academic Writing Course at the UPTC, as well as spearheading several community service efforts to help underprivileged youth.

Jhonatan Vasquez Guarnizo, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

He holds a B.A in English Language Teaching from Universidad de la Amazonia and he is also a student of the Master’s in Language Teaching program at the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC). Currently, he is a full-time professor in the school of Modern/Foreign Languages at UPTC, as well as being a brand ambassador by promoting summer camps as cultural exchanges in the USA to language students in Colombia.


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