Pre-service Teachers’ Knowledge Base at La Salle University

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Anderson Cárdenas
Juan Manuel Suárez Osorio


This paper reports on the outcomes of a recent study carried out at Universidad de La Salle, which intended to describe and reflect upon what five (5) pre-service teachers from last semesters pointed out as the most important elements of knowledge base that teachers should know in order to become English language teachers. The instruments utilized in this qualitative research to gather information from the participants were students’ journals, a phenomenological interview and a survey. Results indicate that elements such as the language (English) command, students’ preferences and realities, and the control of a class, among others, come to be essential areas teachers should be knowledgeable in.

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Cárdenas, A., & Suárez Osorio, J. M. (2009). Pre-service Teachers’ Knowledge Base at La Salle University. HOW Journal, 16(1), 113-130. Retrieved from
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Anderson Cárdenas, Universidad de La Salle, Bogotá

Anderson Cárdenas holds a B.A. in Spanish, English and French from Universidad de La Salle. He has worked at Instituto Meyer and teaches at Centro Colombo Americano and Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano.

Juan Manuel Suárez Osorio, Universidad de La Salle, Bogotá

Juan Manuel Suárez holds a B.A. in Spanish, English and French from Universidad de La Salle. He has worked as an English teacher at Organización OANDES and Universidad UNILATINA. He is currently working at Centro Colombo Americano.


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