Rethinking curriculum in the linguistics component of a major on bilingual education

  • Carlos Arias-Cepeda Institución Universitaria Colombo Americana - ÚNICA
  • Sandra Rojas Institución Universitaria Colombo Americana-ÚNICA
Keywords: linguistics, curriculum, bilingual education, tertiary education

Abstract

The aim of this article is to report the partial findings resulting from a phenomenological study that intends to document the theoretical and empirical sources to inform a curricular proposal for the linguistic component of a major on bilingual education. From the theoretical point of view, this paper will present several perspectives about curriculum in tertiary education and the role of linguistics in a major on bilingual education. As for the empirical data, the paper will document how some professors in the second language teaching and linguistics fields, when analyzing the linguistic component of the curriculum in the major, advocate for a conscious use of metalanguage, the choice of content that empower student teachers to build their praxis and compete in their field,  the use of the first and second language for instruction, and a switch towards the problemic nature of the object of study rather than the subdiscipline fragmentation of knowledge. This paper also triangulates some of the participants’ perspectives with existing theory in an attempt to reach more informed grounds for a curricular proposal.

Author Biographies

Carlos Arias-Cepeda, Institución Universitaria Colombo Americana - ÚNICA

Carlos Augusto Arias-Cepeda holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics to TEFL from Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas and is currently studying a PhD on Education with emphasis on ELT in the same university.  He is currently working as a full- time professor at the Institución Universitaria Colombo Americana (ÚNICA), where he has taught linguistics, pedagogy, research, and English. His research interests include EFL, linguistics, language identity, and critical discourse analysis.

Sandra Rojas, Institución Universitaria Colombo Americana-ÚNICA

Sandra Liliana Rojas Molina holds a B.A in Philology and Languages from Unviersidad Nacional de Colombia and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics to the teaching of Languages from Barcelona University. She is currently working as a part- time professor at the Institución Universitaria Colombo Americana (ÚNICA), where she has taught subjects including linguistics, language and society, pedagogy and second language, and communication theory.

Published
2017-06-29
How to Cite
Arias-Cepeda, C., & Rojas, S. (2017). Rethinking curriculum in the linguistics component of a major on bilingual education. GIST – Education and Learning Research Journal, (14), 135-157. https://doi.org/10.26817/16925777.361
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