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Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal 2006, 8

Author: Norma Constanza Durán

Source: http://www.redalyc.org/articulo.oa?id=305726654003


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Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal ISSN: 0123-4641 caljournal@yahoo.com Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas Colombia Constanza Durán, Norma Exploring gender differences in the EFL classroom Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, núm.
8, septiembre, 2006, pp.
123-136 Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas Bogotá, Colombia Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=305726654003 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative RESEARCH ARTICLES Exploring gender differences in the EFL classroom Norma Constanza Durán Abstract This article aims to describe a case study which explores teacher and students` conceptions about gender in an EFL setting and the way they are manifested in their discourse patterns.
This exploratory case study was carried out with a group of eleventh grade students and an English teacher at Liceo de la Universidad Católica high school in Bogotá Colombia.
The data collected included direct observation of classroom interaction, audio and video recording of the teacher and students` interactions and interviews on the teacher’s and students` discourse.
The analysis of the data revealed that in fact there are imbalances in relation to boys` and girls` participation during interaction, made manifest by verbal and nonverbal attitudes. There is also sound evidence of girls’ low self esteem in response to the lack of value and respect granted to their opinions by their male peers.
Stereotypes are part of teachers’ and students’ conceptions regarding gender and thus they are maintained to a great extent.
The teacher’s attitude in the classroom with respect to boys and girls also appeared to show inequality that favoured boys.
The girls showed evidence of awareness of the ...





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