Implementation of audiovisual material in an early sequential bilingual model during the early years

  • Diana Carolina Durango Isaza Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia
  • Clara Inés Gonzalez Marín Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia
  • Enrique Arias Castaño Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia


This research arose from the need to consolidate a meaningful bilingual methodology for children from three to five years of age from low socioeconomic backgrounds belonging to the public education system, where they could begin learning English and Spanish by means of a bilingual methodology that provides them with the same opportunities as middle to upper class children. Its aim is to implement an Early Sequential Bilingual Methodology Model in a public Early Childhood Development Center - ECDC (Centro de Desarrollo Infantil - CDI), and to collect data from class observations, student’s responses, early childhood teachers’ and English teachers’ views as well as parents’ perceptions towards its methodology and implementation in order to consolidate the model. Likewise, it will provide children with new opportunities to develop higher cognitive and high order thinking skills that can maximize their academic performance throughout their school years. This present Early Sequential Bilingual Model is a descriptive case study funded by a public university in Colombia and was implemented in a public ECDC (CDI) in Pereira (Risaralda-Colombia) based on the bilingual methodological proposals portrayed by Rodao (2011) and Arias et al. (2015). This research project depicts and systematizes the most predominant methodological techniques employed when teaching English at public ECDCs (CDIs) and interprets their effectiveness based on the data collected from interviews, fieldnotes and surveys. This article describes the responses of three- to five-year-old children to audiovisual material implemented in class.


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Author Biographies

Diana Carolina Durango Isaza, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia

is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Childhood at Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (UTP), holds an English in Early Childhood specialization certificate from the British Council. Has earned her bachelor’s degree in ELT from the UTP and a certificate in TEFL from the University of Maryland. She holds a virtual teacher certification from the UTP and has also worked at the Colombo Americano Pereira. She is registered as a researcher in Colciencias. Her main fields of interests are: Early childhood bilingual education, translanguaging and CLIL. She has participated in international and national conferences as a presenter.

Clara Inés Gonzalez Marín, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia

holds a degree in Business administration, a bachelor’s degree in Education, and a Master’s degree in Linguistics. Has worked as an English teacher in different schools and institutions and currently works at the Licenciatura en Bilingüismo con énfasis en Inglés Program at Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. Has advised and evaluated several undergraduate research projects. She belongs to the Applied Linguistics research group – POLIGLOSIA and has participated as a presenter in international and national conferences regarding early childhood bilingual education, curriculum design and renovation, cultural awareness and the development of the intercultural competence in teaching training programs.

Enrique Arias Castaño, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia

is a Doctor in science in education, his dissertation is about a Dynamic Bilingual model for public schools based on the integration of language, content and translanguaging. He is currently the Dean of the Fine Arts and Humanities Faculty at Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (UTP). Directed the bachelor’s bilingual teaching program at UTP. He earned a M.A. in Applied Linguistics in ELT, with a research line in bilingualism and bilingual education. He has participated in international and national conferences as lecturer and presenter. His research interests focus on applied linguistics, language planning, bilingualism, and bilingual education.


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How to Cite
Durango Isaza, D. C., Gonzalez Marín, C. I., & Arias Castaño, E. (2018). Implementation of audiovisual material in an early sequential bilingual model during the early years. GiST Education and Learning Research Journal, (16), 76-99.