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Suma Psicológica

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ALONSO C., Julio César; ESTRADA, Daniela; MUECES, Brigitte Vanessa  and  SANDOVAL-ESCOBAR, Marithza. Analysis of second language competences in Colombian psychology programs. Suma Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.25, n.2, pp.122-132. ISSN 0121-4381.  http://dx.doi.org/10.14349/sumapsi.2018.v25.n2.4.

This study aimed to identify the English proficiency of future graduates of Colombian psychology programs. To this end, we analyze the results of the mandatory English component of the State Examination of Quality of Higher Education (Saber Pro) presented by future graduates of the psychology programs between 2011 and 2016. The document also compares the results by the delivery method (face-to-face, virtual and distance) and national accreditation. The Colombian Government set the exit target that 20% of undergraduates should reach at least pre-advance by 2014. The results show that, of the 102 programs, only 6 met the goal in 2014. All programs that reached the target used a face-to-face delivery method. Results also show that 13% of the accredited 30 programs in that year met the goal. The results are discussed in light of the goals established by the national government regarding the level of graduate English and the communication skills set for the psychologists in the Tuning project, among others.

Keywords : psychologist competences; Tuning project; bilingualism; second language; Saber Pro.

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