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SNIES Medellín 102253.
Res. No. 420 del 23 de enero de 2013 - 7 años
Progran length: 4 academic semesters
Modality: On-site, with technological support. Research
Credits: 49
Admissions: open


Classes take place every other weekend at the Laureles Campus, as follows:
Fridays from 4:00 p. m. to 10:00 p. m. Saturdays from 8:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m.


The Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching Processes in Second Languages (ML2) intends to actively participate in the constant changes taking place in the field of languages in our regional and national contexts. In this sense, the Program proposes three moments:

  • A reflexivity on what it means to learn a second language, taking into account pedagogical, didactic, cognitive, and psychological features.
  • The recognition that both learning and teaching processes take place in diverse and constantly evolving contexts, thus needing new proposals that truly respond to the current language debates.
  • The production of high-quality research to generate solid proposals that will enable program graduates to execute better and more contextualized educational practices in their classrooms.

English Emphasis - Rationale

Today, English is, without a doubt, a global tool to understand and express political, social, economic, and cultural conditions affecting individuals. Language today is an intercultural system that facilitates the discovery and validation of multiple scientific, political, economic, social, and cultural constructs that surface in different geographical contexts. However, in today’s environments, there are even bigger questions about the role of English as a tool for equality or marginalization (Luke, 2004; Mora & Golovátina-Mora, 2011), how we define English vis-à-vis language policy (Vásquez, 2012), and how we must understand bilingualism (Golovátina-Mora, 2012) in the context of a multicultural and plurilinguistic society such as Colombia (Mora, 2012a).

It is, then, the interest of this Emphasis the learning and teaching of English as a second language (Mora, 2012b), understanding second languages (Mora, 2013) as those learned in addition to one’s mother language. The learning of a second language takes place within and beyond the classroom, including technology-mediated environments. Through the curricular design and research development, the Emphasis intends to provide new ways to understand the new interactions taking place in today’s learning and social environments. The curriculum will introduce new ways to understand language learning and use today, new debates about the socio-cultural aspects surrounding English, and a renewed vision of research in the field of second languages.

Target audience

Teaching professionals holding a BA in English, language teaching specialists, and other educators and professionals from diverse areas with language teaching background interested in doing research in the field of language learning and teaching.

Professional profile

A graduate from the Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching Processes in Second Languages will be able to:

  • Actively participate and lead processes to build educational and pedagogical knowledge in second language contexts within the school system.
  • Lead initiatives that transform pedagogical and curricular processes surrounding the acts of learning and teaching languages through their knowledge, capabilities and competences.
  • Propose reflexivity moments about what it means to learn and teach second languages in diverse language education and practice settings.
  • Construct conceptual frames that inform where second language practices, both in and out of the classroom, should respond to social changes in the upcoming decades.
  • Formulate applied research projects to generate educational and pedagogical knowledge.

In the case of the English Emphasis, graduates will:

  • Assume leadership roles in the English learning and teaching processes in Colombia, in light of the most recent theories and educational initiatives and policies.
  • Contribute to the articulation of Information and Communication Technologies in pedagogical and didactic English learning and teaching practices.
  • Remain updated on the market trends and conditions regarding educational and research proposals for English learning and teaching in Colombia and the world.

Admission process

In order to enter the program, all applicants must:

  • Certify a Bachelor’s degree, in basic, applied, human, or social sciences. Applicants with a Graduate Specialization degree in English Teaching are also eligible.
  • Certify high-intermediate competence (B2) in English through an international proficiency test as admission requirement. Note: Applicants whose mother language is English should certify B2 proficiency in Spanish as admission requirement.
  • Fill out the admission form
  • Submit the following documents to the Registrar's Office:
    • Copy of Bachelor’s diploma (including filing information) and, if applicable, Graduate Specialization.
    • Applicants of Graduate Specialization program at UPB who graduated in the last six years should also submit their transcripts for assessment of academic history for potential credit recognition after being admitted into the program.
    • Updated Curriculum Vitae.
    • Copy of valid ID.
    • Invoice payment for admission fee. This can be done through the virtual payment button, by printing the stub to be paid in the bank, or at the University cashiers. The admission fee is non-refundable.
    • Copy of international proficiency test.
    • NOTE: Applicants who do not submit all the documents will not be called for the written examination.
  • Take a written examination to show their early thoughts about their research topics.
  • Attend an admission interview.

Foreign applicants Tips to face the programm admission process

Investment per semester 2016

6.100.000 COP + student insurance (63.000 COP) + student ID (37.000 COP).


Academic Coordinator
Raúl Alberto Mora Vélez, Ph.D.
Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching
Processes in Second Languages
Circular 1ª No. 70-01. Bloque 6, piso 3
Phone: (574) 4488388 Ext. 12045
Campus Laureles, Medellín


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