What has race/etnicity got to do with EFL teaching?
by Aparecida De Jesus Ferreira, Professora Universitária at UEPG - Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa on Jun 04, 2012
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This article examines the way that some EFL (English as a foreign ...
This article examines the way that some EFL (English as a foreign
language) teachers in Green City (South of Brazil) understand and address the
issue of cultural plurality as a cross-curricular theme (CPCCT) and issues of race/
ethnicity. The reason that CPCCT is such an important issue in Brazil is that it is
a diverse society with a tradition of upholding the myth of racial democracy. The
main argument in this article is that, unless teachers have an adequate understanding
of issues of race/ethnicity, issues of CPCCT will be addressed inadequately in
schools. This article is based on a qualitative research I carried out in the south of
Brazil. According to my findings, teachers’ own orientations to CPCCT might be
associated with the celebration of diversity in Brazil, rather than challenging to
deconstruct racism that exists in Brazilian society.
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