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The construction of bilingual didactic material including indigenous language and culture in correspondence with Federal Law 11.465/08

Abstract

This research project belongs to the research line "Indigenous School Education and Indigenous University" of the Research Group LEETRA "Languages, ethnicities and styles in transition" (CNPq). Through this project, I intend to carry on research I have been developing for the last two years during the project "Literacy, rhythm and ethnicity" (2009/13871-4). I propose research focused on the understanding of socio-cognitive, discursive and identity processes inherent in language practices emphasizing the construction of didactic material as a cultural artifact (Bartlett, 2007), in order to supply the requirements from federal law 11.465/08 in what concerns the incorporation of indigenous themes in school curricula from elementary degrees to High School. Among other approaches, I explore critical discourse analysis (Fairclough, 2001), the concept of discourse genres (Bakhtin, 1995, 1997; Swales, 1990; Bhatia, 2004), Activity Theory (Leontiev, 2000; Vigotski, 2001; Jantzen; 2008); and Cultural Semiotics theory (Lotman, 2005). In this project, I also emphasize the concepts of cultural artifact (Bartlet, 2007) and of actor-network (Latour, 2005). Data will be gathered on the basis of qualitative, interpretative and participative ethnographic research: a) inside the campus; b) in indigenous communities; c) inside digital centers; d) in Mexico, for data generation concerning similar experiences. The collection of these data is supposed to be enhanced by means of "Affirmative Actions" existing in the Federal University of São Carlos. I hope to contribute to empower the formation of indigenous intercultural basic school and to the implementation of Affirmative Actions in public universities, as well as to the implementation of federal law 11.465/08. (AU)