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Representation and identity practices of learners and teachers in the discourse of teaching English to children published in didactic materials

Grant number: 11/00078-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2011
Effective date (End): September 30, 2011
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Applied Linguistics
Principal Investigator:Maria de Fátima Silva Amarante
Grantee:Hellen Caroline de Castro Ishida
Host Institution: Faculdade de Letras. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas (PUC-CAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


With the objective of analyzing the identity practices constituted by the representation of children learners and teachers marked on the discourse of and about teaching and learning English to children, the perspective of the French Trend discourse analysis will be taken. The research corpus is circumscribed to the pedagogical and to the educational discourses of two national didactic series, one published by a national editor and the other by an international one, in order to verify whether there is confluence between the representations inscribed in their discourse. First, a bibliographical analysis will take place to build the theoretical and methodological basis. Then, we will proceed to the analysis of the linguistic materiality of discourse, that will be undergone under the light of its production conditions and with resource to an analytical instrument involving the anchoring and delegation procedures that characterize representation. Besides developing trainee researcher's abilities, it is expected that the work Will produce relevant scientific knowledge that can lead to reflection on identity practices that are constituted in and by the representations that the enunciators have of teachers and children learners of English as a foreign language, so that it Will be possible to act discursively upon the governamentality that educational and pedagogical discourses institute and that, in the contemporary scenario, are pressed by the growth of the globalization process. (AU)

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