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Teachers' Education: meanings in the relationship self-other in the process of interaction within the context of Portuguese as a second language

Grant number: 11/16227-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): June 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Applied Linguistics
Principal researcher:Nelson Viana
Grantee:Marina Ayumi Izaki Gómez
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

ABSTRACTThis research focuses on the process of interaction between the teacher and foreign learners in the context of Portuguese as a second language classroom. The investigation will be oriented by Bakhtin's theory of language and by assumptions of the Communicative Approach to the teaching of foreign languages. Considering that interaction represents a key word within the framework of Bakhtin´s ideas, and that human beings are social agents who are constructed in/by interaction, it is possible to assume that the development of an extensive comprehension of the relationship self-other within the context of second language learning/teaching is of considerable importance, especially in the contemporary context of language teaching, theoretically oriented by assumptions of the communicative approach which emphasizes meaningful interactions and allows us to take the class as an important stage of cultural and social-historical constructions. We expect that this research will help to develop critical reflection and comprehension related to the area of Portuguese as a second (or foreign) language, thus offering contribution to the teacher´s education process.

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