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Teacher training and the use of ICTs in the English classroom

Grant number: 18/20647-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2018
Effective date (End): November 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Languages
Principal Investigator:Rita de Cassia Barbirato
Grantee:Renan Mateus Tudela
Host Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The need to train teachers for the use of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the classroom is a great challenge for higher education institutions in Brazil (CARDOSO, 2015). In addition, a discussion on the subject is still absent in the curriculum of most undergraduate courses (MARTINS; MOREIRA, 2012). Therefore, this research aims to investigate and understand the perception of a group of Languages and Literature students of a federal university in the state of São Paulo on the use of ICTs in teaching English and on how the undergraduate course has helped them to make use of ICTs in their classes. In order to reach these objectives, a questionnaire and an interview will be used as research tools. In addition, lesson plans developed by the participants will be analyzed. The hope is that the present study will help to achieve a better understanding on how the Languages and Literature course contributes (or not) to the students' acquisition of a deeper knowledge about ICTs and how to use them in the process of teaching and learning English.

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