Language and superdiversity

This paper explores the scope for research on language and superdiversity. Following a protracted process of paradigm shift, sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology are well placed to engage with the contemporary social changes associated with superdiversity. After a brief introductory discussion of what superdiversity entails, the paper outlines key theoretical and methodological developments in language study: named languages have now been denaturalized, the linguistic is treated as [...]

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. In this TED Talk video, novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. About the speaker: Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and stories are jewels in the crown of [...]

Decolonial approach brings a critical look at the teaching of the English language

By giving space and voice to productions from countries considered peripheral, students learn to value this knowledge, understand the wider meaning of studying a foreign language and bridge the gap between global debates and their local realities

Developing lower secondary learners’ awareness of cultural diversity through projects

In today’s highly interconnected world, contact with different cultures is increasingly frequent. The 21st century skills framework highlights social and cross-cultural skills, the importance of respecting cultural differences and communicating effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Considering that lower secondary learners are still developing the ability to consider diverse perspectives and that this occurs significantly in mid-adolescence, lower [...]

Racism in English Language Teaching: Autobiographical Narratives of Black English Language Teachers in Brazil

A hundred thirty years after the abolition of slavery and post-slave trade in Brazil, Black people remain the minority amongst teachers in English courses of private and public schools. This situation is tagged in their professional situation insofar as an aftermath of racism and coloniality are concerned, as I shall argue here. In this study, […]

Learners’ voices about race/ethnicity at school: perceptions about didactic materials

This work aims to reflect on some issues surrounding the social identities of race /ethnicity in didactic materials (or teaching materials) of male and female students in two 8th grade classes in two schools in the city of Cascavel, Paraná. These reflections focus on interviews with students at the aforementioned schools. The theoretical framework used […]

The role of teacher training in accommodating diversity: security and preparation for a diverse classroom

A student of English is expected to be able to communicate in the language to thus broaden their personal and professional horizons. And this is valid for everyone. What are the challenges of teaching English ensuring inclusion and accommodating diversity?