Gender diversity in English teaching

Including topics related to the LGBTQIAP+ world in classes is a way to promote respect for each person's sexual orientation and gender identity

Observatory promotes webinar ‘Race, Gender and English Teaching in Brazil’ on June 10th

The Observatory for English Language Teaching promotes, on June 10th, at 5 pm, the webinar “Race, Gender and the Teaching of English in Brazil: for a more inclusive teacher education”. At the online event, which will be in Portuguese, we will present how issues of race and gender manifest themselves in English language teaching. It […]

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 [...]

Scope & Sequence: final years of Elementary School – English language

The Scope & Sequence describes and organizes the learning objectives, skills and knowledge to be addressed in the final years of Elementary School and in High School, as indicated by the Common National Curricular Base (BNCC), demonstrating equivalences with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) descriptors. It also presents a suggestion for a logical sequence and progression development within the same year, in the case of the final years of Elementary School, and within the [...]

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, […]

Bilingualism in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Finding Meaning in Translation

Over the past 2 years, we have conducted a large number of clinical research evaluations in bilingual and immigrant families raising children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through this work, it has become clear to us that caregivers are often left, many times at a high emotional cost, with the difficult task of deciding if […]

Social identities of race and english teacher education development

This paper is a part of a larger piece of research, which is ongoing. That research is being accomplished with the participation and collaboration of two English language teachers at a public school in the state of Paraná. This specific paper aims to reflect about some perceptions of these English Language teachers about social identities […]

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 […]

Social identities of black females in english language textbooks used in Brazil and Cameroon

This article analyzes how the social identities of black females are represented in English-language textbooks used in Brazil and Cameroon; the intention is to generate reflections on how these social identities are portrayed. This research is linked to my participation in an international research project involving universities in Brazil and Cameroon. In the article I […]