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 [...]

Decoloniality at school, from the perspective of school leaders

English language teacher, who worked in teacher training, and library manager, who gave a new role to the library space, share their experiences

My experience: The challenge of involving teachers in the decolonial approach

Ruan Nunes, English language teacher, who worked with monitoring interns and teacher training in language schools and the municipal network of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)

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

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, […]

Decoloniality in black perspective

This article places decoloniality as a project that had a simultaneous beginning to the modern/colonial world-system. The latter had organized differences and inequalities among people based on the idea of race. The article highlights, as a distinctive feature of the decolonial project, the production of knowledge and narratives from geo-political and corporeal-political loci of enunciations. […]

Introducing Amy Winehouse in the English class

This teaching unit was designed as the final work for Literatura Inglesa III course. Amy Winehouse’s songs approach many issues that I, as a teacher to be, find very important to discuss in class, such as toxic/abusive relationships, romantic disappointments, and drug addiction. Introducing these topics in the class is also following some instructions presented […]

The English language as a connection to other cultures

According to Louro (1980), the school curriculum establishes some standard knowledge and truth. It not only makes that some cultures are silenced and stereotyped but a common sense also is established. So the goal of the project ‘’English as a connection to other cultures’’ is to expand the possibilities of interpretations and worldviews. Another purpose […]

Music and identity: songs that define who we are

The project was developed in the first semester of 2018 in a second year of High School group at Instituto Estadual Professora Angelina Gema Belia, a public school located in Jardim Carvalho neighborhood, Porto Alegre city, Brazil. In an attempt to merge the idea of developing an identity of the group and the idea of […]

Policies of the difference: Beyond the stereothypes in the educational practice

Questioning racism and the sociocultural discrimination processes, we discuss the issue of difference in education through recent studies focusing on the fields of ethnic, generational, and gender relationships as well as of physical and mental differences. Drawing on Bhabha, Pierucci, Scott, Skliar, as well as on young researchers who took part in the 25th Annual […]