Chapter published in:New Approaches to Language Attitudes in the Hispanic and Lusophone World
Edited by Talia Bugel and Cecilia Montes-Alcalá
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 25] 2020
► pp. 84–107
The role of attitudes in the management of multilingualism in Brazilian schools located in the Brazil-Paraguay border region
This chapter presents an interdisciplinary study held in two Brazilian schools located in the Brazil-Paraguay border region that participated in the Education on the Border Observatory Project. An action research was carried out in order to identify how teachers managed multilingualism in these schools. The results indicate that their management practices toward Paraguayan official languages were influenced by attitudes toward these languages and their speakers, as well as by ideologies that associate the languages with Brazilian and Paraguayan nations. We conclude there is a need to improve language-in-education for border areas so as to build more positive attitudes toward languages (and speakers) of the neighboring countries in these schools as a means for real social and cultural integration and understanding.
Keywords: school practices, management of multilingualism, Brazil-Paraguay border region, attitudes, language education policies
Published online: 30 April 2020
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