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Brazil/Canada Research Exchange: Developing Transnational Literacy

2011/08/24

Transnational literacies combine global consciousness with the development of competencies suitable for full participation in the knowledge society. They encompass the digital, multimodal, informational, and critical literacies associated with both traditional reading and writing skills and the range of new literacies required by evolving information technologies. We have selected transformational practices in the teaching of global English in universities and schools in Canada and Brazil as our key site of intervention. Both Brazil and Canada face challenges in their educational systems that we believe can be addressed through sharing best practices and research expertise. Global English, bilingualism, and multilingualism play different roles in each country, and the challenges they pose for the next generation are different. By working together, we hope to involve students, teachers and researchers in both countries in closer and more intensive trans-hemispheric exchange.

The following participants presented 15 minute papers in a 90 minute colloquium chaired by Prof Neil Besner VP Research and International, English Office of Research, University of Winnipeg Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Chair Prof Neil Besner VP Research and International, English Office of Research, University of Winnipeg Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Prof Lynn Mario de Souza Professor, Letras, University of Sao Paulo Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Prof Walkyria Monte Mor Professor, Letras, University of Sao Paulo Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Prof Roseanne Tavares Associate Professor, Letras, Federal University of Alagoas Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil

Diana Brydon Canada Research Chair University of Manitoba

Funding for participants is provided through the Canadian Government Canada Research Chair program and the University of Winnipeg.

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