English Language Teaching Through Symbolic Competence Development: A Possible Response to Brazil’s Law of Quotas

Lecture | December 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Sabrina Hax Duro Rosa, Visiting Scholar, Berkeley Language Center

 Berkeley Language Center

The Law of Quotas was instituted in Brazil in 2012 as an Affirmative Action policy, divided into Social and Racial Quotas. As an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher, I ask: How could EFL classes raise Brazilian students' awareness of racial issues and about racial quotas in particular? Relying on the teaching of English toward the goal of symbolic competence (Kramsch, 2009), I will present my research developed at the Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology (IFRS), Rio Grande campus, which aims to describe the sociocultural impact of the Law inside this institution–among directors, staff, teachers, and students–that makes the school environment somewhat hostile for black quota students. My research also shows how resilient the quota students are and describes how some pedagogical practices based on the development of symbolic competence have influenced the black students’ self-esteem.

 elyseanneritchey@berkeley.edu, vrodic@berkeley.edu