Perspectives of postgraduate professors and students on internationalization and English language use at a university in the south of Brazil

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Eduardo Henrique Diniz de Figueiredo Clarissa Menezes Jordão Bryan Pissinini Antunes Alan Emmerich Thais Rodrigues Cons

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The aim of the present study is to understand how internationalization has been understood, lived, and discursively constructed by postgraduate students and faculty members at a publicly funded university in the south of Brazil. Through data generated using questionnaires and interviews (with 406 and 19 participants, respectively), we observed at this university that there are discrepancies between how student and faculty participation in the process of internationalization is perceived. We also identified inconsistencies in relation to the understandings of the role of foreign languages in this process. The results show that internationalization is conceptualized as the establishment of interpersonal, intercultural, and inter-institutional relationships (as defended by Martinez, 2017). They also point to two specific needs: a) for more student involvement in discussions over the internationalization process of the university; and b) for a plurilingual understanding of the status of English within this process.


Key words: Internationalization, Higher Education, English language, Brazil, global South


How to cite this article: de Figueiredo, E.H.D., Jordão, C.M., Antunes, B.P., Emmerich, A. & Cons, T.R. 2021. Perspectives of postgraduate professors and students on internationalization and English language use at a university in the south of Brazil. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the South. 5(1): 6-24. DOI: 10.36615/sotls.v5i1.158.


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