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

Authors

  • Eduardo Henrique Diniz de Figueiredo Universidade Federal do Parana
  • Clarissa Menezes Jordão Universidade Federal do Parana
  • Bryan Pissinini Antunes Universidade Federal do Parana
  • Alan Emmerich Universidade Federal do Parana
  • Thais Rodrigues Cons Universidade Federal do Parana

DOI::

https://doi.org/10.36615/sotls.v5i1.177

Keywords:

Internationalization, Higher Education, English language, Brazil, global South

Abstract

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.

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Published

2021-04-28

How to Cite

Eduardo Henrique Diniz de Figueiredo, Clarissa Menezes Jordão, Bryan Pissinini Antunes, Alan Emmerich, & Thais Rodrigues Cons. (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. https://doi.org/10.36615/sotls.v5i1.177