Wednesday Seminar: Trovoada de Ideias - Linguistic and Social Inclusion of International Students from Portuguese Speaking African Countries (PALOP) in Portuguese Higher Education
Ana Raquel Matias, a researcher working at the intersection between sociology of migration and sociology of language at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, University Institute in Lisbon, Portugal (ISCTE-IUL) will give a talk on the linguistic and social inclusion of international students from African countries in Portuguese universities.
This presentation aims to discuss the contextual and theoretical assumptions of the project Trovoada de Ideias – Linguistic and Social Inclusion of Students from Portuguese-Speaking African Countries (PALOP) in Portuguese Higher Education*, an ongoing action research on Portuguese language teaching in a specific emerging context. It aims to contribute to a better understanding of the internationalisation processes within the Portuguese higher education, here seen as one of the key channels for the internationalisation of the Portuguese language and, specifically, for the historical presence of international PALOP students in Portugal. By adopting a multidimensional inclusion approach (linguistic, cultural and social), the ultimate aim is to contribute to a deeper knowledge of the factors of (in)comprehension between students fluent in different norms of Portuguese and the university host community in Portugal, thereby enhancing the success of learning and the integration of international African students within the academic community in Portugal.This project is coordinated by Ana Raquel Matias (CIES-IUL; ISCTE-IUL) and Paulo Feytor Pinto (CELGA/ILTEC; APEDI)
Ana Raquel Matias is currently an integrated researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL; ISCTE-IUL). During her research experience, since 2003, she specialized in the intersection between sociology of migration and sociology of language, comparing policies on immigration, language integration and education, while focusing on adults and children of immigrant and African background. She is one of the organizers of the 7th Biennial Conference Network Afroeuropeans: "Black In/Visibilities Contested” which will be held in Lisbon (ISCTE - IUL)on 4-6 july 2019.