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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Um Olhar Comunicativo Sobre Atividades de Leitura em Materiais Didaticos de Portugues Como Segunda Lingua Add Dissertation
Author: Luiz Souza Update Dissertation
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Institution: Fluminense Federal University, Applied Linguistics
Completed in: 2003
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): Portuguese
Director(s): Norimar Judice

Abstract: This qualitative research investigates the approach used in the coursebook Bem-Vindo!, used for the teaching of Portuguese as a second language. Our main aim is to investigate if the approach assumed by the authors and publishers as to be 'communicative' is verified in the 120 reading activities proposed in the coursebook. In order to do so, not only did we analyse the aforementioned reading activities but also used a questionnaire to gather the impressions of 42 teachers of Portuguese to speakers of other languages. Taking into account the fact that the Applied Linguistics theory defines reading as an interactive activity, the results obtained revealed a mismatch between the approach assumed by the authors and its realization in the coursebook.