To what extent is American English the most appropriate variety for Brazilian EFL state school students?
Keywords:language, identity, culture, context, attitude.
This article sets out to examine the most taught varieties of English in Brazilian public schools (British and American), as well as the effect of these varieties on students´ perception and attitudes towards other varieties of English. The issues of language competence, cultural identity, local context, ELT in Brazilian public schools and English as an international language are discussed. The text begins with a brief discussion on the varieties of English most taught in Brazilian public schools, then the issue of ELT status in Brazil is examined, followed by a brief review of the spread of English as an international language.
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