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ALRJournal. 2019; 3(5): 49-62 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2019.49368

An Ethnographic Study on Beliefs and Attitudes of Some Brazilian Teachers of English

Flįvius Almeida Dos Anjos1, Denise Scheyerl2
1Recōncavo of Bahia Federal University - Center of Language, Culture and Applied Technologies (UFRB/CECULT)
2Bahia Federal University - Germanic Languages Department (UFBA)

Many specialists agree that beliefs have a powerful impact on teachers practices. However, it should be taken into account that their attitudes affect their practices as well. This paper is about English language teachers“attitudes and beliefs. The objective was to share some data from an ethnographic research developed with a group of high school English teachers from Brazil. The research data ratified our hypothesis of the existence of a relatioship between belief and attitude, what, to us, until then, was a gap in the studies of Applied Linguistics. Although initially we had in mind the idea that attitudes could generate beliefs, we verified that attitudes are part of beliefs as well as they are personal, contextual, and incidental, what we explain in this paper. The data were collected through an interview and a questionnaire, which made it possible, based on the teachers’ statements, to figure out how beliefs and attitudes operate and converge. That is why a study as this is relevant since it can contribute to the field so that teachers can understand even better their pedagogical settings.

Keywords: Beliefs, attitudes, English, teachers.

Flįvius Almeida Dos Anjos, Denise Scheyerl. An Ethnographic Study on Beliefs and Attitudes of Some Brazilian Teachers of English. ALRJournal. 2019; 3(5): 49-62

Corresponding Author: Flįvius Almeida Dos Anjos, Brazil
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