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Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada

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Abstract

DIAS, Reinildes. WebQuests: tecnologies, multiliteracies and the english teacher's professional development for the cyberspace. Rev. bras. linguist. apl. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.4, pp. 861-882.  Epub Nov 06, 2012. ISSN 1984-6398.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-63982012005000014.

The main purpose of this article is to discuss the role of digital technologies on social, economic and communication changes in contemporary times. This in turn directly influences the English teacher's professional development. It is essential that this educator gets involved with multimodal digital texts to construct and produce meanings in a critical way. Findings from the present study provide evidence that WebQuests can be adequate environments for this end, that is, the English teacher's professional development towards multiliteracies. It seems possible to say that a multiliterate teacher may foster changes in his/her pedagogical practice and a realignment to the needs of his/her students for the challenges of the cyberspace era.

Keywords : WebQuests; multiliteracies; multimodality; collaborative learning; English teacher's professional development.

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