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Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada

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GORETE NETO, Maria. Bilingual education, indigenous language and culture: the case of Apyãwa Tapirapé. Rev. bras. linguist. apl. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.2, pp.335-351. ISSN 1984-6398.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-63982014000200006.

Bilingual schools are recognized as an important resource to increase the chances of language survival but in many cases have proven to be ineffective. Within the Apyãwa Tapirapé Indian Tribe (central Brazil), an effective bilingual school does exist; however, this study shows that even a successful school brings complications for the community. Audio-recorded interviews, in which teachers and leaders discuss their bilingual school and its consequences for the Apyãwa Tapirapé people, reveal that they feel that the school has changed the Apyãwa Tapirapé lifestyle in both negative and positive ways. A continuous evaluation and ongoing reconstruction of educational aspects is proposed as a way to both attend to the needs and to relieve the worries of groups like the Apyãwa Tapirapé with respect to the impact of their school on the community.

Keywords : Apyãwa Tapirapé; bilingual school; indigenous language; indigenous culture; Portuguese.

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