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"Libras" (Brazilian Sign Language) in the Technology-Mediated Teaching of English: Challenges and Possibilities

This exploratory study investigates teachers', interpreters' and students' views about the teaching of English with the mediation of new technologies and of Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) in an inclusive public school in order to identify the challenges faced by the participants in such a context and point out possible ways of overcoming them. Data were generated through questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, research diaries, and video recordings of lessons. The analyzed lessons were taught to a seventh grade class in the school's computer room. Through qualitative data analysis, the challenges and possibilities observed were grouped in four meaning categories: (1) the mediation of three languages: Libras, Portuguese, and English; (2) the mediation of the Libras interpreter; (3) the teacher and the use of Libras; (4) the mediation of technology.

Libras; English teaching; technology; inclusion; deafness

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