Title: Construction of international communities in Portuguese

Authors: J.C. Paiva, Alfredo Matta

Addresses: Centre for Computational Physics, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, Porto, 4169–007, Portugal. ' Program of Post-Graduation, Computer Modeling of the Fundacao Visconde de Cairu (FVC), Rua da Salete, 50, Barris, 40070–200, Department of Education, Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB), Rua Silveira Martins 2555, Cabula, 41195–001, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Abstract: We present a proposal for research, development and construction of international communities in Portuguese using digital platforms. The idea was born following an international conference on distance teaching and learning, in which a meeting on |E-learning and Portuguese-language culture| was promoted. The established contacts gave place to a new project to stimulate learning communities via the internet. Currently, the countries involved are Portugal, Brazil and Mozambique, but in a near future other Portuguese-speaking communities will be able to participate. The theoretical framework is provided by Vigotsky|s ideas on learning contexts.

Keywords: Portuguese language; Portugal; culture; learning communities; Vigostky; web cooperation; web based communities; international communities; distance teaching; distance learning; online learning; e-learning; Brazil; Mozambique; learning contexts.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2007.014082

International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2007 Vol.3 No.2, pp.219 - 228

Published online: 18 Jun 2007 *

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