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I have a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the Pontifcia Universidade Catlica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). During the 16 years I spent in Brazil, 15 were dedicated to private ESL teaching as well as scientific translation. From 2013 to 2016, I was a university professor at PUCRS, teaching courses in Linguistics, ESL and Portuguese for Foreigners. At the graduate level, I taught core linguistics courses in syntax, semantics and pragmatics, as well as one focused on second language acquisition. In general, the graduate courses used English as a point of comparison in relation to Portuguese and other Romance languages. At the extension level, I developed a course in English for Academic Purposes, aimed at preparing Brazilian scholars, mainly graduate researchers and professors, for academic performance internationally. I always adapted the syllabi according to the students needs and their respective stage of study. For the extension course in particular, I developed my own materials from a range of sources, using a communicative, content-based approach. From teaching private individuals at multinational companies to teaching college students and academic peers, I have attempted to implement strategies as a facilitator and collaborator, in order to stimulate a feeling of accessibility to the learning content and a confidence and familiarity to move beyond that which is presented in the classroom, thus promoting greater autonomy among my students. Outside of teaching, I enjoy playing tennis, swimming and creative writing.

Karina’s Qualifications

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Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-Baltimore County - Bachelor in Arts, Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Graduate Degree: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul - Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Linguistics


tennis, swimming, reading and writing