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I have a M.A and a PhD in Portuguese from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and I taught Portuguese, the Brazilian variant, for over 15 years in the US and in a few opportunities in Denmark, where I lived for six years. I am also a former journalist and work occasionally as a translator. What I love the most about teaching is the relationships I build with my students. I believe a good learning experience potentializes our chances to be proficient in a new language and nobody can reach it without a friendly, relaxed learning environment. A language, after all, is not just a combo of signs to be decoded; learning a language expands horizons, cognitively and culturally, and invites us to see the world from different perspectives. Maybe this sounds clich, but I see it as a great motivator!
I am also an enthusiast of the active learning and communicative approaches, the aid of digital tools and the use of real information as content in language practice.

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Undergraduate Degree: Metodista de São Paulo - Bachelor in Arts, Journalism

Graduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Master of Arts, Portuguese


In my free time I love reading, writing (one of my passions), listening to Brazilian music and always when possible traveling. The subjects that interest me are: literature (as a discipline), education, social justice, and lately I became curious about neuroscience.

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