Glaucia Silva






Liberal Arts 396H





Exploration of the relationship between scholarly inquiry and community. This course offers a multidisciplinary exploration of the interaction between individuals and communities, bringing in guest scholars from many fields of study to explore the relationship between community and diversity, the relationship between community ethical values and individual ethical values, and the individual responsibilities of scholars. A service-learning component provides a practical application of these issues.

Exploration of globalization through its causes and in terms of the economic, cultural and political consequences that have followed. The course approaches this theme from both descriptive and normative perspectives. Topics could include the food revolution and changing global demographics, the internet and its impact on human interaction, climate crisis and global solidarity. May be repeated with change of content.

Designed to expand the student's vocabulary considerably, while providing an in-depth review of Portuguese grammar. The goal is for the student to achieve overall language proficiency. The readings will focus on short stories from the diverse Portuguese-speaking world. Compositions on a variety of topics will be assigned weekly. This course is conducted entirely in Portuguese.

Continuation of POR 301.

An introduction to the study of Portuguese linguistics. The main goal of the course is to investigate the structure of Portuguese: its phonology, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics. The course will also consider aspects of dialects of Portuguese, exploring their social and historical background. Class time will be divided between lectures and group work. This course is intended for speakers and advanced learners of Portuguese and will facilitate the understanding (and the teaching ) of language mechanisms.

A theoretical and practical survey of methods and techniques used to teach foreign languages designed for both preservice and in-service teachers of Portuguese. Development of educational materials for Portuguese and methodological issues applicable to heritage language learners are particularly emphasized. Assignments include presentations of teaching modules, classroom observations, and preparation of professional portfolios. This course is aligned with National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and with the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework.


Online and Continuing Education Courses

A fourteen week full-time classroom experience under the direction of university supervisor and supervisor practitioners.

A fourteen week full-time classroom experience under the direction of university supervisor and supervisor practitioners.


Research Interests

  • Teaching and learning Portuguese as a heritage language

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