Glaucia Silva

Professor

Portuguese

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Liberal Arts 396H

Teaching

Programs

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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.

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.

Individual research leading to the production of a PhD dissertation pursued under the direction of a faculty advisor.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

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.
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Research

Research Interests

  • Teaching and learning Portuguese as a heritage language

Gláucia Silva is a Professor in the Department of Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth. She specializes in heritage and foreign language learning, with a focus on Portuguese. Professor Silva has co-authored four Portuguese language textbooks and is the author of Word Order in Brazilian Portuguese (De Gruyter, 2001/2013). She has also published several scholarly articles and book chapters, both in English and in Portuguese. Her graduate advisees have investigated different aspects related to Portuguese language and linguistics, such as the roles of attitude and motivation in learning Portuguese, service encounters in Portuguese in Massachusetts, gay articulations of desire in Rio de Janeiro, the impact of anxiety on learning Portuguese, using songs in the foreign language classroom, task-based language teaching, mother-child interactions in a bilingual family, among others.

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