Glaucia Silva

faculty

Glaucia Silva, PhD she/ela

Professor

Portuguese

Curriculum Vitae

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Liberal Arts 396H

Education

1999University of IowaPhD

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Internship with an area organization that provides service to Portuguese-speaking populations.Students will put into practice their linguistic abilities in Portuguese and their knowledge about Lusophone cultures while engaging with diasporic communities. Students will also use critical skills developed in previous courses to reflect upon their experience in light of their knowledge of the Humanities. Students receive service learning credit for this course.

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.

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

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

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

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.

Action research for in-service teachers. Participants will make connections between their theoretical understandings of research and their own emergence as practitioner researchers as producers of knowledge through studying their own practice. They will identify a problem in their practice, develop a research plan, gather and analyze data, reflect on results, and develop implications for future teaching practice and action research

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.