I believe that teaching is a serious business, and that learning is better when it is fun. That means that I study and research ways to make learning an enjoyable experience for/with my students. In class I use different techniques, such as conversations in groups or in pairs, listening to music and watching video, as well as traditional explanations and grammar teaching. I try to provide students with actual experiences, be it through use of the web or by bringing native speakers as guests to our classes. In order to learn a language, it is essential that one uses that language. Students are encouraged to explore other opportunities available in our campus and community, such as the Brazilian Club, visit with our tutors in the Language Lab, converse with one of the many Portuguese speakers on campus, or go to a Brazilian event or restaurant.
PhD in Romance Languages from The University of Georgia, 1999 MA in Romance Languages from The University of Georgia, 1994
Coordinator of UVU's Portuguese Program;
Coordinator of Celpe-Bras, Brazilian Portuguese Proficiency Exam;
Member of the Steering Committee for Utah's Portuguese Immersion Schools;
Faculty Advisor for the Brazilian Club
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS I AM ASSOCIATED WITH:
Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Modern Language Association (MLA)
"Na obra de Carolina Maria de Jesus, um Brasil esquecido." Luso-Brazilian Review. 39.1 (2002):103-120.,
"Carolina Maria de Jesus and Clarice Lispector: Constructing Brazil and Brasileiras." Torre de Papel. 9.2-3 (2001): 57-70.,
"O Imaginário Nacionalistico na Obra de Clarice Lispector." Romance Languages Annual IX (1998): 472-73. ,
PORTUGUESE AT UVU
There are several ways that you can get involved with Portuguese at UVU. Of course, taking Portuguese classes is your first option, and we offer from beginning Portuguese to Advanced Grammar, and Advanced Portuguese for Business, Brazilian Culture (new classes Fall 2012: PORT1015, beginner conversation, and PORT2015, intermediate conversation, both 1 credit only).
We also offer free tutoring or conversation opportunities through the Portuguese tutors at UVU's Language Lab (http://www.uvu.edu/lang/langlab.html). In addition to that, you can be a part of the Brazilian club, or simply join UVU Amigos do Brasil on FB to find out what's happening in the area.