Débora graduated from the University of São Paulo and studied Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Virginia in 2000. In fall 2009, she started the Portuguese program at the University of Vermont, where she currently works as a lecturer of Portuguese and is also pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies. In addition to teaching, she works as a translator of scientific articles in the field of dentistry. In her free time, she likes listening to music, cooking, reading, and traveling. During the warmer months in Vermont, she loves biking and going for long walks on the Burlington bike path with her husband.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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PGSE 3103 - Cultural Studies I
This course sequence is designed for students with no previous classroom instruction or functional ability in Portuguese, and little or no previous experience in another Romance Language. It is intended to expand the PGSE 3101 course, with a focus on the cultural manifestations that shape the Lusophone world today. The program integrates the teaching of language through formal classroom instruction in a cultural context that may include music, cinema, history, geography, literature, and the arts in general. Most students completing this course sequence will be able to read, interpret, analyze, and discuss simple texts that deal with cultural aspects and phenomena related to the Portuguese-speaking countries, developing critical thinking, as well as improving their presentational and interpersonal modes of communication. Bibliography for PGSE 3103 will vary each year.