Middlebury Language Schools

 

Dr. Maria Luci De Biaji Moreira (Luci Moreira) was born in southern Brazil, where she received her B.A. and M.A. She obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics with a Certificate in SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Education) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She began teaching Portuguese in Brazil. She also taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Georgia, and the University of California-Berkeley. She has been with the College of Charleston since 2000. The linguistic and cultural diversity of these places and in Brazil as well have shaped her perceptions of how she sees cultures, languages, and teaching.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Moreira is in charge of the Portuguese program at the College of Charleston. She has directed the Brazil Summer Abroad Program for five years, taking students to remote areas of Brazil, such as the Amazon jungle and Marajó Island in the delta of the Amazon River. She is co-author of Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, a textbook published by Prentice Hall and released in 2007, and the second edition was published in 2012. She has been the Editor of the AATSP Portuguese Newsletter for many years.

Having established her home in Charleston, Dr. Moreira frequently visits the Charlestonian historic plantations and enjoys late afternoons on Folly beach, where the warm waters of the Atlantic in South Carolina are reminiscent of the waters of the Northeast of Brazil, where she lived for many years.

 

 

Courses

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PGSE 3302 - Cultural Studies III      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had at least three semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3301 course. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as the environment and sustainability, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. Bibliography for PGSE 3302/3303 will vary each year.

Summer 2011

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PGSE 3303 - Cultural Studies III      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had at least three semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3301 course. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as the environment and sustainability, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. Bibliography for PGSE 3302/3303 will vary each year.

Summer 2011

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PGSE 3402 - Cultural Studies IV      

This course sequence is intended for students who usually have had the equivalent to two years of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3401 course. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as discourse analysis in Portuguese, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. Bibliography for PGSE 3402/3403 will vary each year.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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PGSE 3403 - Cultural Studies IV      

This course sequence is intended for students who usually have had the equivalent to two years of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3401 course. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as discourse analysis in Portuguese, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. Bibliography for PGSE 3402/3403 will vary each year.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012

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PGSE 6610 - Portuguese Methodology      

Students enrolling in this course have an oral proficiency of Advanced Low or above. In addition, they are at the advanced low level in writing and reading proficiency. The course explores the modes of communication described in the Portuguese Standards for Learning Languages in the 21st Century. Students will do extensive reading and critical writing about the newest language acquisition theories as they apply to second and third language learning and teaching. Students will also learn the principles of teaching, how to develop materials, exams, and a language curriculum (1 unit).

Bibliography: All readings and assignments are in Portuguese and may vary each time the course is taught.

Summer 2011

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PGSE 6800 - Independent Study      

Students who wish to design and complete individual study projects related to their particular interests and needs may register for this option. Students need to consult a faculty member and write a project, which must be approved by the faculty member who will work with them. The project also needs to be approved by the Director of the Portuguese School. Students must be at the advanced level of proficiency. Projects may be in the area of language, literature, linguistics, or cultural studies of the Portuguese-speaking world. Students may repeat the course under a different topic.

Prerequisite: Permission and project approval of the instructor and director prior to registration.

Summer 2013

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