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Maria Luci De Biaji Moreira was born in Maringá, Paraná, southern Brazil. She Earned her B.A. in Portuguese from the Universidade Estadual de Maringá, an M.A. in Linguistics from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, and completed her coursework in Linguistics and Philology at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. After moving to the U.S., 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, and also taught at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, University of Georgia, and University of California-Berkeley. Currently, she is teaching at the College of Charleston, SC, and has been there since 2000. The linguistic and cultural diversity of these institutions have shaped her perceptions of how she sees cultures, languages, and teaching. She is co-author of Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, a textbook published by Pearson. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, observing nature, and walking. Each year she joins a crowd of 40,000 runners and walkers to cross the 10K Cooper River Bridge Run in beautiful Charleston.