Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Arts and Science
Research interests: Portuguese as a Second Language, ESL, Portuguese literature and culture
M.A. in Portuguese as a Non-Native Language at the University of Minho (Portugal), 2015
Licentiate Degree in Portuguese and English (Teaching) at the University of Minho (Portugal), 2001
Professor Macedo joined the Department in 2013, after holding Teaching Appointments in English and Portuguese at different educational institutions in Portugal. A significant component of his courses, next to the language acquisition, is the culture of Portuguese speaking countries.
He advocates that the instructor is the guide who will gradually, but ultimately, lead the learner to actively seek self-advancement and awareness of what is being taught, and develop independent output and reflection from the proposed research. Music is an integral part of the classes, as he believes it to be the ultimate vehicle of cultural identification of a people. He believes that using a language is primarily for communication, so students should first and foremost be able to improve their practical language skills in the classroom by incrementing communicative competencies. He maintains individualized interaction with his students by tracking and monitoring them closely.
Professor Macedo teaches the following course(s):
PORT 103: Beginning Portuguese and Culture I
PORT 104: Beginning Portuguese and Culture II
LLCU 111: Introduction to Cultures