Romance Languages and Literatures

Ana Maria Lima

Director of the Portuguese Language Program; Chair of RLL Language Directors Committee; Senior Lecturer


Cobb 128

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MW 9:30-10:20

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PhD coursework in Comparative Literature, The University of Chicago

MA, Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University

BA, Portuguese and German Languages and Literatures, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Program(s): Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies

Born in Brazil and teaching Portuguese at UChicago since 1987, I have developed and implemented a variety of classes in the College. My teaching ranges from Portuguese language courses at all levels to intermediate and advanced courses on culture and literature; from language for the professions to language pedagogy courses for future teachers in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. I also work with students who take Independent Studies and Reading and Research classes.

In 2013 I initiated a partnership with Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- The Illinois Portuguese Language Connection. This yearly event brings together Portuguese students from these three institutions for a day of interaction and cultural activities in Portuguese. This collaboration received the 2017 Educational Initiative Award from the American Association of Teachers of Portuguese.

I am interested in language pedagogy and assessment, as well as Portuguese and Brazilian language and literatures.

Awards, Honors, and Professional Experience

  • Travel grant to record native speakers in Brazil and update teaching resources, Center for Latin American Studies, July 2002
  • Travel grant to Brazil for curriculum development, Center for Latin American Studies, July 2000
  • Travel grant to Brazil for curriculum development, Center for Latin American Studies, August 1998
  • Grant to develop a Video/HiperTalk/HyperCard project, Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, 1995
  • Award, Plummer Scholarship Fund, 1992
  • Grant to develop the "Portuguese Irregular Verbs in HyperCard" project, Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, 1991
  • Has held full-time positions at the University of Chicago and Universidade de Fortaleza, Brazil

Selected Courses Taught

  • Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Portuguese
  • Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
  • Accelerated Portuguese
  • Estilística da Língua Portuguesa
  • Reading and Research