LINGUIST List 27.4822

Sat Nov 26 2016

Confs: Applied Ling, Lang Acquisition/UK

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 24-Nov-2016
From: Ioanna Sitaridou <>
Subject: Diglossia, Bidialectalism, or Bilingualism? Portuguese as a Foreign Language in the Classroom
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‘Diglossia, Bidialectalism, or Bilingualism? Portuguese as a Foreign Language in the Classroom’

Date: 26-Nov-2016 - 26-Nov-2016
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact: Ioanna Sitaridou
Contact Email:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

Spoken by over 244 million people in five continents, Portuguese is the
official language of eight countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor,
Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe). Naturally,
there is a great deal of linguistic variation in Portuguese the same way we
find variation within English. Yet, this has not impeded English as a Foreign
Language to spread, in fact, to dominate as a global language (possibly aided
by the “World English” approach in the classroom).

This workshop seeks to bring together linguists and language teachers to
discuss the linguistic variation between European and Brazilian Portuguese and
how this variation should be taught and/or represented in the classroom. The
focus will be on:

- Should Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese be taught as two
different languages, two different dialects or two different registers?
- How viable is a pluricentric teaching model in the classroom?
- What is the international experience and practice of bidialectal classrooms?
- What happens when the grammatical configuration of the L1 –which is English
in the context of our workshop– is closer to the grammatical settings of one
of the two varieties? Should this be exploited more even at the possible
detriment of the other variety?
- How teachers’ perceptions of bilinguals and bidialectals affect the teaching
of PLE?
- What are the sociolinguistic implications of teaching PLE via the
nonstandard/less prestigious variety?

Invited Speakers:

João Costa is a full professor at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
(Linguistics) at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has taught at several
universities in Brazil, Macau, Spain and the Netherlands, and is currently the
Portugal’s Secretary for Education.

Matilde Scaramucci graduated in Modern Languages (Portuguese, English) from
the Universidade do Vale do Paraíba (1974), has a Master's degree in
Linguistics TESOL from San Jose State University (1980), a PhD at Linguistics
from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (1995), and a post-Doc from the
University of Melbourne, Australia (2008). She is currently a Lecturer at
Departamento de Lingüística Aplicada da Universidade Estadual de Campinas.


Dr Ioanna Sitaridou is University Senior Lecturer in Romance Philology at the
Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Cambridge and Fellow
and DoS in Linguistics and MML (PIB, YA) at Queens’ College, Cambridge since
2004. Her main areas of research are comparative and diachronic syntax of the
Romance languages and also dialectal Greek, especially Pontic Greek.

Felipe Schuery is the Language Teaching Officer in Portuguese at the
Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Cambridge since
2014. He graduated at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and has a
Master’s degree in Literature and Discourse Analysis from Université
Blaise-Pascal, where he was the Portuguese Leitor from the Instituto Camões
during 2011/12.


Felipe Schuery
Ioanna Sitaridou


‘Diglossia, Bidialectalism, or Bilingualism? Portuguese as a Foreign Language
in the Classroom’

Saturday, 26 November 2016: Bowett Room, Queens’ College, Cambridge, UK

11:00-11:30: Welcome coffee and registration

Diglossia, Bidialectalism or Bilingualism? The challenges of teaching
Portuguese as a Foreign Language
Dr Ioanna Sitaridou & Aretousa Giannakou - University of Cambridge

The variants of Portuguese in the classroom: a pluricentric approach?
Felipe Schuery - University of Cambridge

Bidialectalism in the classroom: The Cypriot Greek case
Prof. Stavroula Tsiplakou - Open University of Cyprus

12:30-14:00: Lunch break

Portuguese as a foreign language in the classroom: challenges and perspectives
Prof. Matilde V. R. Scaramucci - Universidade de Campinas

14:45-15:15: Coffee Break

Language policy, language diversity and language teaching: a matter of
Prof. João Costa - Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Secretário de Estado da Educação

Questions, concluding remarks and closure of event

16:30-17:00: Wine Reception in Munro Room

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