Teacher training, English language and culture teacher
Modularization/Internationalization of university teacher training (Lehramt)
International quality assurance of joint study programmes
Internationalization/Mobility of academic, administrative and technical staff
Originally from UC Berkeley, having taken degrees in French and International Relations, María has taught English language and culture and teacher training at UC Davis, where she got her MA in Applied Linguistics, then at private schools in Madrid and in Oporto and, for the last 25 years, has been teaching at the Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, where she is currently president of the Pedagogical Council.
Her PhD in 2011 on “Insights from Interlanguage as Revealed in Writing: Towards the development of metalinguistic competences for Portuguese adult learners of English” was granted 18/20 at the Universidade da Beira Interior.
Leading the Executive Committee of the 16 member national higher education institutions (HEIs – polytechnics and universities) in the National Network of Language Centers in Higher Education since 2009, she coordinates and participates in research groups and projects on national and international concerns related to interculturality, translation, language policy, events organization, and CLIL in Higher Education also with CercleS, the European Association of Language Centers in Higher Educaiton
She is a co-founder of the Comparative Education Section on Interculturality of the Portuguese Society for Education and researcher for the HE Network for Intercultural Mediation.
She is a consultant for the DAAD in Germany and a contributor to CEL/ELC, the European Language Council.
Publications focus on metacognition, teacher training, language learning and teaching practice, CLILing, , language policy, interculturality , and ICT.
She coordinated the international reviewer team the EU project PETALL in 2015-16, which aimed at promoting pedagogically-sound ICT in foreign language classrooms.
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