Volume 7 of the Portuguese Language Journal (PLJ) is now available online. The PLJ is an initiative to promote and improve the teaching of Portuguese as a foreign language. The journal aims to provide a venue to encourage collaboration, research, and exchange of ideas among Portuguese language faculty.
The PLJ is collaboration between the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Florida and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII; it is supported by CLAS' and LAII's Title VI National Resource Center grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
Guest edited by Dr. Michael Ferreira, Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, and Dr. Lyris Wiedemann , Senior Lecturer in Portuguese at Stanford University, the current volume focuses on "Portuguese for Spanish Speakers." The PLJ editor is Margo Milleret, Associate Professor in the UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and faculty affiliate with the LAII. Associate Editor is Gláucia Silva, Associate Professor in the Department of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
According to Ferreira and Wiedemann, "The aim of this issue of PLJ is to continue to share findings in this vibrant and growing field. The issue opens with interviews of two scholars who have been involved with the teaching of Portuguese for Spanish Speakers for all of their academic lives and remain leading figures in the field. They recount the development of PSS in the US and in Brazil, respectively, providing overviews and a set of references, which will be invaluable for both newcomers to the field and well-established scholars. The interviews are followed by seven articles focusing on Portuguese for Spanish speakers, and two additional articles that fall outside this issue's theme. It is interesting to note that two of the seven articles come from Brazil, two others from Hispanic America, and four from the US, thus being representative as a whole of the three contexts in which Portuguese for Spanish Speakers is taught and studied. The topics of the articles are also quite comprehensive and complement each other."
To read the complete text of the current issue as well as archived articles, visit the PLJ website.
--Posted Monday, October 28, 2013.