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laurafsoares@arizona.edu
Phone
520-910-5469 or 520-621-1880
Office
Modern Languages 534
Office Hours
Friday, 1:30 - 2:30pm, Modern Languages 534
Thursday, 3 - 4pm, Zoom
Fontana Soares, Laura
Graduate Associate

Laura Fontana-Soares is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Arizona in the Hispanic Linguistics program. She earned a BA in Portuguese and Spanish and a MA in Applied Linguistics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She has experience teaching Portuguese as a second language to undergraduate students, including as an instructor of Portuguese through the Fulbright FLTA program. Most of her experience teaching and researching is in the field of Portuguese as a welcoming language to adult refugees. She also volunteers as a program coordinator at the non-profit organization CIBAI Migrations (Italo-Brazilian Institute of Assistance and Instruction to Migrations). Laura's research interests are: teaching Portuguese as an additional language to adult refugees, Language Ideologies, and the use of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to analyze L2 textbooks. She is currently one of the coordinators of the Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics Working Group.

Currently Teaching

PORT 305A – Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Accelerated beginning Portuguese for speakers of Spanish. Taught by communicative approach and contrastive analysis.