Dr. Lira teaches language and literacy courses and is a native speaker of Portuguese.
Dr. Solange de Azambuja Lira
Professional Title: Professor; Program Director, TESOL and Bilingual Education
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Sociolinguistics; Bilingual education; communication/linguistic barriers Brazilians face when seeking health care treatment; Portuguese as a heritage language.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Sheltering content areas in English for bilingual learners; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages-Theories and Methods; Bilingual Education.
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Essential Linguistics; First and Second Language Acquisition and Oral Development; Sheltering Content Instruction in English
Education: B.A., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; M.A., University of Delaware; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
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Dr. Lira is the director of English Language Learning programs in the Graduate School of Education, and has overseen the development of Lesley University TESOL and Bilingual Education Programs in recent years. Her teaching at Lesley has been focused on the education of bilingual learners and how to how to teach English as a new language with the understanding that the maintenance and development of the first language is essential to the students’ achievement and well being. She has been a teacher educator for more than thirty years in Brazil and the USA. She strives to create a community of teachers that feels the need to teach culturally and linguistically diverse students and are eager to do so. She is an expert on professional development for K-12 teachers and has provided with other Lesley colleagues professional development for many Massachusetts school districts. Professor Lira is a native speaker of Brazilian Portuguese and proficient in Spanish and French.
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