Dr. Lira, who directed the English Language Learning programs and taught language and literacy courses, is professor emerita in the Graduate School of Education.
Solange de Azambuja Lira, Professor Emerita
Professional Title: Professor Emerita
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: BA, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; MA, University of Delaware; PhD, University of Pennsylvania
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Until her retirement in 2015, Dr. Lira was director of English Language Learning programs in the Graduate School of Education, and oversaw the development of Lesley University TESOL and Bilingual Education Programs. Her teaching at Lesley was 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 was a teacher educator for more than thirty years in Brazil and the USA. She is an expert on professional development for K-12 teachers and has provided 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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