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Ms Ana Bela Almeida, lecturer in Portuguese in Modern Languages and Cultures Department, has been awarded a Faculty Learning and Teaching Prize for 2016. The presentations of this year’s winners of the Faculty Prize took place last month, where Ana took the opportunity to speak passionately about her innovative language teaching through literature project – Litinclass – to an audience of fellow academics, students, and support staff.

Ms Ana Bela Almeida (3rd from right) at the Faculty Learning and Teaching Prize for 2016 ceremony

Ms Ana Bela Almeida (3rd from right) at the Faculty Learning and Teaching Prize for 2016 ceremony

Ana spoke about the postitive teaching outcomes she has achieved through the inclusion of literary materials in her Portuguese language classes. Following on the success of her classes, Ana created, together with Dr Idoya Puig, of Manchester Metropolitan University, the Litinclass research group with the aim of developing new teaching materials and methodologies for the teaching of language through literature at a national and international level. The blog Litinclass  is the first step in creating a network of researchers in this area, allowing them a forum in which to exchange ideas and best teaching practice. Furthermore, Ana has already secured a contract with a Portuguese publisher to co-author a textbook on the teaching of Portuguese language through literature. With the prize-money from the faculty award (£500), Ana is preparing a conference, to be held in early 2017, that will bring together leading researchers in Lusophone language teaching to Liverpool.

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