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Megwen Loveless

Candidate for Portuguese Representative

Megwen Loveless

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

 

Summary of CV

Megwen May Loveless has been teaching Portuguese and developing curricula for the Portuguese classroom for over fourteen years. She has taught at Harvard and Princeton universities and is currently the Director of the Basic Portuguese Language Program at Tulane University. She finished her doctoral dissertation in the Cultural Anthropology department at Harvard University in 2010 and has long encouraged colleagues across disciplines to acknowledge the importance of teaching culture in the language classroom as well as the importance of teaching language to students and scholars of culture.
Her pedagogy emphasizes the use of music, popular culture and new media, as well as innovative teaching methods and expansion of the language program outside of the traditional classroom. Additional interests include: program development and enrollment building, telecollaboration, community-based learning, mentoring of graduate students and teaching assistants, games and play in the language classroom, development of strategic competence, oral proficiency/pronunciation, extracurricular program development, literacy in L2/L3, conceptualization of Portuguese as a global language and incorporation of African and Asian linguistic and cultural content into the curriculum, African diaspora in Latin America, ethnomusicology and Afro-Brazilian religion/dance/music.

Her pedagogy emphasizes the use of music, popular culture and new media, as well as innovative teaching methods and expansion of the language program outside of the traditional classroom. Additional interests include: program development and enrollment building, telecollaboration, community-based learning, mentoring of graduate students and teaching assistants, games and play in the language classroom, development of strategic competence, oral proficiency/pronunciation, extracurricular program development, literacy in L2/L3, conceptualization of Portuguese as a global language and incorporation of African and Asian linguistic and cultural content into the curriculum, African diaspora in Latin America, ethnomusicology and Afro-Brazilian religion/dance/music.

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Statement of Candidacy

I chose to become a Portuguese teacher so that I could dedicate my waking hours practicing my passion: exploring language and culture in the Portuguese language classroom. This same passion has propelled me to apply for a position as Portuguese Representative on the Executive Board of AATSP, as I would like to use my years of experience in instruction and administration to help fortify our community of Portuguese instructors. Up until now, I have strived to boost language learning at the individual student, the classroom and the department or institutional level while also attending and presenting at international conferences. My goal as Portuguese Rep would be to continue the effort to promote collaboration and continued professional development amongst my colleagues and peers within an internationally recognized organization. An active member of AATSP since 2012, I have years of experience as language coordinator at two different institutions as well as an extensive network of colleagues who specialize in language pedagogy. My proposed goals for this three-year position include:


- To survey current and dormant AATSP Portuguese instructors to determine their needs and priorities for the next 3/5/10 years
- To reach out to other Portuguese professional associations and explore possibilities of future relationships and collaboration
- To assemble a task force for Portuguese program building so that we can share resources and techniques
I appreciate the opportunity to join the Executive Board and look forward to contributing to the further development of the Portuguese SIG of AATSP. I thank you for your consideration and welcome you to be in touch with any questions.

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