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1. Transforming Assessment Mindsets: Professional development through a blended MOOC

(TAM-bMOOC Project) 2024-2027

I am part of a group of researchers from CETAPS (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and LE@D (Universidade Aberta) who are involved in creating a blended MOOC course which aims to upgrade the assessment literacy of primary English teachers, and investigate the effectiveness of the instructional design features of a blended Massive Open Online Course (bMOOC) to be used in hybrid environments to: 

a) stimulate change in mindsets and classroom practices and 

b) foster a sense of community amongst teachers of English in primary education in Portugal.


2. Assessment in primary English education in Portugal: Attitudes, approaches and constraints. October 2017-2021.


I am one of 4 researchers involved in a national, non-funded, inter-institutional research project (Universidade Nova and Universidade do Minho) the aim of which is to:

  • Characterise attitudes towards assessment in primary English education in Portugal
  • Describe approaches and practices related to assessment in primary English education.
  • Identify constraints in adhering to national standards and a transformative vision of language education.

3. A-PLACE (2018-2023)

A-Place is a project co-financed by the Creative Europe programme(2019-2023), dedicated to strengthening the bonds between people and places. A programme of placemaking activities took place  in six European cities: Barcelona, Bologna, Brussels, Lisbon, Ljubljana, and Nicosia. I was involved in the assessment process of the project.




Education/Academic qualification

Applied Linguistics and TESOL, Master, The Spread of English in Portugal: A Contribution to an Understanding of the Phenomenon

30 Sept 200131 Dec 2001

Award Date: 1 Dec 2009

Microbiology, Doctorate, Studies on clinical isolates of Aspergillus fumigatus, Heriot-Watt University

30 Sept 200131 Mar 2012

Award Date: 12 Mar 1985

Línguas, Literaturas e Culturas, Especialidade em Didática de Línguas Estrangeiras , Doctorate, Peer Interaction and learning opportunities in cohesive and less cohesive L2 classrooms, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

… → Mar 2016

External positions

Events Organiser, Early Language Learning Research Association

1 Jul 2023 → …

Co-editor of institutional scientific journal, e-TEALS

30 Jun 2022 → …

Member of Pedagogical committe of APPIforma (Associação Portuguesa de Professores de Inglês)

1 Sept 2019 → …

Member, PEEP (Primary English Education in Portugal)

30 Jun 2001 → …


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