Ana Luiza Freitas

ROLE : Brazil EC coordinator: EMI team
INSTITUTION : Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre

Ana Luiza Freitas (Ph.D.) is an assistant professor of academic English at the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. in language studies from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, with a split-site doctoral program at Lancaster University, UK. She holds long time experience in language teaching & teacher development both in professional academic activities and in volunteer coordination of a regional language teaching association. Her current academic pursues are geared towards the fields of EMI & teacher development, an endeavor she has been working with for the past 8 years in a program she has articulated in her university. Along that period, she has as well been publishing articles in the topic and hosting EMI courses and workshops in universities around Brazil. She is also part of the internationalization committee in her university, and coordinates a branch of a national program towards academic internationalization & in-service teacher development through the teaching of additional languages. Furthermore, she carries out projects in ESP, course organization, co-teaching, teaching material’s development and more recently in internationalization at home and virtual academic exchanges.

What I'm Working On

As the implementation of systematic internationalization practices is actually quite new in the South American context, and as the Brazilian academia still struggles with the adoption of the English language and in a more student-centered teaching mode, promoting venues for their successful enactment is paramount. As such, I’m currently involved both with an EMI course project I have been co-designing and leading for nearly a decade, and with the recent exploration of collaborative online international learning (COIL) course models. With the former effort, I’m focused on aiding teachers in the development of methodological skills to teach through English, as well as on teaming up with some peers from the applied field of health sciences in carrying out courses. Such shared kind of practice provides rich empirical data on the teaching and learning perspective by means of EMI. Nevertheless, as my university is soon to get started in virtual international programs, exploring COIL models is also of central importance. Furthermore, I am also working on a team project to outline our academic community’s profile towards internationalization, encompassing language skills, EMI and COIL experiences, among others. I am also working on the production publications on the implementation of  EMI  in our university, on the teaching additional languages virtually through the adoption of active methodologies in times of pandemic, and on a book from my PhD research on academic writing in health sciences.