Public Lecture: The Development of Learning Strategies in Foreign Language Learning



On 5 December, the Faculty of Humanities is organising a Public Lecture titled “The Development of Learning Strategies in Foreign Language” at the Don Bosco Auditorium.


This talk explores how some people excel at language learning while others do not. Over 90% people in Brazil drop out before they achieve intermediate levels of proficiency. Regardless of aptitude, this research shows that people learn in radically different ways, and that successful learners develop individual strategies quickly and effectively. But 90% of learners need help, and some more than others. This process of developing language-learning strategies happens in 5 stages and teachers can help students in each step. At the intensive Portuguese Course for Foreigners at UFBA, this program has resulted in a drastic reduction in dropout rates.


Prof. Dr. Ricardo Gualda holds a PhD degree in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Portuguese as a Foreign Language (PFL), the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Programme in PFL, Head of the PFL Section of the Institute of Letters, and Coordinator of the Portuguese Course for Foreign Students and Scholars at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), in Salvador, Brazil. Previously, he was a Lecturer in Portuguese at Columbia University. His expertise includes Spanish and Portuguese Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition as well as Latin American Political Discourse.