Dr Denise Martins de Abreu-e-Lima – President Languages Without Borders Ministry of Education of Brazil


Denise has a teaching degree in Languages and Literature and MA in Linguistics and Portuguese at São Paulo State University – UNESP, PhD in Applied Linguistics, at University of Campinas – UNICAMP, and post- doctorate in Distance Learning at Purdue University, United States. Her research was about foreign language teacher education, Multiple Intelligences and tutoring in Distance Education environments. She is an associate professor at the Federal University of São Carlos – UFSCar – since 1994. She was the Open Brazilian Distance Education (UAB) coordinator from 2006 to 2012 at UFSCar and chair of UAB Coordinators Forum from 2011 to 2013. Since 2013, she has been an advisor to the Secretariat of Higher Education – SESu – at the Ministry of Education, Brazil. She is also the president of Languages without Borders Program, which involves around 120 Brazilian public universities, spread in all states, main capitals and cities of Brazil, with specialists in 8 different languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese for foreigners. The experience of managing the Program using virtual environments has promoted partnerships with institutions nationwide and has contributed to a high level of synergy in favor of a national discussion on issues related to language policy.