Senior Lecturer in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies:
Portuguese & Brazilian Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 9690
Phone 2: +1 401 863 3042
Dr. Patricia Sobral's teaching and research interests include: 1. intersection of the arts and second language acquisition 2. Brazilian literature of the 20th century; 3. contemporary Brazilian cinema; 4. comparative literature, particularly texts of immigration and exile.
Dr. Sobral was educated in Brazil and the United States. Her teaching interests include: 1. intersection of the arts and its applications to second language acquisition, particular emphasis on the performing arts; 2. Brazilian literature of the 20th century, special emphasis on (im)migration literature; 3. contemporary Brazilian film, particularly the last two decades of Brazilian cinema and its pedagogical applications; 4. comparative literature, special emphasis on contemporary texts of immigration and exile. Dr. Sobral is undergraduate concentration advisor in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, member of the Advisory Board of the Writing Fellows Program, and an active member of the Center for Language Studies. Dr. Sobral also leads workshops in Brazil several times a year using the ArtsLit approach for second language acquisition.
Patricia Sobral is the co-author of a textbook for first-year Portuguese. This textbook will be published by Prentice-Hall in January 2007. She is also involved in a collaborative publication with the ArtsLit project, particularly in relation to its applications for second language acquisition and literacy.
1997-2002: Received a "Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching" at Harvard University for every semester taught in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. In Spring 1999, nominated for the "Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Award" by the undergraduate students as an outstanding member of the junior faculty at Harvard University.
1990-1991: Named five times to "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students," Department of Portuguese (Spring 1990, Fal11990, Spring 1991) and Department of Comparative Literature (Fall 1990, Spring 1991 ). All Fall 1990 and Spring 1991 courses ranked in top 10% of all University of Illinois instructors.
1988: Phi Beta Kappa
1987-1988: James Scholar at the University of Illinois
1987: Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society)
1885-1988: Dean's List, 5 semesters at the University of Illinois.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Brazilian Studies Association
Dr. Sobral teaches courses on 1. Portuguese language and intersection of the arts and second language acquisition 2. Brazilian literature of the 20th century; 3. contemporary Brazilian cinema; 4. comparative literature, particularly texts of immigration and exile