City: Belo Horizonte
At 8.5 million square kilometers (3.2 million square miles) and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world’s 5th largest country by area and the 6th most populous. The capital city is Brasília, and the most-populated city is São Paulo. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas. By 2010, Brazil had one of the world’s fastest growing economies, with its economic reforms giving the country new international recognition and influence.
Belo Horizonte (BH) is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, located in the southeastern region of the country. The city has both hills and lowlands with a climate of dry winters and hot and humid summers. With roughly 2.5 million inhabitants in an area of approximately 330 km², the city is a place of national influence when it comes to politics and intellectualism. BH has a wide array of modern Brazilian architecture, displaying neoclassical, neoromantic, and neogothic styles, and offers opportunities for culture and leisure in several spaces, such as parks, museums, and bars. The Pampulha Lagoon, Liberty Square, the Municipal Park, the Mangabeiras Observation Deck, and the Inhotim Institute, a contemporary art museum located 55 km from BH, are some of the wonderful tourist attractions that the city offers. With 300 lines, the city’s Bus Collective Transportation System transports 1.5 million passengers a day. The Metro, operated by CBTU/Metro BH, has 19 stations and transports 215,000 riders per day. The city has 2 airports: Pampulha Airport (domestic) and Confins International Airport.
Host Institution: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)
According to professors at the institution, working at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) is very rewarding as it reaches students of all backgrounds. The challenging and dynamic environment has put UFMG in a prominent position in teaching, research, and outreach programs nationally. The Faculty of Languages (FALE)-UFMG offers undergraduate courses for about 2,000 students — 600 of which are English majors. Their outreach center, which offers classes to both internal and external communities, is a space for novice teachers to conduct their practical teaching and is host to a variety of research projects. Graduate programs at the college have been rated with the highest CAPES grade (7), which reflects the high level of staff and student research. The institution also offers English courses to the community and to all university members from all disciplines such as Engineering, Biology, Physics, Economics, and History.
- The Fellow will plan and teach academic writing classes and EAP classes aimed to develop key academic and language skills and competencies. This may involve developing materials, setting learning goals and tasks, and creating assessment tools.
- The Fellow will plan and teach language and/or methodology courses to public school English teachers to develop their skills and improve their teaching practices. This may also require materials development, text selection, as well as devising learning goals, tasks and assessment tools.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Organize and lead English clubs, discussion groups, workshops, and/or reading clubs to promote the use of the English language and to share American culture and values.