Luiz Amaral, PhD
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics
University of Massachusetts Amherst
I am an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics, the Director of the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Program in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and an adjunct faculty in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am also an Associate Researcher of the LAPEX (Laboratório de Psicolinguística Experimental at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) .
I work with second language acquisition, bilingualism and language instruction for minority languages with a specific focus on Brazilian and Mexican indigenous languages. In my free time, I like to study other languages, meet people from different places, read about Brazilian history and culture, play the guitar and sing.
Overall, what really motivates me is the belief that learning other languages is the best way for people around the world to share personal and cultural experiences, which can ultimately contribute to mutual understanding and respect. Hate is a symptom of ignorance, and ignorance is the product of isolation and lack of learning experiences. When you learn another language, visit other places and meet new people, you stop fearing and hating the world you don't know. That is why I work to promote the study of multiple languages and support educational projects with bilingual speakers of minority languages.