Michele Saraiva Carilo

Michele Saraiva Carilo

Michele Saraiva Carilo

Coordinator of Portuguese Language Program and Lecturer


(614) 247-1803

226 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Portuguese as a Foreign Language
  • Critical and Intercultural Pedagogy


  • Licentiate Degree, Portuguese, English, and Literature, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2009
  • M.A., Applied Linguistics, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2012
  • Ph.D., Modern Language Education, University of Edinburgh, 2018

Michele Saraiva Carilo is a Coordinator of the Portuguese Language Program and a lecturer. Her interests involve Applied Linguistics, Portuguese as a Heritage/Foreign/Additional Language, Celpe-Bras, Language Assessment, Critical Pedagogy. Intercultural Pedagogy, Brazilian Cultures, Curriculum Development, Syllabus Design, Language-in-education Policy Enactment, and Teacher Development. 

Dr. Carilo has published several articles on Celpe-Bras, language assessment, strategies for curriculum development and syllabus design, and alternative theoretical and pedagogical perspectives for teaching and learning within Portuguese as a Foreign Language (PFL) contexts. Furthermore, Dr. Carilo has participated in numerous academic events addressing issues related to PFL teaching and learning - especially those involving the need for a theoretical update within the field.

Before joining the Ohio State University in 2019, Dr. Carilo helped developing a 12-month specialization course for PFL teachers at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul. She also worked as a Substitute Lecturer, Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) for over 4 years. During her time at UFRGS, she was granted several government-funded scientific scholarships (e.g. Bolsa de Iniciação Científica, Bolsa CNPq, Bolsa CAPES) to develop research in the field of PFL.


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