Eduardo Viana da Silva received his Ph.D. in Luso-Brazilian Literature with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He holds an interdisciplinary degree in teaching “Certificate in College and University Teaching” from UCSB, a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) graduate certificate from Brigham Young University (BYU) and an M.A. in Luso-Brazilian literature, also from BYU. Eduardo Viana da Silva is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester in Portuguese from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Before coming to University of Washington, Eduardo has taught language courses, Luso-Brazilian literature, and topics on Brazilian culture at UCSB, BYU, University of Utah, and the Salt Lake Community College. He also taught English as a Second Language in a private school (ILAC) in Vancouver, Canada, between 2007 and 2010.
His main areas of interest are Luso-Brazilian literature and culture, applied linguistics and curriculum development with a focus on culture and task-based language teaching (TBLT). He is currently working on a research project with a colleague on the implementation of task-based language assessment in language classes. Other areas of interest include teaching languages for special purposes, the use of technology in the classroom, and human rights.
His most recent publication is the co-edition of a volume on satire in Colonial Latin American Literature, published by Iberoamericana, 2015: Estudios de sátira hispanoamericana colonial & Estudos da sátira do Brasil-Colonia. "De estranhos casos que jamais pintaram" a "despoblados extensos."
Eduardo is currently working on a book manuscript from his Ph.D. dissertation: The Devil in the Brazilian Backlands, which analyses the representation of the Devil in the narrative of Canudos, focusing on Euclides da Cunha’s Os Sertões (1902) and the manuscripts of the religious leader Antônio Conselheiro.