Sofia Martinho

Sofia Martinho

Lecturer in Portuguese, Director of the Camões Centre for Portuguese Language, LITE Teaching Enhancement Project Leader

0113 343 7618

Summary: Digital literacies for language learning; Uses and effectiveness of technologies in language learning and teaching; Blended-learning; Online autonomous language learning; Speaking skills.

Location: 242B Michael Sadler

Student Education Research and Scholarship

My scholarship focuses in the areas of Digital Literacies for Language Learning, Uses and Effectiveness of Technologies in Language Learning and Teaching and Online Autonomous Language Learning. Currently, I am seconded (0.2 FTE) as a Teaching Enhancement Project Leader to the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE), at the University of Leeds, with a project exploring effective ways to develop MFL Speaking Skills at UG level.

Professional biography

I graduated in 2001 from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) with a degree in Modern Languages and Literatures (Portuguese Studies) and completed an MA in Education at the University of Leeds in 2013 with a thesis on Digital Literacies. Before joining the University of Leeds in 2008, I was the Director of the Camões Centre in Goa (India) and in Newcastle (UK).


“Evaluating authenticity in spoken discourse for the foreign language classroom: the case of Português XXI 1” (book chapter), in Authenticity in materials development for language learning, ed. Maley, A. & Tomlinson, B. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars (forthcoming )

“Portcast – Portuguese has never sounded this easy” (website review), The Leeds Language Scholar, 0 (2016)

Castro, Paul and Martinho, Sofia. “Malícias Orientais: Pequenas Histórias Garotas, Alegres e Tristes de Costumes das Novas Conquistas (Índia Portuguesa 1923)”, Via Atlântica, 19 (2011), pp.179-194. Edited and annotated reprint of a chapbook of Goan stories from the 1920s

Martinho, Sofia and Taborda, Fátima.  “Instituto Camões – the Portuguese agency for cultural and educational policy overseas”, Vida Hispánica, Autumn 2011, 44, pp. 8-9.

“Impressões de uma Portuguesa em Goa”, ComTextos (University of Coimbra), 19 (2005), pp.10-11.

Invited lectures and workshops

"The Leeds Curriculum 2: Scholarship in teaching and learning: exploring your teaching practice" (invited speaker), ODPL workshop, University of Leeds. May 2017

“Portuguese Studies at HE Institutions in the UK – challenges and opportunities.” (guest speaker), The Future of Portuguese Language - Bilingualism and Heritage Language Learning in Europe, international conference with the Portuguese Secretary of State for Education, University of Lancaster. April 2017

"Developing MFL Speaking Skills in and out of the classroom" (invited plenary workshop), Leeds Learning Partnership's Languages Conference 2017, organised by the local Education department, Leeds. March 2017

“The added value of the Humanities” (invited speaker), Luso 2016 (9th Annual Meeting of the Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the UK (PARSUK), Manchester. June 2016

“Give them a picture and they will say a thousand words” (invited workshop), Portuguese as a Global Language: challenges and opportunities in teaching and learning conference, University of Essex. June 2015                      

“Student participation and motivation” (invited workshop), Enhancing Modern Foreign Languages Teaching for New Tutors, University of Leeds, organised by The Higher Education Academy. September 2013          

“Mil palavras para uma imagem – a imagem no ensino do Português Língua Estrangeira” (invited one-day CPD session), Portuguese Embassy in London, organised by Coordenação do Ensino do Português no Reino Unido. June 2012

Recent Conference Papers

“A autenticidade no discurso oral: análise e propostas - o caso do manual Português XXI 1”, V Jornadas de língua portuguesa e culturas lusófonas da Europa central e de leste, University of Zagreb (Croatia). September 2016       

“Aiming for the Dream Job: Enhancing Employability from Curriculum Design to Assessment – The Case of an Integrated Content and Language Course”, Innovative Language Teaching at University 2016, University of York. June 2016     

“Evaluating authenticity in spoken discourse in text books”, MATSDA 2016 Conference, University of Liverpool. June 2016     

“Exploring the use of the Internet to improve students’ language skills”, Sofia Martinho (Co-ordinator) with Patrizia Lavizani and Gabriele Zagel-Millmore, SEC/DigiFest 2016, University of Leeds. January 2016      

“Ensinar a aprender – como conquistar o Léxico?”, IV Jornadas de língua portuguesa e culturas lusófonas da Europa central e de leste, Charles University (Czech Republic). September 2014   

“Desafios do ensino-aprendizagem do Léxico de Língua Portuguesa - o caso de falantes de Espanhol Língua Segunda”, Congreso Internacional La Lengua Portuguesa, Universidade de Salamanca (Spain). May 2013

Conference Organisation

I National Portuguese Teachers’ Conference, University of Leeds. June 2016      

Innovative Language Teaching at University: Enhancing student performance Conference, University of Leeds. With Bettina Hermoso-Gomez and Mandy Poetzsch.  June 2014 ( )

Annual Fernando Pessoa Symposium, University of Leeds. 2009 – 2013   


  • SPPO1080 and SPPO1081: Portuguese Language for Beginners (Convener)
  • SPPO1083: Intermediate Portuguese (Convener)
  • SPPO1035: Introduction to Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa
  • SPPO2090 and SPPO2091: Portuguese Language Skills
  • SPPO3110: Advanced Portuguese Language (Convener)

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Director, Camões Centre for Portuguese Language
  • Portuguese Co-ordinator
  • Co-ordinator, Fusão  (Fusão is a programme of public academic and cultural events coordinated by Portuguese at the University of Leeds, which aims to showcase the culture of all Portuguese-speaking countries in Leeds and the North of England.)
  • Editor-in-chief of The Language Scholar Journal.
  • Liaison Officer with the Instituto Camões (Portugal)

Professional Membership

  • ABIL - The Association of British and Irish Lusitanists (UK)
  • APP - Associação de Professores de Português (Portugal)
  • PARSUK - Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the UK (UK)