Instructional Staff – STARTALK Portuguese Teacher Training Program

Donna Clementi, Ph.D.

Dr. Clementi is a national consultant specializing in best practices in world language curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She is currently working on a team to support ACTFL’s Literacy and Languages Collaborative Center. In 2013, she co-authored The Keys to Planning for Learning: Effective Curriculum, Unit, and Lesson Design, an ACTFL publication. She taught French and was the World Languages Program Leader in the Appleton Area School District for 33 years. She also spent 38 summers working at Concordia Language Villages at the French Language Village and leading professional development seminars for world language instructors. In that capacity, Clementi taught a graduate course in World Language Methods for teachers of Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. She continues to lead ongoing professional development for teachers of Arabic, a collaborative program between the Qatar Foundation International and Concordia Language Villages.

Cassia De Abreu, M.A.Ed

Cassia De Abreu, M.A Ed. is a veteran lecturer in Portuguese at San Diego State University and at UC San Diego. She started her language teaching career in Brazil, her home country, where she taught English as a Foreign Language. Upon moving to the United States to complete her graduate studies in Applied Linguistics, she started teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language at the college level. Ms. De Abreu is currently the Chair of the Portuguese Special Interest group (PORT SIG) at ACTFL , and is a member of several language teaching and learning associations such as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP), Southern Area International Languages Network (SAILN), and the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA). Cassia is a Startalk and OPI- trained instructor who also holds certificates such as Distinguished Fellow of the California World Language Project, and awards such as the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award as the Most Influential University Professor in the Academic career of Daniel Garcia, a student who graduated with Honors from the International Business program at San Diego State University.

Points of Contact

Nadezda Novakovic, Portuguese Program Director

Cassia de Abreu, Program Co-director