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Alfredo Ferreira

Core Areas

Educational Lingustics, Language for Academic Purposes

Research Interests

PhD in Language and Literacy Education at UBC

Alfredo is a Lecturer in the Academic English Program at UBC Vantage College and has a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education at UBC. As a researcher and instructor, Alfredo has a broad interest in academic literacy development in content-integrated English language instruction at the university level. His research in educational linguistics focuses on the development of apprentice scholars' capacities for varying levels of abstraction when they recontextualize disciplinary knowledge. Alfredo’s teaching and research are informed by an interdisciplinary perspective integrating Vygotsky’s psychology of semiotic mediation and Halliday’s theory of language as a socially-evolved meaning potential. This approach encourages explicit instruction of the links between rhetorical aims, wording, and knowledge construction in and across academic disciplines.