Studies and degrees

Degrees in Languages (Portuguese, English) and in Law from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE)

Master's Degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan

Ph.D. from the Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil


Professional work

Present University Position: Professor of Applied Linguistics, Linguistic Law, and Portuguese as a foreign language, Department of Letters, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas, Austin (1996), at the National University of Mexico (1968), at the University of Ottawa (1971)

Senior Visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA (1985-86)

Director of the Center for Applied Linguistics (São Paulo) (1966-1979).



Author and co-author of several books both in Brazil and abroad, among which Modern

Portuguese. A Project of the Modern Language Association. New York, Knopf, 1971.



Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Multilingua, IRAL (International Review of Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching), Language Today, and of Language Planning Newsletter.

Frequent contributor to journals, especially on : linguistic rights, communicative peace, and intercultural communication. 

Co-founder of ABRALIN  (Brazilian Linguistics Association, 1969) and of ALAB (Brazilian Association for Applied Linguistics 1990).

Helped found the Associação Brasil-Ammérica in 1989, a Binational Center which offers English language teaching.

As a consultant to the Brazilian Ministry of Education, has served on committes involved in Brazil's First Proficiency Examination in Portuguese (for speakers of other languages) and in the New Curriculum Guidelines for Foreign Language Teaching and for Portuguese as a native language.

Teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at UFPE, having introduced the subject DIREITOS LINGUISTICOS in its Graduate Program in Letters in 1992.

Member of the International Scientific Committee entrusted with helping disseminate information on /discussion of the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights.

His plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights was published in 1984 by the (then) UNESCO-sponsored FIPLV World Newsletter (April).



Dr. Francisco Gomes de Matos

Home address : Rua Setúbal 860-B, apto 604 Boa

Viagem, 51030-010, Recife,

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