Dr Beatriz De Paiva

Senior Lecturer
Department of Language and Linguistics
Dr Beatriz De Paiva
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    +44 (0) 1206 872236

  • Location

    4.211, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesday 1-2pm Friday 2-3pm



Beatriz de Paiva graduated in Portuguese and German studies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Bacharelado and Licenciaturas) and took her Masters in Contemporary German Literature. She gained her PhD in Pragmatics in a second language (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh). Postgraduate supervision: MA supervision: Pragmatics in translation. PhD supervision: interlanguage/intercultural pragmatics. 2013-2016 External examiner at Birkbeck, University of London. 2014 Executive Dean Fund Social Sciences, awarded to the project Can L2 pragmatics be taught? Conventional request expressions in Brazilian Portuguese. 2010-2013 External Examiner at Kings College, London.


  • Bacharelado/Licenciaturas/Mestrado (Rio de Janeiro)

  • Diploma Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Leicester)

  • PhD (Edinburgh)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Intercultural and Interlanguage Pragmatics (pragmatic aspects of conversational interactions between native and non-native speakers)

Pragmatics in language teaching

Pragmatics in translation

Conferences and presentations

2016 'Pragmatics and Language Teaching: the case of conventionalized requests in Brazilian Portuguese' invited speaker at the conference 'Practice and Theoretical Insights on Language Teaching', Cambridge University, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages.

Brazil, 2016

2016 'Teletandem Project and Transculturality' at 'Frameworks for Collaboration and Multilingualism', LLAS conference at Warwick University.

Coventry, United Kingdom, 2016

2015 'Instruction in second language pragmatics: another piece of the jigsaw', IPRA, International Pragmatics Conference, Antwerp, Belgium.

Antwerp, Belgium, 2015

2014 Foreign language enhancement through art in higher education: the FLETA project, e-learning symposium, LLAS, Southampton.

Southampton, United Kingdom, 2014

2010 Methodologies in ILP, SociolinguistEssex, Sociolinguistics Conference, Essex University.

Colchester, United Kingdom, 2010

2007 New theoretical frameworks for Interlanguage Pragmatics? The case of requests in Brazilian Portuguese IPRA, International Pragmatics Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2007

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Advanced Portuguese (LA340)

  • Mastery Level Portuguese (LA360)

  • Translation Portfolio I (Portuguese) (LA831)

  • Translation Portfolio II (Portuguese) (LA832)

  • Interpreting Practice I (Portuguese) (LA833)

  • Interpreting Practice II (Portuguese) (LA834)

Previous supervision

Maryam Rabah R Alrashidi
Maryam Rabah R Alrashidi
Thesis title: Towards an Understanding of the Appropriate Cultural Content of Efl Textbooks for a Specific Teaching Context: The Case of Efl Textbooks for Saudi Secondary State Schools
Degree subject: Applied Linguistics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 6/10/2021
Wisam Ali Kadhim Alshawi
Wisam Ali Kadhim Alshawi
Thesis title: A Sociolinguistic Study of a Southern Iraqi Dialect: Fortition of the Variants [J] and [T] (Special Character in Title, See Exam Paperwork)
Degree subject: Linguistics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 9/3/2020
Wisam Ali Kadhim Alshawi
Wisam Ali Kadhim Alshawi
Degree subject: Linguistics
Degree type: Master of Research
Awarded date: 30/9/2015


Book chapters (2)

de Paiva, B., (2010). Theoretical and methodological approaches in interlanguage pragmatics. In: Pragmatics across Languages and Cultures. Editors: Trosborg, A., . Mouton de Gruyter. 261- 286. 978-3-11-021443-7

de Paiva, B., (2007). Integrating Relevance: An Evaluation of Theoretical Accounts for the Acquisition of Pragmatic Abilities in a Second Language. In: Cross-Cultural Pragmatics and Interlanguage English. Editors: Kraft, B. and Geluykens, R., . Lincom GmbH. 91- 104. 9783895867767

Grants and funding


Developing employability skills through language learning: a pilot project with adult learners in the Colchester area

British Academy

+44 (0) 1206 872236


4.211, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Wednesday 1-2pm Friday 2-3pm