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Jean Costa Silva

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Ph.D. Student
Goizueta Foundation Graduate Assistant
Linguistics Teaching Assistant

Jean's primary linguistic interests pertain to Second Language Acquisition (English-Portuguese) and Syntax. He has a BA in English Linguistics, English Literature, and TESOL from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), and teaching certificates from the University of Oregon and the University of Cambridge. Prior to coming to UGA, Jean taught English as foreign language in Slovakia and Brazil, and worked as a teacher trainer for two years. In 2017-2018 Jean was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in the Department of Romance Languages at UGA. He currently works as a Research Assistant at the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education (CLASE) and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Linguistics. He is also the Executive Editor of Working Papers in Linguistics.

  • 2019- present, PhD in Linguistics, University of Georgia. Major Concentration: Second Language Acquisition. Minor Concentration: Formal Linguistic Theory (Syntax).
  • 2009- 2014, B.A., English Studies (Linguistics, Literature and TESOL), magna cum laude, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil.
Specific Research Areas:
  • Generative Syntax: island effects in Brazilian Portuguese,
  • Cognitive Linguistics/Psycholinguistics: acquisition of motion encoding in L2 and developmental stages,
  • Pragmatics: interlanguage pragmatics and developmental stages of interlanguage pragmatics.
  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault Giving Voice to the Voiceless Program Grant, Grady College, University of Georgia, 2021; ($1,000)
  • Shelter Projects Micro-Fellowship, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia, 2021. ($500)
Selected Publications:

Book Chapters:

  • Costa Silva, Jean, Fischer, Devon Nicole. 2022. Voicing the Global South: Translanguaging for Social Justice. In Língua(gem) e justiça social: saberes, práticas e paradigmas, v.2, 40-53.
  • Costa Silva, Jean, Saccomani, Juliano. 2021. A revista de um programa de português como ferramenta didática: uma alternativa translíngue e multicultural. In Microgeopolítica da língua portuguesa: ações, desafios e perspectivas, 187-198.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Costa Silva, Jean. 2018. Uma proposta interdisciplinar para o ensino de inglês: a história dos multi-word verbs. In Revista de Letra em Letra, 5, 74-82.

Creative Writing:

  • Costa Silva, Jean. 2021. “The Lost Star: A estrela perdida”, e-book, Sponsored by the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts’s Shelter Project Micro-Fellowship, Willison Center, University of Georgia
  • Costa Silva, Jean. 2015. “O Último Natal”, e-book.
  • Costa Silva, Jean. 2014. “Sinais de Trânsito” (“Traffic Lights”), short-story, II "Travessia" Writing Contest, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Awards and Special Recognitions:

Internal Awards:

  • August 2021- present, Goizueta Foundation Graduate Scholar: Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education (CLASE);
  • June 2021- July 2021, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics;
  • August 2019- May 2020, Goizueta Foundation Graduate Scholar: Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education (CLASE);
  • 2018, Team Work: Career Readiness Challenge, Career Center, University of Georgia - with Fala Aí Magazine, .

External Awards:

  • Global Engagement Initiative Award, ACTFL Language Connects, for the Portuguese Flagship Online Summer Program, 2020;
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship, U.S. Department of State, 2017-2018;
  • American English E-Teacher Program Scholarship, U.S. Department of State, 2015;
  • Crossing Countries through Culture, Youth in Action Programme, European Union Commission (Slovakia), 2007-2008;
  • Tales Inside Us, The Tale of Europe, Youth in Action Programme, European Union Commission (Turkey), 2007.

Travel Funding & Awards:

  • Graduate School Travel Funding: Rodríguez, Shannon, Paula Mellom, Jean Costa Silva, Rebecca K. Hixon, & Jodi Weber. (2021, March). Impact of Instructional Conversation on WTC in Undergraduate Foreign Language Courses. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Virtual.


  • Alpha Alpha Alpha (Tri-Alpha) Honors Society.

Articles Featuring Jean Costa Silva
Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 13:27pm

Congratulations to PhD student Jean Costa Silva, who recently published a chapter titled "A revista de um programa de português como ferramenta didática: uma alternativa translíngue e multicultural (The magazine of a Portuguese program as a pedagogical tool for…

Major Professor:

Associate Research Scientist, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education

Committee Members

Associate Professor, Dept. of Language and Literacy Education

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