Clarice Deal

Biography

Clarice Deal was born in São Paulo, the only daughter among four brothers of an immigrant couple from the harsh lands of Piauí in northern Brazil, known for droughts, rugged landscape and parched vegetation (caatinga). From childhood, she always understood that her destiny was to teach. At age 15, Deal enrolled in a Normal School, obtaining a teaching certificate upon graduation and then working with disadvantaged and special needs children in an impoverished area near the capital, commuting 15 kilometers daily each way by bus. In 1970, she met her future husband, a native of Arizona. After marriage in 1973, Deal continued to teach in the mornings while going to school at night to get an undergraduate degree in education. In 1979, due to the arrival of three lively children and a move from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, Deal put her teaching vocation on hold to care for her young family. In 1989, she and her husband decided it was time to start life over, so the family moved to Arizona with the three children and 10 suitcases. That was the year it reached 119 degrees in Phoenix; she thought she had gone and come to hell. It was also the year that she happened to meet an ASU language professor who first invited her to his classes and then requested that she help as a substitute teacher. By the end of the year she was offered a teaching contract, and has been working at Arizona State University ever since. Deal has taught at ASU for more than 27 years, having given hundreds of Portuguese-language classes to thousands of students. She considers it an honor to teach the language and culture of her native country to students in the United States.

Education

  • M. Ed. in Special Education (Consultation and Collaboration, Autism), Arizona State University 2010
  • Ph.D. Rhetoric, Composition and Linguistics, Arizona State University 2008
  • M.Ed. Educational Psychology, Arizona State University 1994
  • B.A. Pedagogical Education, College of Philosophy, Science and Literature, OSEC University, S�o Paulo, Brazil 1975

Research Interests

The primary focus of my work at Arizona State University has been teaching.  As much as possible I seek to involve students both in and outside the classroom.  I estimate that between 80 to 90% of my work time is directly relating to the instruction process, either in the classroom itself, or in preparation, or grading papers, or in interacting with students about classroom issues. 

 In class I continue to stress the use of music as a learning tool, because I have found that using music to teach a foreign language is very effective (and much more interesting to the student). A musical method also provides a perfect context for cultural instruction.  In recent years, however, much of my teaching technique has shifted to include the new electronic media that has revolutionized education. 

The impact of the ASU online Blackboard system and its potential has made classes in this decade very different from those, say, in the 1990s. Likewise, the Internet and the countless media resources available on it, have added almost an unlimited source of information and ideas that can be used to make language classes more interesting, relevant and productive for the language-learner. Effective language instruction must provide a cultural context. All classes seek to impart a basic knowledge of Brazil, its history, geography, people, customs and social institutions. 

 

Publications

  • Deal, Clarice Alves. Clementina de Jesus. Twentieth Century Latin American Women: A Bibliographical Dictionary (2001).
  • . . Noted Twentieth Century Latin American Women: A Bibliographical Dictionary (2001).

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
POR 320 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs I
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
POR 320 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs I
POR 484 Internship
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
POR 101 Elementary Portuguese
POR 201 Intermediate Portuguese
POR 320 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs I
POR 321 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs II
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
POR 101 Elementary Portuguese
POR 320 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs I
POR 321 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs II
POR 484 Internship
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
POR 321 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs II
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
POR 101 Elementary Portuguese
POR 201 Intermediate Portuguese
POR 314 Portuguese Comp/Conversation
POR 320 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs I
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
POR 101 Elementary Portuguese
POR 320 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs I
POR 321 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs II
POR 484 Internship
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
POR 101 Elementary Portuguese
POR 201 Intermediate Portuguese
POR 314 Portuguese Comp/Conversation
POR 394 Special Topics

Presentations

  • Deal, Clarice. Teaching Portuguese with Music: the Development of Canta Brasil. Session delivered at the Arizona Language Association Conference (AZLA); Annual Conference (Sep 2000).
  • Deal, Clarice. Portuguese for Spanish Speakers: Symposium on Acquisition and Teaching Portuguese
  • Deal, Clarice. Didactic Note in Portuguese: Pedagogical factors in the use of music in FL instruction. Portuguese for Spanish Speakers Symposium - Acquisition and teaching
  • Deal, Clarice. Lula's Presidency and Future Directions for Brazil. ASU Conference, Center for Latin American Studies
  • Deal, Clarice. Seminar on Urban Brazilian Literature, sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Deal, Clarice. Scions of Tropicalia: From Inter-American Aesthetics to Chico Science. Seminar featuring Professor Charles Perrone
  • Deal, Clarice. Fosteriana. International Conference Honoring Professor David Foster
  • Deal, Clarice, Lage, Chiara. Cross-Cultural Contrastive Analysis of Secondary Discourse in Children's Narratives. Graduate Symposium
  • Deal, Clarice. AZLA - Arizona Language Association Annual Conference
  • Deal, Clarice. The Brazilian Arts Festival, ASU College of Fine Arts

Service

  • Portuguese Club, Sponsor / Founder (2009 - Present)
  • ASU Art Museum, Visitor / Support (2009 - Present)
  • Commencement, Faculty (2010 - 2010)
  • Brazilian Community in Arizona, Sponsor and collaborator (2010 - 2010)
  • Casa Brasil, Donor and Sponsor (2010 - 2010)
  • Department of Portuguese, Supervisor (2010 - 2010)
  • Homecoming Committee, Participant (2010 - 2010)
  • SILC and Cengage Learning, Participant (2010 - 2010)
  • Department, Speaker (2010 - 2010)
  • Department of Languages and Literatures, Respondent (2010 - 2010)
  • SILC Technology, Participant (2010 - 2010)
  • Student - Community Events, Sponsor (2010 - 2010)
  • ASU President's office, Recipient (2010 - 2010)
  • ASU Language fair, Sponsor (2010 - 2010)
  • IPO STudy Abroad Fair, Participant and Sponsor (2010 - 2010)
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Participant (2010 - 2010)
  • ASU Language fair, Sponsor (2009 - 2009)
  • Casa Brasil (Charity), Sponsor (2009 - 2009)
  • Study Abroad fair, Sponsor (2009 - 2009)
  • ASU Study Abroad Fair, Participant (2008 - 2008)
  • ASU Language Fair, Sponsor (2008 - 2008)
  • Casa Brasil (Charity), Support and promotion (2008 - 2008)
  • ASU, Participant (2008 - 2008)
  • Brazian Community Caipira Country event, Event Coordination (2008 - 2008)
  • Visiting Drama Professor, Instructor (2008 - 2008)
  • Brazilian Community event - Carnival 2008, Planner and Coordinator (2008 - 2008)
  • Phoenix Brazilian Community, Event coordinator for activities (1990 - 2007)
  • Commencement (2007 - 2007)
  • ASU's International Education Week, (2006 - 2006)
  • CLAS - Department of Languages and Literatures, Recommender (2006 - 2006)
  • Department of Languages and Literatures, Coordinator (2006 - 2006)
  • Exhibit at the ASU Art Museum of Brazilian artist Oscar Oiwa recording the impact of globalization on the environment, (2006 - 2006)
  • IPO - International Programs Office, Facilitator (2006 - 2006)
  • International Education Week, Participant (2006 - 2006)
  • Luso-Brazilian Community in Arizona, Member and Representative (2006 - 2006)
  • Portuguese Language and Summer Program, Sponsor (2006 - 2006)
  • Portuguese Program, Lecturer (2006 - 2006)
  • Received Special 15 year Service award, (2006 - 2006)
  • Spring Commencement Ceremonies, Participated (2006 - 2006)
  • Various Cultural activities, Participant and facilitator (2006 - 2006)
  • Faculty Search Committee for Afro-Brazilian Faculty Position, Participation (2004 - 2006)
  • Fund-raising events for the summer programs in Brazil and Portugal, Organized and promoted (2003 - 2006)
  • Portuguese Languages classes, providing support and guidance, Supervised Teaching Assistant (2003 - 2006)
  • ASU Language Fair, Support Activities (2002 - 2006)
  • Barrett College Honor Students, Mentoring (2000 - 2006)
  • Independent Study students, Mentoring (2000 - 2006)
  • Arizona State University, Faculty (2006 - 2006)
  • ASU / Brazilian community, Cultural Liaison (2005 - 2005)
  • Brazilian Community, Leader (2005 - 2005)
  • Casa Brazil, Officer (2005 - 2005)
  • DanceBrazil, Cultural Event at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, (2005 - 2005)
  • Language and Literature Department, Lecturer (2005 - 2005)
  • Department, Evaluator (2004 - 2005)
  • Language Fair, Participant (2004 - 2005)
  • Portuguese Chat Club, Coordinator (2004 - 2005)
  • Casa Brazil; Non-profit Organization in Phoenix dedicated to helping needy children in Brazil, Officer (2003 - 2005)
  • ASU; Search Committee for Afro-Brazilian Position, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • ASU - International Programs Office (IPO), Initiator - Facilitator (2004 - 2005)
  • ASU Portuguese language conversation and culture group (Bate-Papo), Sponsor (1991 - 2004)
  • Brazilian Institute of Arizona, Officer (Secretary) (1990 - 2004)
  • Brazilian Institute, Officer (2004)
  • Casa Brasil, Manager / Member (2004)
  • ASU Language Fair, Participant (2003)
  • Brazilian Community, Co-sponsor (2003)
  • Brazilian Community, Leader (2003)
  • Community Event to benefit ASU, Co-Sponsor (2003)
  • Language and Literature Department, Lecturer (2003)
  • Languages and Literature Department, Support (2003)
  • Brazil 500 Years, Community event focusing on Brazilian Cultural influences, Coordinator (2000 - 2000)
  • Instructor (Present)
  • ASU Art Museum, Visitor (Present)
  • Brazil Artistic Event Madame Sata, Support (Present)
  • International Education Week, Sponsor (Present)
  • LCE-CRI Workshop, (Present)

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