Nilma Dominique is a Lecturer in Portuguese. She teaches Portuguese from introductory to advanced levels, and has developed the current curriculum of Portuguese language subjects at MIT. Prior to joining MIT, Dominique taught Portuguese at Harvard University in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and previously was an instructor of Portuguese and Spanish. She serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) and is a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency rater in Portuguese language.

Dominique is co-editor of Microgeopolítica da língua portuguesa: ações, desafios e perspectivas [Microgeopolitics of the Portuguese language: actions, challenges and perspectives], published in 2021; and author of La comunicación sin palabras. Estudio comparativo de gestos usados en España y Brasil [Communication without Words. A Comparative Study of Gestures Used in Spain and Brazil], published in 2012. She frequently presents her work on heritage language and sociolinguistic topics at conferences and society meetings.

Dominique’s pedagogical interests include non-verbal communication, sociolinguistics, and heritage language pedagogy.

PhD Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
MA Associação Baiana de Educação e Cultura, Brazil
BA Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil