Past Events

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A Alma Brasileira - The Brazilian Soul 2018 was in September 2018! Visit us to keep in touch!

A Alma Brasileira The Brazilian Soul


Workshop: Developing Oral Communication Skills in the Foreign Language Classroom

DMLL Workshop 2018


Linguistics Open and Research Day 2018

LORD 2018PG Open House

Linguistics Research and Open Day 2018

9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Centre for Language Learning Auditorium

·       Day’s proceedings:

ü  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.        Undergraduate Open Day      

ü  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.                  Research Presentations

ü  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.                  Postgraduate Open House

Professorial Inaugural 2018

In commemoration of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Faculty of Humanities and Education (FHE), Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (DMLL) presents the U, We and Refugees project – a week of commemorative public activities to highlight the plight, resilience and struggles of refugees.

23 June | Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion. This event takes place from 
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
 at the Centre for Language Learning (CLL) Auditorium, the UWI, St Augustine.

6:30 p.m. Film Screening of Warehoused at the Centre for Language Learning (CLL) Auditorium

27 June | Film Screening of Beneath the Blindfold. This event takes place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Centre for Language Learning (CLL) Auditorium in commemoration of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.


About U, We and Refugees Project

The Caribbean is facing a growing influx of refugees with Belize and Trinidad and Tobago in particular being the most refugee receiving countries in the English-official Caribbean. Current records show that over 620 asylum seekers and refugees are in Trinidad and Tobago, compared with only 20 persons in 2013.

In this context, the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics of The UWI and the Office of Community Engagement have undertaken a partnership with the Living Water Community and the Humanitarian Association of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (HARTT) for the integration of refugees through a project in Teaching English for Refugees.




Welcome and Welcome Back to one and all! The Department warmly welcomes new Lecturer, Dr Keisha Evans-Dixon. Welcome back to Dr Jo-Anne Ferreira (on sabbatical leave 2014-2015).






Theatre Festival 2018

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics invites you to attend
The UWI Foreign Language Theatre Festival 2017
Tuesday May 23, 2017
Centre for Language Learning (CLL) Auditorium, UWI St. Augustine




The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics presents
Modern Languages Symposium 2017
“Re-thinking Borders and Boundaries: Celebrating Modern Languages at The UWI, St. Augustine”
May 5, 2017
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Lecture Room – Centre for Language Learning

DMLL Symposium 2017


 Postgraduate Research Seminars

April 2018

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics invites you to attend a Postgraduate Seminar presented by Ms Carla Bascombe

Presentation topic:
“Silences within Silences” in Évelyne Trouillot’s Post-Earthquake Novels

Friday 13 April 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Venue: Faculty of Humanities and Education Building
South Block, Lecture Room 2 (FHE SB2)

April 2017

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics invites you to attend the following Postgraduate Seminar presentations:

Romulo Guedez-Fernandez / PhD Linguistics
Development and Validation of a Framework for the Assessment of Spanish Interactive Speaking Performance 
9:00 a.m.

Patrice Clarke / MPhil Linguistics
Writing in Signs: An Analysis of English Narratives Produced by D/Deaf Jamaican Pupils 
10:00 a.m.

Ronald Francis / MPhil Linguistics
Creole Influence in the Writing of St. Lucian Primary School Students: An Investigation into Top-performing and Low-performing Schools at the Common Entrance Examinations 
11:00 a.m.

Tinuke Ola Peters / MPhil French
“We Are Ugly but We Are Here”: Literary Representations of Haitian Male Traumatic Experiences
1:00 p.m.

Desiree Huggins / MPhil Linguistics
Students’ Perspectives on the Use of English as the Sole Medium of Instruction and on English Remediation at the Post -Secondary Level in St. Vincent and The Grenadines 
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 
Time: 9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Venue: School of Education Room 325.

International Caribbean Conference 2016 - The Caribbean, Melting Pot of the Americas: From upheaval and «origins» to the historical future and its representations
(13 to 15 October 2016)
. Click here for the website and programme.

UWI Inter-Campus Foreign Language Theatre Festival 2016


Two universities, three campuses of one of the universities, two departments in one of the campuses, fourteen plays in seven languages! Click on the image above for the plays
and the schedule
or click on the Facebook event page!

LusoFesta 2016 ... The Portuguese Language Experience


Linguistics Research Day 2016


Postgraduate Research Seminar


Visit of Nancy Morejón to the DMLL

(Click on the image below for a PDF flyer.)



Lusophone Studies Display in the Alma Jordan Library


A new course in Lusophone Studies has been introduced in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. To introduce the course, the Humanities Division of the Alma Jordan Library hosted a display on Lusophone Studies in the main display area on the Ground Floor from 12 to 25 January 2016.


Lusofonia (the Lusophone World) is made up of 9 countries across the globe for which Portuguese is an official language, namely, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, (East) Timor, and most recently, Equatorial Guinea, and also the international Lusophone diaspora.


The word "Lusophone" means "Portuguese-speaking" and is from 'luso-' (representing Lusitania) + '-phone'. Lusitania is an old Roman province in Iberia, and covers nearly all of modern Portugal.



UWI STA Students at an Argentinian art exhibit by Alejandro Marmo


Postgraduate Research Seminar

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics invites you to attend a Postgraduate Seminar presented by Ms Carla Bascombe, PhD French Candidate and Ms Solange Henry, MPhil French Candidate on Friday 2 December 2016.

Assistantship in France

Work as an English Language Assistant at primary and secondary schools in continental or overseas France.

Postgraduate Research Seminars

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics invites you to attend a Postgraduate Seminar presented by Samantha Jackson on Friday 4 November 2016.

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics invites you to attend Postgraduate Research Seminars on Friday 27 November, 2015 at Faculty of Humanities and Education, FHE SB3.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PhD candidate - Linguistics

Presentation topic:

"Exploring the lived experience: Learner autonomy-agency among undergraduate Spanish students at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus"

10:05 a.m. - 11:05 am
MPhil candidate - Linguistics

Presentation topic:

"Creole influence in the writing of St Lucian primary school students: An investigation
into the highest and lowest performing schools at the Common Entrance Examinations"


11:10 a.m. - 12:10 noon
PhD candidate - Spanish

Presentation topic:

"Métodos para la evaluación de los indicadores de Orishaismo com ejenplo de la invaluable presencia de arcanos literarios en la tradición oral poética"

Presenting in Spanish



Please click on the image to enlarge.



Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures


• The Society for Caribbean Linguistics hosted its 20th biennial conference in Jamaica in 2016.

• The Society for Caribbean Linguistics hosted its 19th biennial conference in the Bahamas. The conference took place from 30 July to 3 August 2012 in the Society's 40th anniversary year. The theme of the conference is "Linguistic Diversity, Identity and Structure(s) in the Caribbean: Assessing the Past and Planning for the Future". SCL, currently based in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at St Augustine where it was founded, invites interested individuals to submit abstracts for papers and posters, and to organise panels related to the theme and sub-themes. Go to the conference website for more information.

UBA Workshops

Monday 13th - Friday 17th May 2013

Centre for Language Learning (CLL)

6th Conference of Patois Speakers of Venezuela and the Caribbean
Wednesday 10th April 2013
Centre for Language Learning (CLL) Auditorium

• Click for past conferences and related publications.


• DMLL in the News!

UWI Research in Action: Protecting the Heritage Languages of T&T in the Express Monday 7 July 2014

International Mother Language Day Has Critical Role in Society


UWIToday Sunday 28 April 2013:

*Patois meets Panyol: Venezuela is closer than you think (p. 6)

*Twenty Five years is nothing Minor: Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Growing More Popular (p. 15)


October 2012 - March 2013

*UWI Students Travel to France (pp. 14-20)

*Patois in Trinidad & Tobago (pp. 66-71)

July - September 2012

*Yoruba in Trinidad and Tobago (pp. 56-59)

April - June 2012

*The Heritage Languages of Trinidad and Tobago (pp. 36-39)

*Amerindian Languages in Trinidad and Tobago (pp. 40-44)

*Spanish in Trinidad and Tobago (pp. 46 - 50)

• Visit our Bookshelf. We congratulate Drs Béatrice Boufoy-Bastick and Joseph Farquharson on their new book publications in 2011, and Drs Béatrice Boufoy-Bastick, Nicole Roberts and Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw in 2012. Many of these were launched at Dialogues 2012: Liberal Arts Crossings and Book Launch.


Staff Members



Semester 2 of 2013-2014

The Department warmly welcomes new Lecturer, Dr Andre Cooper.

Semester 2 of 2011-2012

• The Department warmly welcomes our Visiting Lecturer from the Government of Brazil (Leitora, Portuguese), Eliete Sampaio Farneda. Welcome, Ms Sampaio Farneda!

• The Department extends a warmly welcome to our 2011-2012, Writer-in-Residence, Dr Myriam J.A. Chancy. Welcome, Dr Chancy!

• The Department extends a warm welcome to our Visiting Lecturer and Researcher at CENLAC, Dr Elissa Lister Brugal. Dr Lister hails from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and is with the Department in Semester 2 of 2011/2012. Dr Lister is currently teaching SPAN 2602 Marvellous Realism in Spanish American Writing. Welcome, Dr Lister!

Semester 1 of 2011-2012

• Welcome to new members of staff - Miriam Kurcbaum Futer (Modern Languages - Portuguese, returning), Byron Jones (Linguistics), Wilmar López (Student Assistant - Universidad Pedagógica Nacional/UWI), Angela Melo (Student Assistant - Universidad Pedagógica Nacional/UWI), and Andrea Sánchez Órtiz (Modern Languages - Spanish).


Pictured above, left to right: Miriam Futer, Dr Gabrielle Hezekiah and Dr Carmen McClish

• Welcome back to Dr Nicole Roberts and Dr Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, on sabbatical in 2010-2011. See a recent interview with Dr Roberts.


Semester 2 of 2013-2014

Farewell to our Fulbright Scholar in Speech and Language Pathology, Dr Charlotte Molrine. Thank you for your excellent contributions to our programmes and department, and best wishes in your future endeavours!


Farewell to Miriam Kurcbaum Futer, who served faithfully in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.


• Congratulations and thank you to Professor Barbara Lalla (Literatures in English and Linguistics) and Professor Ian Robertson (Linguistics) on their retirement, and congratulations on the Reassambling the Fragments conference held in their honour. Both are still teaching with us and we wish them all our best!

• Farewell and thank you to Dr José Genival Ferreira (Portuguese), Helber Vieira (Portuguese), and Dr Ramón Mansoor (Spanish).

• The Department wishes to express its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs Grace Alexander-James on her passing, Saturday 17th March 2012. Mrs Alexander-James had been employed at The UWI since April 1969, as the Secretary of the Department of Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and General Studies (later the Department of Liberal Arts, the Faculty of Humanities and Education). She retired in 1999 and held various temporary appointments on Campus until 2009. Grace was truly dedicated to the Department, always kind, helpful and professional, and was an avid learner (and singer) of Patois. The funeral service for Mrs Alexander-James took place on Thursday 22nd March 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at the Fatima RC Church, Curepe.


• Congrats to Dr Nicole Roberts on graduating from the Postgraduate Certificate Programme in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), University of British Columbia.

Congrats to Professor Barbara Lalla on her recent appointment as Professor Emerita.

• Congrats to current staff members, Tyrone Ali (MPhil Literatures in English), Karen Sanderson-Cole (Master's in Higher Education) and Jairo Sánchez Galvis (PG Certificate in University Teaching and Learning), and to former staff members: Barbara Constance-Baptiste (MPhil Linguistics), Jemima Ovid (MA Spanish), María Grau Perejoan (MPhil Cultural Studies) and Ako Walker (MA Spanish). See Students below for those graduating with postgraduate qualifications.

• Congrats to Dr Savrina Chinien and Dr Elizabeth Jackson on completing the UWI International Half-Marathon!


• See Alumni.



Postgraduate Research Seminar

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics invites you to attend a Postgraduate Seminar presented by Mr Byron Jones, PhD Linguistics Candidate on Presentation topic:
Beyond di Riddim: Language Use in Jamaican Popular Music, 1962-2012.
Tuesday 7 March 2017.
Time: 10:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.
Venue: School of Education Room 325.

Postgraduate Research Seminar

Friday 15 May 2015

Venue: FHE SB 2

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Presentation topic:

"Wee talk Trini: Ages of Acquisition and Mastery of Consonants and Consonant Clusters in Trinidadian Children aged 3:0 – 5:0"

Method and Results

Candidate: Ms Samantha Jackson
MPhil Candidate - Linguistics

• Congratulations to Jill Paterson, an undergraduate in her final year of her BA English Language and Literature with Education, and a multiple FHE prizewinner. Jill is one of 50 Gates Cambridge Scholars, out of 4,500 applicants worldwide. Here is an excerpt from Cambridge University's press release: "The group also includes the very first Gates Cambridge Scholar from Grenada. Jill Paterson, who is completing a BA in English Language and Literature with Education at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine (Trinidad & Tobago), will pursue the MPhil in Theoretical & Applied Linguistics at Cambridge. Her work will involve a complete analysis of the Grenadian English Creole phonological system - the main spoken language of Grenada". Congratulations, Jill!

• Best wishes to Keisha Evans, a candidate for the award of the PhD degree in Linguistics. The Oral Examination took place on Wednesday 28th March, at 8.30 a.m. via Skype in the Lecture Room 1, Institute of Critical Thinking, Top Floor, Centre for Language Learning Building.

• Best wishes to Sharon Mansingh-Dubay, a candidate for the award of the PhD degree in French. The Oral Examination took place on Wednesday 21st March, at 9.00 a.m. in the Conference Room, New Student Administration Building.

• Applications are invited for the Postgraduate Diploma in Interpreting Techniques at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, commencing September 2012.

• Congratulations to Keren Cumberbatch and Joseph Farquharson on their successful defence of their PhD theses at Mona, and Keisha Evans, Ferne-Louanne Regis and Jairo Sánchez on the submission of their postgraduate theses! Best wishes for continued success!

• Congratulations to all our recent graduates, including Jillana Gomez (our first MA English Language graduate at St Augustine), Keisha Allan (MA Spanish), Naila Joseph (MA Spanish), Maureen Raphael (MA Spanish), our PG Diplomas in Interpreting Techniques and TESOL, and all our BA students!

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