Dr. Carlos Manuel, Academic Coordinator

Carlos Manuel joined American Councils as Academic Coordinator and Portuguese Teacher for the African Languages Initiative in 2013. He is also the Director of the Language Center at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane. His educational background includes a Ph.D. from Illinois State University, an M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh in the UK and a B.A. from the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane. All of his academic degrees are in the field of Applied Linguistics. Carlos has published a wide variety of educational resources relating to language acquisition, African language orthography and vocabulary development. On the weekends he enjoys playing soccer and reading to children, especially his sons.


Benilde Vieira, Assitant Academic Coordinator & Instructor

Benilde Vieira joined American Councils in 2013 as a Portuguese grammar teacher for the African Languages Initiative. In 2000, Benilde received her M.A. in Educational Technology in Salamanca, Spain through a scholarship awarded by the Spanish Cooperation in Mozambique. She also holds a B.A. in Portuguese and a certificate in Portuguese Language Instruction from the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo. Benilde’s academic interests include teaching Portuguese to non-native speakers, literature and methods of evaluation. She also enjoys gardening and cinema.