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Giuseppe Formato

Senior Lecturer

faculty member giuseppe formato smiling on the streets of cambridge

Giuseppe Formato, PhD, currently serves as Senior Lecturer at Lesley University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he has developed and taught courses in world languages and cinema. During this time, he has also served as a fellow at the Camões Institute in the Consulate General of Portugal of Boston through its Fernão Mendes Pinto Program. He has been an invited speaker to high school classrooms, universities, and conferences in Europe and North America, in addition to being published in scholarly journals and serving on scientific committees worldwide. 

Dr. Formato is also an associated researcher at ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute, where he has served as a postdoctoral fellow and as a visiting researcher in its Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology. He is also currently a public high school World Language teacher in the Greater Boston area and a foreign correspondent on language education issues for O Baluarte de Santa Maria, an Azorean periodical. Some areas of research interest include critical language and eco-pedagogy, language acquisition, linguistic ideologies, the Portuguese-speaking diaspora of New England, and bilingual education.

Recent Publications

Book Chapter:

  • Formato, Giuseppe & Cordeiro, Graça Í., (2020). Quando a variante é o que importa: reflexões partilhadas sobre os usos e os sentidos da língua portuguesa em Boston (Massachusetts, USA). In Lechner, E., Capinha, G., Keating, M. C. (org.), Emigração em Português: Migrações, exílios, retornos e colonizações (pp. 139-162). Almedina.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

  • Formato G. & Cordeiro, G. Í., (2022). Portuguese language tensions and contradictions in diasporic contexts: Ethnographic and confessional narratives in Greater Boston, Trabalhos em Linguística Aplicada,  61 (3), 733-746. 10.1590/010318138670205v61n32022 

  • Formato, G. (2021). The Shift to a Queer Pedagogy in the Italian-Language Classroom, Journal of Language and Cultural Education,  9 (1), 1-11. DOI: 10.2478/jolace-2021-0001

  • Formato, G. (2020). Eco-Justice Pedagogy all’italiana: Radical Italian Art in the Italian-Language Classroom”, Theory and Practice in Language Studies,  10 (12), 1501-1509. DOI: 10.17507/tpls.1012.01

  • Formato, G. (2020): “Arte Povera as a Tool in Critical Italian-Language Pedagogy,” International Journal of Linguistics, 12 (4), 233-251. DOI: 10.5296/ijl.v12i4.17423

  • Formato, G. (2018): “Instilling Critical Pedagogy in the Italian Language Classroom,” Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 9 (6), 1117-1126. DOI: 10.17507/jltr.0906.01

  • Formato, G. (2018): “How Language Variety and Motivation Impact Language Acquisition in Adult Heritage Learners of Portuguese”, European Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, Vol. 3 (3), 52-67 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1312302


  • Azevedo, L. & Formato. G. (2021), “A mesma língua, muitas histórias: entrevista com Giuseppe Formato,” OEm Conversations With, 24, Observatório da Emigração, CIES, ISCTE, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa., 233-251. DOI: 10.15847/CIESOEMCW242021.