Maria Helena Araújo e Sá

Maria Helena Araújo e Sá (female) is full Professor at the Department of Education and Psychology of the University of Aveiro (Portugal), where she teaches and supervises masters, doctoral and post-doctoral students in the area of Language Teacher Education. She is vice-coordinator of the CIDTFF (Research Centre Didactics and Technology in Education of Trainers,, directs the PhD in Education and coordinates the LALE (Open Laboratory for Foreign Language Learning, Research and publication areas are: e-networked intercomprehension and plurilingual and intercultural communication.

Peer esteem indicators include: frequent invitations to give keynote presentations and seminars internationally and to participate in PhD defense presentation; frequent collaboration as a trainer with international language policy agencies (such as Latin Union, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie); member of several editorial and advisory boards; external examiner of the PhD Politica, Educazione, Formazionelinguistico-culturali (Università degli Studi di Macerata, Italy); invitation to organize international Conferences as convener (e.g.: IALIC 2014, International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication).

Recent coordination expertise in projects in the area:

  • 2012-2015 – National coordinator, member of the Management Board and Work package coordinator of the project MIRIADI –Mutualization and Innovative Research within an Interconnected Network Aiming to Develop e-Intercomprehension, funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), transversal Key Activity 2 (Languages) – Networks (531186-LLP-1-FR-KA2-KA2NW). Amount: 714.478,00€; 19 partners, 7 countries; 19 associated partners and 5 countries;
  • 2008-2010 – Coordinator of the project Galapro – Education of Trainers for Intercomprehension in Romance Languages, funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), Key Activity 2 (Languages) – Multilateral projects (2007-3636/001-001; no: 135470-LLP-2007-1-PT-KA2-KA2MP). Amount: 649.779,00€; 8 partners, 6 countries; In this ambit, Maria Helena Araújo e Sá conceived the distance training platform Galapro (, whose sustainability is perceived in annual training sessions (more than de 1000 enrolled trainees). Galapro was evaluated by the EACEA, getting the average mark of 8/10;
  • 2006/ 2009 – Coordinator of the project Language Didactics: a meta-analytical study of research in Portugal (POCI/CED/59777/2004). 43.492,00€