Ms Benvinda Alves

Ms Benvinda Alves

Language Teacher (Portuguese)

Language Centre

Room No

About me

I graduated in English Language, Civilization and Literature at the University of Nanterre in Paris. The specialization for my Master’s degree was journalistic translation and film subtitling. At the University of Lisbon I studied Portuguese Society and Culture with a focus on Portuguese as a Heritage Language.

After having worked for Eurocontrol, an intergovernmental organisation, I came to the UK to train as a teacher, and obtained my Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Modern Foreign Languages in 1999. I have, since then, taught in various institutions and contexts. Before joining LSE, in 2006, I worked in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian studies at King’s College.

As well as Portuguese, although not at LSE, I also teach French in a Sixth Form College, and I have been a French associate lecturer for the Open University.

On a personal level, my current interest is Lusophone Africa, and its tribal traditions, more specifically, the Machangana tribe of Mozambique. The project I have recently embarked on, seeks to determine the extent to which young people live in its tribal traditions and how important it is to perpetuate them.


Language acquisition; literature; translation; sourcing of teaching materials; online language teaching; languages and cultures

About the Language Centre

The Language Centre here at the London School of Economics reflects the specialist nature of the School itself, namely, a world class institution where the quality of teaching and research is paramount.

LSE is not just a multi-national university but also a multi-lingual one.

We offer English for Academic Purposes programmes, undergraduate degree courses and a range of language options that you can take outside of your main degree programme. All programmes and courses relate language study and support to the fields of interest of social science students.

The Language Centre is part of LSE’s Academic and Professional Development Division.

About the Academic and Professional Development Division

The units in LSE’s Academic and Professional Development Division run degree programmes, courses and events; offer advice, opportunities and funding to advance the development of academic staff and students; and support the implementation of educational strategy and policy across the School.  

LSE Language Centre            

The Language Centre provides language courses, language support and services to LSE undergraduate students, post-graduate students, research students, LSE alumni, LSE staff and external students.                                            

LSE LIFE            

LSE LIFE is the new academic, personal and professional development centre for undergraduate and taught master’s students, housed in bespoke space on the ground floor of the Library and offering hundreds of events, workshops and one to one sessions each term.

Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI)

LSE LTI provide advice, support and collaboration for staff in the use of technologies to enhance and innovate teaching and learning.                


LSE’s flagship interdisciplinary course, LSE100: Thinking like a social scientist, introduces undergraduate students to the ways in which different disciplines analyse some of the major issues confronting contemporary societies.            

LSE Teaching and Learning Centre            

LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre offers events, formal qualifications and a range of development and funding opportunities to academic staff and those with teaching roles across the School.