Dr. Milene Mendes de Oliveira

Lecturer and postdoctoral researcher


Dept. of English and American Studies
Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 1.29
14469 Potsdam, Germany


consulting hours
Please make an appointment via email.



since 2018Postdoc/Habilitation
2013  - 2018PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Potsdam (supervised by Prof. Hans-Georg Wolf and Prof. Ulrike Schröder) - Dissertation: Business negotiations between Brazilians and Germans: Conceptualization and Practice (granted by CAPES)
2014 - 2015Specialization in didactic skills for higher education teaching in the program “International Teaching Professionals - ITP 2014” offered by the Potsdam Graduate School, University of Potsdam (granted by the DAAD).
2011 - 2013M.A. in Applied Linguistics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil (supervised by Prof. Ulrike Schröder) - MA Thesis: American English X Brazilian English: Intra- and Intercultural Communication in the classroom (granted by CAPES).
2011Specialization in higher education teaching at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.
2009 - 2010Specialization in English teaching at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.
2002 - 2006B.A. in English language at the Federal University of Ouro Preto in Brazil.

Academic Employment 

since 2018Academic staff (lecturer and researcher) at the chair of Present-Day English Language and Linguistics.
2014 - 2017Adjunct lecturer (on a Lehrauftrag basis) at the chair of Development and Variation of the English language, University of Potsdam.
2011 - 2012Tutor and didactic material developer for an online ESP (English for specific purposes) B.A. course – IngRede, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
2007 - 2009Adjunct lecturer at the English Department, Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil. 


Mendes de Oliveira, Milene. (2017). Sociopragmatic failure revisited: the case of intercultural communication between Brazilians and Americans. Revista Brasileira de Línguistica Aplicada 17(2), 307-334.
Mendes de Oliveira, Milene (2017). Conceptualizations of respect in business negotiations: a research note. International Journal of Language and Culture 4(2), 254-272.
Mendes de Oliveira, Milene (2015). Assertiveness, Compliance, and Politeness: Pragmatic and Sociocultural Aspects of ‘Brazilian English’ and American English. International Journal of Society, Culture and Language 3(1), 76-90.
Schröder, Ulrike; Mendes de Oliveira, Milene (2011). Repensando o ensino de cultura em aulas de língua estrangeira [Rethinking the teaching of culture in foreign language classes]. Signum. Estudos de Linguagem 14(1), 311–332.


Second Language Acquisition
Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics