PORTUG 101 - Elementary Portuguese
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Portuguese (PORTUG)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Course Note:
PORTUG 101 is offered only in the Fall Academic Term.
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PORTUG 100 or 415.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Elementary Portuguese is designed to introduce students to the language and culture of Brazil.

Our focus is on the development of students' ability to understand spoken and written Portuguese, and be able to speak and write it themselves, developing their four language skills so they can communicate, understand what?s said, speak, read and write in everyday practical situations.

Our course is content-based, incorporating grammar in a functional use of language through listening, speaking, reading, and writing tasks. Vocabulary and structures are practiced in class through communicative activities, stressing listening and speaking.

Authentic materials from Brazilian websites are used to develop reading comprehension skills. Videos and Internet treasure hunts introduce students to contemporary Brazilian life and culture, heightening their cultural awareness and listening skills.

Homework involves completing daily activities on the workbook, completing audio-visual based tasks on C-tools, writing short notes, and researching on the Internet for authentic material to complete the treasure hunts.

To help you learn Portuguese, on c-tools we?ve uploaded: • Video clips introducing new structures for each chapter • Vocabulary practice material; • In addition, you?ll have access to a few short films.

Evaluation criteria: Regular attendance is crucial for progress. Grading is based on regular attendance, class participation -asking and answering questions in Portuguese, initiating discussion, role playing, and other situational activities- homework assignments (to prepare for in-class work, and tests) , quizzes, Internet research, a midterm, a group cultural project presented in class, 2 brief essays, 2 speaking tests, and a final examination.

By the end of the semester ?depending on how actively you participated in class, and completed the homework - we hope you?ll have a fair listening comprehension skill level, enough vocabulary, and a basic knowledge of the fundamental elements of Portuguese grammatical structure, to be able to understand and participate enthusiastically in basic conversational situations.

Required materials: The Ponto de Encontro text and workbook, a dictionary, and a grammar book. Highly recommended: 501 verbs. Sold at MI Book and Supply.

PORTUG 101 - Elementary Portuguese
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001 (REC)
MTuWTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0131894056
Ponto de encontro : Portuguese as a world language, Author: Anna M. Klobucka ... [et al.]., Publisher: Prentice Hall 1st ed. 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0131894080
Student activities manual : Brazilian Portuguese, ponto de encontro, Author: Anna M. Klobucka ... [et al.]., Publisher: Pearson, Prentice Hall 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
Michaelis Portuguese Dictionary
Portuguese Essentials of Grammar, Sue-Tyson-Ward
501 Portuguese Vebs
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