PORTUG 101 - Elementary Portuguese
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Portuguese (PORTUG)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PORTUG 100 or 415.
Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Elementary Portuguese is designed to introduce students to the language and culture of Portuguese speaking countries. The culture of Portugal and the African Countries of Official Portuguese Language, PALOP (Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa) are introduced as well.

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 — by the end of the academic term — communicate, understand what’s said, speak, read and write in everyday practical situations at the novice high level.

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 Portuguese speaking countries websites are used to develop reading comprehension and writing skills. Internet research introduce students to contemporary life and culture in Portuguese speaking countries, heightening students cultural awareness, improving listening and speaking skills.

Students will learn the variety of Portuguese spoken in Brazil by educated speakers. The Ponto de Encontro website offers students the opportunity to listen to both: Brazilian and European Portuguese.


This course is designed to give students the ability to understand the Portuguese of everyday life when spoken at a moderate speed, to be understood in typical situations of everyday life, and to read non-technical Portuguese of moderate difficulty. Students develop the skills to understand, communicate, read and write in everyday practical situations. Students completing the course will be able to hold spontaneous conversations on everyday topics, understand the gist of one-way communications like those on radio and television, read for practical information, and write simple correspondence and compositions on familiar topics.

By the end of the academic term— depending on how actively students participated in class, and completed the homework — they should 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 in basic conversational situations, at the novice high level. Syntax typically is influenced by students' first language.

Administrativo Materiais Requisitados

The second edition of the text, workbook, and a dictionary package.

  • PONTO DE ENCONTRO&MPL/ETX MULTI-SEM&DK PKG ISBN-10: 0205981887 • ISBN-13: 9780205981885 Published 07/19/2013
  • Any grammar book published after January 2009 (reflecting the 1990 Acordo Ortográfico, so you learn how to accurately read and write in Portuguese.
  • Highly recommended: 501 verbs

Course Requirements:

Classroom work involves gradual introduction of Portuguese structure through dialogues and communication exercises, with a focus on speaking.

Homework consists of reading and listening activities, completing daily exercises, writing short essays, reviewing vocabulary, CTools activities, studying grammar, memorizing structures, verb forms, completing speaking practices in the digital workbook site, researching on the Internet for authentic material to complete treasure hunts, and short writings on the Forum in Canvas.

Critério de Avaliação 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, speaking practice, two speaking tests, and a final examination.

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PORTUG 101 - Elementary Portuguese
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001 (REC)
MTuWTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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