PORTUG 501 - Advanced Studies in Portuguese
Section: 002
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Portuguese (PORTUG)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
May not be repeated for credit.
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Portuguese for Speakers of Romance Languages is an accelerated course providing knowledge of grammatical structure, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to students who have native or near-native proficiency level in one, or more of the Romance Languages. Students apply their Romance Language skills to learn Portuguese by concentrating on the similarities and differences between the languages. Emphasis is placed on communication, and the active use of spoken language.

Students learning Brazilian Portuguese are expected to be able to communicate with African or European speakers of Portuguese as well. The text we use provides audiovisual exposure to both versions of Portuguese. Cultural aspects are illustrated in films, videos, music, and websites.

Our focus is on the development of students' ability to understand spoken and written Portuguese, and be able to speak and write it, 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. Students develop the skills to understand, communicate, read, and write in everyday practical situations.

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


To increase students’ proficiency in the language and to heighten their cross-cultural awareness. Students are expected to acquire the ability to understand conversational Portuguese, to communicate and convey ideas satisfactorily in everyday practical situations with native speakers, get acquainted with cultural elements of the eight Portuguese speaking nations, read newspapers, and write short essays.


Our goal is that students completing the course will be able to function at an Intermediate Low Mid proficiency level in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing; understand the gist of one-way communications like those on radio and television; 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, be able to understand conventional narrative and descriptive texts, descriptions of people, places, and things, and narrations about past, present, and future events, read for practical information and write simple correspondence and compositions on familiar topics.

PORTUG 501 - Advanced Studies in Portuguese
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002 (REC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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