About the Program
Introductory Portuguese is a course designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language. The course is divided into four proficiency levels, with each level consisting of eight two-hour sessions over an eight-week period. The primary objective of the course is to enable students to communicate in basic and uncomplicated subjects. Additionally, students will gain exposure to the diverse cultures of Portuguese-speaking countries through the reading of authentic materials, such as brief dialogues, music, and videos. The class will be conducted primarily in Portuguese, although English may be used occasionally for the sake of clarity. By the end of this course series, most students will possess the ability to initiate, maintain, and conclude simple conversations on familiar topics. Furthermore, they will be capable of writing concise narratives and reading straightforward authentic texts.
Intermediate I, II,III, and IIII
Students who enroll in this course should have an introductory level of proficiency, as determined by the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Throughout the course, students will enhance their understanding of grammatical and syntactical structures, improving their mastery of the language and expanding their vocabulary and ability to effectively communicate. They will also begin to develop the skill of sustaining communicative exchanges through connected paragraphs, gradually reducing the number of errors they make. The Cultural Studies aspect of the course may cover the diversity and complexity of Portuguese-speaking countries. The interpersonal exchanges in the class will not only help students understand the culture associated with the target language, but will also assist in the development of fluency by encouraging the use of structured arguments to convey meaning with confidence and accuracy.
By the end of the course, most students should achieve a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Mid or High", with a few potentially reaching "Advanced-Low". Prerequisite: Students must obtain placement and/or approval from the instructor and/or director prior to registering for this course.