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Accelerated Fourth-Year Portuguese

4th-Year Portuguese

The objectives for fourth-year Portuguese revolve around the following abilities:

Interpersonal Abilities

Interpretive Abilities

Presentational Abilities

Interacting with others

Understanding Portuguese

Use  language to

  • to participate fully and effectively in formal and informal conversations about concrete and some abstract topics by contributing ideas and opinions with great fluency and confidence, and organizing them with precision and accuracy.
  • to follow with ease and confidence conventional narrative and descriptive texts of any length, in addition to some more complex argumentative materials in newscasts, and videos of familiar and non-familiar topics
  • give extemporaneous presentations of 20-30 minutes in length about factual and some abstract information, by organizing their ideas in paragraph-like units connected to each other
  • to convey easily and confidently accurate and detailed concrete information, as well as  constructing well-structured arguments to support opinions on familiar topics
  • to comprehend fully and with ease conventional factual narrative and descriptive texts of any length, as well as the main points of more complex argumentative materials
  • write informal and formal correspondence, summaries, reports and narratives, as well as write extensively about a certain number of topics, producing papers with connected paragraphs of 10-15 pages
  • to speak without hesitation or patterned errors while starting to use extended discourse and some abstract elaborations and hypothesis formulation on familiar topics
  • to demonstrate a developing awareness of aesthetic value of language, literary styles and authors’ inferences
  • write with ease in all three time frames, with solid control of aspect,  substantial precision in grammar and a fairly wide general vocabulary, producing highly cohesive texts
  • to convey formality and informality with ease in a variety of interpersonal and public situations.
  • to use with confidence their knowledge of conventions of the language to compensate for eventual difficulties in comprehension
  • clearly monitor their speaking and writing, differentiating between formal and informal language
  • to use with ease and confidence strategies such as rephrasing, illustrating and circumlocution to compensate for limitations in vocabulary or structures
  • to comprehend sequencing, time frames and chronology, and recognize basic argument(s) on familiar topics
  • use paraphrase and elaboration to provide clarity to the listening/reading audience.

The track of courses for fourth-year Portuguese consists of three courses:

PORTLANG 161. Advanced Reading in Portuguese

The course emphasizes high-level reading comprehension and leads to advanced development of communication skills for extended formal and informal discourse in Portuguese. Reading and analysis of academic discourse in the field of interest.

Prerequisite: placement test, 101, or consent of instructor.

3-5 units

PORTLANG 162. Advanced Writing in Portuguese

The course has two tracks depending on the interest of the student: a) technical writing (business letters, technical reports, expressing/supporting opinions, etc.) and b) creative writing (‘cornices,’ short stories, poems, etc.).

Prerequisite: placement test, 102, or consent of instructor.
3-5 units

PORTLANG 163. Contemporary Issues in the Lusophone World

The class emphasizes on formal presentations/discussions in Portuguese, based on contemporary issues in the Lusophone world. Students use as linguistic models newspaper and magazine articles, TV news broadcasts, online news services, films, art exhibits, news on scientific advances, etc. Focus is on mastering high-level vocabulary/structures for appropriate use in professional settings.

Prerequisite: placement test, 103, or consent of instructor.

3-5 units