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Accelerated Third-Year Portuguese

3rd-Year Portuguese

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

Interpersonal Abilities

Interpretive Abilities

Presentational Abilities

Interacting with others

Understanding Portuguese

Use  language to

  • to participate in conversations as real contributors, and to organize their ideas and opinions in cohesive   communicative speech/text units.
  • to identify with ease the main ideas and supporting details of straightforward oral narratives and descriptions, such as newscasts and short informative videos of familiar and non-familiar topics
  • give extemporaneous presentations of 15-25 minutes in length about factual information, organizing their ideas in structured paragraph-like units
  • to convey precise and detailed concrete information about autobiographical topics and topics of interest to the community, the nation or the world, narrating in all three time frames of present, past and future
  • to identify with ease the main ideas and supporting details in authentic written texts of factual nature about familiar and non-familiar topics
  • write informal and some formal correspondence, summaries, reports as well as narrative, descriptive, and comparative essays of 2-5 pages
  • to communicate with ease through the use of a substantial generic vocabulary and showing sufficient control of basic linguistic structures
  • to independently locate basic time frame references in concrete, conventional discourse and texts to use them as clues to compensate for eventual gaps in understanding
  • write with ease in all three time frames, by using a substantial  generic vocabulary and sufficient control of linguistic structures to produce cohesive texts units
  • to deal easily and successfully with social situations in which unexpected developments may occur
  • to independently use their knowledge of conventions of the language to compensate for eventual gaps in understanding
  • systematically monitor their speaking and writing for features not characteristic of formal language
  • to use circumlocution  and rephrasing strategies effectively to resolve difficulties in communication
  • to comprehend sequencing, time frames and chronology, and even recognize basic argument(s) on familiar topics
  • use paraphrase and elaboration to provide clarity to the listening/reading audience.

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

PORTLANG 101. Reading Brazil

Short and chapter-size expository readings, guest lectures, discussions on Brazilian issues. Review of grammatical structures. Vocabulary building with emphasis on common idiomatic expressions and troublesome lexical distinctions.

Prerequisite: 12A or equivalent, placement test, or consent of instructor.

3-5 units

PORTLANG 102. Brazil in Text: Advanced Grammar & Composition

Further development of academic writing. Short expository readings, guest lectures, discussions, compositions on contemporary issues. Emphasis on building paragraphs, organizing logical sequences, and justifying positions. May be used as a workshop to write papers in Portuguese for another course. May be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite: 12A or equivalent, placement test, or consent of instructor.

3-5 units

PORTLANG 103. Advanced Conversation: Brazil Today

Reading and discussions on contemporary issues from current newspapers, magazines, and newscast videos; reading comprehension strategies with online news updates, and vocabulary building, with emphasis on formal expository speech. Some writing practice if desired. Students prepare short presentations and lead – or participate in -- subsequent discussions. May be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite: 12A or equivalent, placement test, or consent of instructor.

3-5 units