Comprehensive Intermediate Portuguese

Syllabus

This course discusses contemporary issues based on articles from Lusophone newspapers and magazines. Students will review grammar, expand their vocabulary and improve oral expression, writing, and reading skills. They will also be exposed to audiovisual material that will deepen their understanding of Lusophone societies and cultures.

Comprehensive Intermediate Portuguese focuses on three main points: Brazilian culture, advanced grammar and language practice. Students will be required to prepare and read materials on selected topics, as assigned by the instructor. This course has many group activities. Therefore, students should come to class willing to participate and cooperate with their peers.

PORT 1220 encompasses two semesters of Portuguese courses in only one. You should take this course knowing beforehand that it will present a workload heavier than a regular Portuguese course, and students are expected to dedicate twice as much time to homework assignments and graded activities. Strong dedication and commitment are required from the students. Grades A are reserved for outstanding work.

GOALS

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the main points in texts written in standard language when they deal with familiar issues;
  • Produce texts about familiar themes;
  • Describe experiences, events, wishes, aspirations, and feelings, as well as justify opinions and explain future plans;
  • Control the habitual mechanisms of communication;
  • Give messages to others;
  • Understand and give opinions about different types of text.

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Pre-Requisites

This course is an intensive and fast-paced coverage of both PORT UN2101 and PORT UN2102. Students MUST demonstrate a strong foundation in Portuguese and meet the following REQUIREMENT: A- or higher in PORT UN1102 or PORT UN1320. If you fulfill the above requirement, you do not need the instructor's permission to register. HOWEVER the instructor will additionally assess student proficiency during the Change of Program Period. Students who do not have the necessary proficiency level may not remain in this course. This course replaces the sequence PORT UN2101-PORT UN2102.

Bibliography

Huback, Ana Paula. Course packet developed for Comprehensive Intermediate Portuguese. Unpublished, 2014