Elementary Portuguese II

Syllabus

In Elementary Portuguese II, students will have a chance to broaden the skills they learned in Elementary Portuguese I. More grammar topics will be covered, including the Subjunctive Mood in the Present Tense. Several thematic vocabularies will be added, including tourism, environmental issues, personal care, among others. Students are expected to work in pairs or small groups in every class. All classes are taught in Portuguese, and students are expected to communicate in Portuguese while in class. There are daily homework assignments, including listening exercises.

1. Goals

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

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance, e.g. very basic personal and family information, traveling, local geography, employment;
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters;
  • Describe, in simple terms, aspects of your background and personal history;
  • Understand the main point, the basic content and the plot of a film or tex;
  • Understand the main point, the basic content and the plot of short literary written texts.
  • Listening
  • Understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance, e.g. very basic personal and family information, traveling, local area, employment;
  • Catch the main point in a short, clear, simple message, announcement or film.
  • Speaking
  • Use a series of phrases and sentences to describe, in simple terms, your family and other people, living conditions, your educational background and your present or most recent job;
  • Use simple utterances and expressions to describe yourself and your immediate environment, as well as to describe well-known people and their immediate environment.
  • Interact
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities;
  • Ask for and understand instructions/directions on how to get to a place, if given by a cooperative speaker.
  • Reading
  • Read very short, simple texts;
  • Find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, announcements, menus and schedules;
  • Understand short simple personal letters;
  • Understand the main point, the basic content and the plot of short literary written texts.
  • Writing
  • Write short, simple notes and messages;
  • Write a simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something or narrating in a very basic way a vacation or a trip.

2. Contents

Contents for this course will reflect the contents of the textbook (chapters 8-15). However, no textbook is perfect and many revisions, corrections, and adaptations will be made throughout the course. Some important issues relevant to learning Portuguese are:

  • Portuguese as a world language. There are several problems derived from dialectation given the wide use of Portuguese as a first and second language around the world. For this class, the instructor will focus on her variant of the language. However, students should be able to recognize more salient traits of the most widely spoken linguistic variants.
  • Complex register. On top of dialectation, there are several important issues for the learner of Portuguese due to differences in register (formal vs. informal, written vs. oral language). This course will focus on informal oral language as it is spoken by native speakers (descriptive), rather than ideal prescriptive approaches found in Portuguese grammar books that appear mostly in formal, written texts.

3. Office Hours Students are strongly encouraged to visit the professor throughout the semester to work on their difficulties, discuss their performance in the course, seek orientation in the language learning process, and explore professional/academic/personal possibilities involving Portuguese and the Portuguese-speaking world. They are also always welcome to stop by to chat and just practice Portuguese. It is the student’s responsibility to seek help from the instructor during office hours promptly in case further explanation is needed. Please note that office hours are an important resource and are provided for the benefit of students.

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Pre-Requisites

Elementary Portuguese I

Bibliography

Klobucka, Anna. et al. (2012, 2nd ed.). Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a world language. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Klobucka, Anna. et al. (2012, 2nd ed.). Brazilian activities manual for Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a world language. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Website: http://wps.prenhall.com/ml_ponto_de_encontro_2e/

External Resources

Textbook website: http://wps.prenhall.com/ml_ponto_de_encontro_2e/