An elementary language course in Portuguese with emphasis on Brazilian culture through multimedia materials related to culture and society in contemporary Brazil.

The purpose of this course is to help student develop basic tools for communication in Portuguese.  Ideally, at the end of this first course, students should be able to speak and write in Portuguese so as to have a nice interaction among native speakers.  It is also intended to introduce aspects of the local culture and traditions so students can get to know the lusophone world and everything that it offers. During classes there is an emphasis in Oral Communication through several techniques; therefore participation in classes is vital for a good command of the language. So, students need to be present and willing to speak.  It is also taken into consideration their written works and participation in projects during the quarters.


Huback, Ana Paula. Castellanos-Pazos, José Antonio. Moreira, Ricardo Antônio: Gramática básica do português brasileiro.


Course policies and expectations. The daily class assignments are listed on the web course syllabus. You are expected to be thoroughly familiar with the material for each day BEFORE going to class. Homework is to be handed in on the day stated on the syllabus. Late or incomplete homework will NOT be credited. You must correct your own homework with the answers given in Gramática básica.   Use pencil first and then a different color ink for the corrections.

  • Be on time to classes (3 late arrivals constitute one absence)
  • Portuguese is our language of communication during classes.
  • Be prepared to work in groups, pairs and to participate during classes.
  • Quizzes and written assignments will also be required throughout the semester.
  • Final Exam date is pre-determined by Columbia University and it cannot be changed.
  • Bring your book (Gramática básica) and writing materials to all classes.

Class attendance and participation. Departmental Policy on Absences You are expected to attend all classes throughout the semester. The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures has an across-the-board policy on class absences. Students enrolled in courses that meet three times a week who have four (4) unexcused absences or more will see their final grade reduced by one full letter grade. Students enrolled in courses that meet two times a week who have three (3) unexcused absences or more will see their final grade reduced by one letter grade. In courses that meet only once a week two (2) unexcused absences will lead to a grade reduction of one letter grade. An excused absence is an absence due to a religious holiday or one for which you can provide some form of written justification from a physician or dean. You should not interpret this policy as entitling you to a given number of free absences from class. You should see it as a hedge against illness and other unforeseen circumstances that may make it impossible for you to attend class. Academic Integrity The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures fully supports and adheres to all Columbia University policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty (plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, etc.). The work you submit in this class is expected to be your own. If you submit work that has been copied from any published or unpublished source (including the Internet) without attribution, that has been prepared by someone other than you, or that in any way misrepresents somebody else’s work as your own you will face disciplining by the university. It is expected that all students abide by the university’s Code of Academic Integrity: http://www.college.columbia.edu/facultyadmin/academicintegrity and that they refrain from any activity constitutive of academic dishonesty as defined therein. For additional information, visit the section on Academic Integrity in the College and University Policies: http://www.college.columbia.edu/bulletin/universitypolicies.php or consult your instructor in the event of any uncertainty on your part about what may constitute academic dishonesty.


Quizzes/ tests (5 minimum): 20% – 200 points.

Presentations: 10% – 100 points.

Major compositions or written projects (3): 15% – 150 points.

Class participation: 20% – 200 points.

Mid-Term: 15% – 150 points.

Final exam: 20% – 200 points.

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Placement test / SAT score.