Portuguese Introductory I – syllabus
(PORT1003 / 3 credits)
This Portuguese Introductory I language course is designed to meet the needs of SIT students with minimal or no Portuguese language proficiency. The course focuses on oral expression, comprehension, structure, and grammar, and integrates the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through a student-centered learning approach. Students engage in class activities and are encouraged to speak Portuguese to their language competence. The student’s learning is enhanced and reinforced through the utilization of audio and visual aids, regular field visits, and weekly tutorials. Course content focuses on grammatical structure, greetings, verb conjugation and tenses, regular and irregular verbs, prepositions, possessives, definite and indefinite articles, demonstrative pronouns, object pronouns, adverbs, indefinite pronouns, and negative, affirmative, and interrogative forms.
Portuguese Introductory II – syllabus
(PORT1503 / 3 credits)
The Portuguese Introductory II course is focused on developing the student’s communication skills in Portuguese. Special emphasis is dedicated to the understanding of spoken Portuguese both in formal and colloquial contexts, as participants will engage with a broad variety of native speakers including public officials. The course includes a variety of teaching strategies and approaches, such as lecturing, peer practice, in-class and outside-of-class interviews, field trips with preestablished assignments, songs, games, and videos of cultural and/or linguistic relevance. An effort is made to provide students with realistic situations where the language spoken is a tool, rather than an object in itself, encouraging its authentic and creative use. The field-based classes are carefully planned to provide students with the opportunity to interact with native speakers in a less controlled environment.
Portuguese Intermediate – syllabus
(PORT2003 / 3 credits)
The Portuguese Intermediate course is designed to expand and reinforce student knowledge of more complex linguistic structures at progressive levels of difficulty. Student learning is enhanced and reinforced through the utilization of media such as newspapers, academic articles, and magazines. The course incorporates field experience and students are encouraged to research and report on topics related to development and sustainability. By the end of the course, students demonstrate ability to interact with native speakers who are professionals in the field of development and sustainability. with the opportunity to interact with native speakers in a less controlled environment.