Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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Fall Courses

101 Beginning Portuguese I (3)

Fundamentals of modern European Portuguese. Emphasis on standard pronunciation, development of familiarity with most common grammar structures, and acquisition of working vocabulary.  Pre: no prior Portuguese is required. Will not count toward the language requirement if the student has studied Portuguese for more than one year within the last six years.

103 Intermediate Portuguese I (3)

Intensive and extensive reading of moderately difficult Portuguese prose, review of grammar structures, idiomatic expressions, conversation practice based on readings. Students enrolling in this course should have taken 102 or equivalent.

205 Portuguese Language and Style I (3)

The course will provide an excellent opportunity for students at different levels to improve their linguistic proficiency while learning more about the Lusophone world, comprised of over 240 million people in eight countries on four continents and global diasporas. The course will include readings of authors from these eight countries, grammar, composition, discussion of articles relevant to current topics, music and the use of film as the basis of teaching vocabulary, strengthening oral and written skills and presenting Lusophone culture.

Students enrolling in this course should have taken four semesters of college Portuguese or four years of high school Portuguese. Students who do not fulfill this prerequisite should obtain permission from instructor.

Spring Courses

102 Beginning Portuguese II (3)

Continuation of 101. Students enrolling in this course should have taken 101 or equivalent.

104 Intermediate Portuguese II (3)

Continuation of 103. Readings of more difficult texts. Class discussion and reports on supplementary readings. Students enrolling in this course should have taken 103 or equivalent.

206 Portuguese Language and Style II (3)

 Continuation of 205. Students enrolling in this course should have taken 205 or equivalent.

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