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PGSE3101 - Beginning Portuguese      

This course sequence is designed for students with no previous classroom instruction or functional ability in Portuguese, and little or no previous experience in another Romance Language. Students are exposed to intensive grammar instruction to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Most students completing this course sequence will be able to initiate, sustain, and close a conversation dealing with familiar or predictable topics, and will be able to write short narratives and read authentic texts based on specific reading strategies. They will notice a tremendous difference in terms of comprehension from week 1 to week 7, and by the end of the program they will create with the language to a certain degree, combining elements to communicate personal meaning and satisfy relatively simple social demands with confidence, often in a reactive mode. Students in this course will also be able to better understand the complexities of the target language culture. Based on data gathered during the previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this program achieved “Intermediate” sublevels in the final oral assessment.

Basic bibliography: Pastreau, C. et al. Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. 2nd. Edition, Prentice Hall, 2012.

Set with Textbook, SAM, answer key, and Portuguese-English dictionary. SAM and answer key may be Brazilian Port. or European Port., depending on the variant student wants to emphasize.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3102 - Beginning Portuguese      

This course sequence is designed for students with no previous classroom instruction or functional ability in Portuguese, and little or no previous experience in another Romance Language. Students are exposed to intensive grammar instruction to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Most students completing this course sequence will be able to initiate, sustain, and close a conversation dealing with familiar or predictable topics, and will be able to write short narratives and read authentic texts based on specific reading strategies. They will notice a tremendous difference in terms of comprehension from week 1 to week 7, and by the end of the program they will create with the language to a certain degree, combining elements to communicate personal meaning and satisfy relatively simple social demands with confidence, often in a reactive mode. Students in this course will also be able to better understand the complexities of the target language culture. Based on data gathered during the previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this program achieved “Intermediate” sublevels in the final oral assessment.

Basic bibliography: Pastreau, C. et al. Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. 2nd. Edition, Prentice Hall, 2012.

Set with Textbook, SAM, answer key, and Portuguese-English dictionary. SAM and answer key may be Brazilian Port. or European Port., depending on the variant student wants to emphasize.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3103 - Cultural Studies I      

This course sequence is designed for students with no previous classroom instruction or functional ability in Portuguese, and little or no previous experience in another Romance Language. It is intended to expand the PGSE 3101 & PSGE 3102 courses, with a focus on the cultural manifestations that shape the Lusophone world today. The program integrates the teaching of language through formal classroom instruction in a cultural context that may include music, cinema, history, geography, literature, and the arts in general, as a means to build up vocabulary and reinforce language structures learned in the grammar class. Therefore, a systematic review of Portuguese grammar is included, especially during the first two weeks. Most students completing this course sequence will be able to read, interpret, analyze, and discuss simple texts that deal with cultural aspects and phenomena related to the Portuguese-speaking countries. As a result, they start developing their argumentative discourse, critical thinking, and the ability to express their opinion, many times relating topics to their own experience. As proficiency increases, they improve their presentational and interpersonal modes of communication.

Bibliography for PGSE 3103 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3151 - Intensive Beg Pgse Span Speakr      

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PGSE3152 - Intensive Beg Pgse Span Speakr      

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PGSE3153 - Cultural Studies 1.5      

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3195 - High Beginning Portuguese      

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3196 - High Beginning Portuguese      

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PGSE3197 - Cultural Studies 1.75      

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PGSE3201 - Intermediate Portuguese I      

The majority of students enrolling in this sequence will have completed one to two semesters of Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of "Novice-High," according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this class, they will strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and improve their mastery of the language while increasing vocabulary and functional communicative ability. They also start developing the ability to sustain communicative exchanges using connected discourse of paragraph length, diminishing increasingly their pattern of errors. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Mid." Depending on motivation, effort, and previous knowledge some students may progress to a level of "Intermediate-High" or "Advanced-Low" during this sequence.

Basic Bibliography: Português & Comunicação, Santos.
Minidicionário da Língua Portuguesa, Ruth Rocha. Scipione, 2008.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3202 - Intermediate Portuguese I      

The majority of students enrolling in this sequence will have completed one to two semesters of Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of "Novice-High," according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this class, they will strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and improve their mastery of the language while increasing vocabulary and functional communicative ability. They also start developing the ability to sustain communicative exchanges using connected discourse of paragraph length, diminishing increasingly their pattern of errors. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Mid." Depending on motivation, effort, and previous knowledge some students may progress to a level of "Intermediate-High" or "Advanced-Low" during this sequence.

Basic Bibliography: Português & Comunicação, Santos.
Minidicionário da Língua Portuguesa, Ruth Rocha. Scipione, 2008.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3203 - Cultural Studies II      

This course sequence is intended for students who have completed one to two semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3201 & PSGE 3202 courses. In this program, modes of communication are integrated within cultural thematic units that explore the diversity and complexity of the Portuguese-speaking countries nowadays. Students will further develop their communicative skills through intensive exposure to authentic reading in the target language, debates, in-class presentations, and discussions of cultural phenomena in depth, while increasing and enriching their vocabulary and being in contact with different registers. These units may include tests and/or final projects. Among other fields, these thematic units may encompass the study of the environment and sustainability of the Amazon rain forest, Afro-Brazilian heritage and tradition, media in the Portuguese-speaking world, culture and civilization of the Lusophone world, paradoxes of Brazil, and art history, which may also include participation in workshops and exhibitions. The interpersonal and in-depth exchanges will help them grasp the target language culture, as well as develop fluency as they use a more structured argument to convey meaning with confidence and accuracy.

Bibliography for PGSE 3203 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3298 - Intermediate Portuguese II      

Most of the students enrolling in this course sequence will have thoroughly completed one year to three semesters of Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Low” (and occasionally “Intermediate-Mid"), according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this class, they will strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and improve their mastery of the language while increasing vocabulary and functional communicative ability. Students will be also exposed to the reading of short stories and other authentic texts in the target language, participating actively in conversations and debates in both formal and informal settings. They also develop the ability to sustain communicative exchanges using connected discourse of paragraph length and substance, discussing several different topics related to the Lusophone world nowadays, as they exchange information widespread in the media, such as articles and news from magazines and newspapers, diminishing increasingly their pattern of errors. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Intermediate-High." Depending on motivation, effort, and previous knowledge some students may progress to a level of "Advanced-Low" or "Advanced-Mid" during this sequence.

Basic Bibliography: Português & Comunicação, Santos. Portuguese School, 2017.
Mini Dicionário Aurélio da Língua Portuguesa, Aurélio Buarque de Holanda
Positivo, 2010.
Português Descomplicado, Carlos Pimentel. Saraiva, 2009.
Comédias para se ler na escola. Luis Fernando Verissimo. Objetiva, 2001.
Readings provided by the instructor.

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3299 - Intermediate Portuguese II      

Most of the students enrolling in this course sequence will have thoroughly completed one year to three semesters of Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Low” (and occasionally “Intermediate-Mid"), according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this class, they will strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and improve their mastery of the language while increasing vocabulary and functional communicative ability. Students will be also exposed to the reading of short stories and other authentic texts in the target language, participating actively in conversations and debates in both formal and informal settings. They also develop the ability to sustain communicative exchanges using connected discourse of paragraph length and substance, discussing several different topics related to the Lusophone world nowadays, as they exchange information widespread in the media, such as articles and news from magazines and newspapers, diminishing increasingly their pattern of errors. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Intermediate-High." Depending on motivation, effort, and previous knowledge some students may progress to a level of "Advanced-Low" or "Advanced-Mid" during this sequence.

Basic Bibliography: Português & Comunicação, Santos. Portuguese School, 2017.
Mini Dicionário Aurélio da Língua Portuguesa, Aurélio Buarque de Holanda
Positivo, 2010.
Português Descomplicado, Carlos Pimentel. Saraiva, 2009.
Comédias para se ler na escola. Luis Fernando Verissimo. Objetiva, 2001.
Readings provided by the instructor.

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3300 - Cultural Studies 2.5      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had one year to three semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3298 & PSGE 3299 courses. In this program, modes of communication are integrated within cultural thematic units that explore the diversity and complexity of the Portuguese-speaking countries nowadays. Students will further develop their communicative skills through intensive exposure to authentic reading in the target language, debates, in-class presentations, and discussions of cultural phenomena in depth, while increasing and enriching their vocabulary and being in contact with different registers. Students will be strongly encouraged to participate actively in the series of lectures offered by the Portuguese School, so that they have the opportunity to discuss different topics and contemporary phenomena of the Lusophone world. These cultural studies may include tests and/or final projects. Among other fields, these thematic units may encompass the study of the history of Brazil, music of the repression, Brazilian environment and sustainability, emergent Brazil, Afro-Brazilian heritage and tradition, media in the Portuguese-speaking world, culture and civilization of the Lusophone world, and the arts in general, which may also include participation in workshops and exhibitions. The interpersonal and in-depth exchanges will help them grasp the target language culture, as well as develop fluency as they use a more structured argument to convey meaning with confidence and accuracy.

Bibliography for PGSE 3300 will vary each year. Material provided by the instructors.

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3301 - Intermediate Portuguese III      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have completed at least three semesters of study in Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of “Intermediate-High” (and occasionally at least "Intermediate-Mid"), according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Many times, students enrolled in this level have also participated in study abroad programs in countries where the target language is spoken, besides their traditional exposure to Portuguese at college. Students will engage in intensive language instruction to strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures, as well as improve their mastery of the language while increasing vocabulary and functional communicative ability. Students completing this sequence will participate actively in in-depth conversations on topics of both personal and public interest, using and combining a variety of communicative devices to satisfy linguistic needs. They may also develop a discourse in a more professional level. By the end of the program, students tend to achieve a proficiency level of "Advanced-Low" or "Advanced-Mid". Depending on motivation, effort, and diligence, some students will progress to “Advanced-High” during this sequence.

Required Text: Cereja, William, Cochar, Thereza. 2010. Gramática Reflexiva. São Paulo: Editora Atual.

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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PGSE3302 - Cultural Studies III      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had at least three semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3301 & PSGE 3302 courses. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as the environment and sustainability, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. In this level they also use the language in a hypothetical way, learning how to discuss topics both concretely and abstractly.

Bibliography for PGSE 3302/03 will vary each year.

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PGSE3303 - Cultural Studies III      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had at least three semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3301 & PSGE 3302 courses. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as the environment and sustainability, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. In this level they also use the language in a hypothetical way, learning how to discuss topics both concretely and abstractly.

Bibliography for PGSE 3302/03 will vary each year.

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PGSE3398 - Advanced Portuguese I      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have completed successfully three to four semesters of study in Portuguese and will have a proficiency level of “Intermediate-High" or “Advanced-Low” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Students enrolled in this level are able to watch authentic TV programs, read authentic texts and communicate with Portuguese speakers on several different familiar topics. In this level, they will continue to strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and will continue to master the language, while increasing rich and diverse vocabulary through extensive reading. They will also learn how to deal with linguistically unfamiliar situations, which usually help them cope with complicated communicative exchanges. They will practice writing and speaking at different registers as well, studying cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Advanced-Mid or High". Depending on motivation, effort, and diligence, some students will progress to the “Superior” level during this sequence. This course sequence is not offered every summer.

Basic bibliography: Mesquita, Roberto Melo and Matos, Cloder Rivas. 2009. Gramática Pedagógica. São Paulo: Saraiva, in addition to short stories, chronicles, and current readings.

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PGSE3399 - Cultural Studies 3.5      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had the equivalent to three to four semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. This course sequence is only offered when we have students enrolled in 3398.

Bibliography for PGSE 3399/3400 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

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PGSE3400 - Cultural Studies 3.5      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had the equivalent to three to four semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. This course sequence is only offered when we have students enrolled in 3398.

Bibliography for PGSE 3399/3400 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

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PGSE3401 - Advanced Portuguese II      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a good foundation of Portuguese after usually the equivalent to two years of study, and will have a proficiency level of at least "Advanced-low," according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue their linguistic development through the study of specific cultural aspects that enable them to increase vocabulary, as well as language proficiency while learning more about the Lusophone world. Classes are designed to enable students to practice written and oral language addressing different registers, and they will also explore literary texts in depth. They tend to participate intensively and effectively in formal and informal conversations, on topics related to their professional areas and scholarly interests, but also on unfamiliar topics that demand a more focused and elaborated pattern of discourse to convey complex meanings. Most students who successfully complete this sequence will typically develop skills at the “Advanced-High” and, occasionally, they might achieve the “Superior” level of proficiency.

Basic bibliography: Perini, Mario A. Gramática do Português Brasileiro 2010, Editora Parabola Editorial.

Vários autores. 2010. Contos Africanos dos países de língua portuguesa. São Paulo: Ática.

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PGSE3402 - Cultural Studies IV      

This course sequence is intended for students who usually have had the equivalent to two years of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3401 & PSGE 3402 courses. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as discourse analysis in Portuguese, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. They will further develop their skills to defend opinion and use hypotheses in extended discourses, maintaining a high degree of linguistic accuracy. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world.

Bibliography for PGSE 3402/03 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

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PGSE3403 - Cultural Studies IV      

This course sequence is intended for students who usually have had the equivalent to two years of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3401 & PSGE 3402 courses. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as discourse analysis in Portuguese, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. They will further develop their skills to defend opinion and use hypotheses in extended discourses, maintaining a high degree of linguistic accuracy. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world.

Bibliography for PGSE 3402/03 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

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PGSE3418 - PGSE Phonology & Phonetics      

This is an introductory course on analytical and practical study of contemporary Portuguese pronunciation (phonetics and phonology). The overall objective of this course is to understand the phonetic features of Portuguese sounds in comparison to English and other languages, and how these sounds operate (phonological processes) when they form syllables, words, sentences and discourse.

Bibliography: Como falam os brasileiros 3a. edição (CFB). Yonne Leite e Dinah Callou. 2005. Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar Editor; Fonética e Fonologia do Português Roteiro de Estudos e Guia de Exercícios 9ª. Thaïs Cristófaro da Silva; São Paulo: Contexto, 2007; Exercícios de fonética e fonologia. Thaïs Cristófaro da Silva, São Paulo: Contexto, 2003

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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PGSE3428 - Lusophone Poetry      

Poetry of the Lusophone World

This course is offered at the undergraduate level with a particular focus on the study of the poetry produced in the Portuguese-speaking countries. Students will be exposed to the genre by the analysis of the production of different groups of poets, which include authors from Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese Africa, exploring their socio-political-racial-gender and aesthetic traits. In addition to the reading and discussion of the selected material, the course also includes theoretical texts with different approaches, in order to promote a deeper understanding of the poetic production within its historical, political, economic, and cultural realities, such as colonization, decolonization, postcolonial lusophone studies, the lusophone diaspora, and the construction of national identity. Bibliography will vary each year.

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PGSE6618 - PGSE Phonology & Phonetics      

This is an introductory course on analytical and practical study of contemporary Portuguese pronunciation (phonetics and phonology). The overall objective of this course is to understand the phonetic features of Portuguese sounds in comparison to English and other languages, and how these sounds operate (phonological processes) when they form syllables, words, sentences and discourse.

Bibliography: Como falam os brasileiros 3a. edição (CFB). Yonne Leite e Dinah Callou. 2005. Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar Editor; Fonética e Fonologia do Português Roteiro de Estudos e Guia de Exercícios 9ª. Thaïs Cristófaro da Silva; São Paulo: Contexto, 2007; Exercícios de fonética e fonologia. Thaïs Cristófaro da Silva, São Paulo: Contexto, 2003

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PGSE6628 - Lusophone Poetry      

Poetry of the Lusophone World

This course is offered at the graduate level with a particular focus on the study of the poetry produced in the Portuguese-speaking countries. Students will be exposed to the genre by the analysis of the production of different groups of poets, which include authors from Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese Africa, exploring their socio-political-racial-gender and aesthetic traits. In addition to the reading and discussion of the selected material, the course also includes theoretical texts with different approaches, in order to promote a deeper understanding of the poetic production within its historical, political, economic, and cultural realities, such as colonization, decolonization, postcolonial lusophone studies, the lusophone diaspora, and the construction of national identity. Bibliography will vary each year.

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The Portuguese School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
portugueseschool@middlebury.edu
P: 802.443.5292
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Portuguese School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Laura Bachand, Coordinator
lbachand@middlebury.edu