Middlebury Language Schools

 

The 2015 Course Schedule will be available in the spring of 2015.

N.B. Course descriptions and required texts are subject to change.

Courses

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PGSE 3101 - 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 topics, and will be able to write short narratives and read authentic texts based on specific reading strategies. Based on data gathered during the previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this level achieved Intermediate levels 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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3102 - 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 topics, and will be able to write short narratives and read authentic texts based on specific reading strategies. Based on data gathered during the previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this level achieved Intermediate levels 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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3103 - 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 course, 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. 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, developing critical thinking, as well as improving their presentational and interpersonal modes of communication. Bibliography for PGSE 3103 will vary each year.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3198 - Intensive Beg Pgse Span Speakr      

Intensive Beginning Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

This course sequence focuses specifically on issues that arise when Spanish-speakers learn Portuguese. Because of the similarity between the two languages, typically Spanish speakers progress through Portuguese language classes at an astonishingly fast rate. In addition, with work on vocabulary and specific structures, they are able to communicate at a higher proficiency level in a shorter period of time. In this program, students not only have proficiency-oriented instruction to develop their communicational skills, but they are also constantly challenged to improve their pronunciation in the target language. Students with some formal instruction in Portuguese may also place in this level depending on their proficiency. Based on previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this level achieve Intermediate High to Advanced Low levels 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 a Spanish-Portuguese dictionary. SAM and answer key may be Brazilian Port. or European Port., depending on the variant student wants to emphasize.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3199 - Intensive Beg Pgse Span Speakr      

Intensive Beginning Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

This course sequence focuses specifically on issues that arise when Spanish-speakers learn Portuguese. Because of the similarity between the two languages, typically Spanish speakers progress through Portuguese language classes at an astonishingly fast rate. In addition, with work on vocabulary and specific structures, they are able to communicate at a higher proficiency level in a shorter period of time. In this program, students not only have proficiency-oriented instruction to develop their communicational skills, but they are also constantly challenged to improve their pronunciation in the target language. Students with some formal instruction in Portuguese may also place in this level depending on their proficiency. Based on previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this level achieve Intermediate High to Advanced Low levels 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 a Spanish-Portuguese dictionary. SAM and answer key may be Brazilian Port. or European Port., depending on the variant student wants to emphasize.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3200 - Cultural Studies 1.5      

Lusophone Cultural Studies 1.5

This course sequence is intended for students with a strong background in Spanish or in another Romance language (native or near-native proficiency). It is designed to expand the PSGE 3198 course, with a specific focus on the cultural manifestations that shape the Lusophone world nowadays. The program integrates the teaching of language in a formal classroom setting within a cultural context that may include history, media, music, cinema, literature, environment studies, and the arts in general, as well as the study of the colonization process and its cultural manifestations through a historical, geographical, political, and anthropological point of view. Students are also exposed to other phenomena that contributed to the formation of contemporary civilization in Portuguese-speaking countries through intensive reading and interpersonal oral expression, developing their listening, writing, interpretative, and communicative skills through critical thinking. Bibliography for PGSE 3200 will vary each year.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3201 - Intermediate Portuguese I      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have completed one year of Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of "novice high" or "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. 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: Emma Eberlein O. F. Lima, et al. N/ovo Avenida Brasil 3/: São Paulo: E.P.U. (Editora Pedagógica e Universitária), 2010.
Luís Veríssimo. Comédias para se ler na escola. Objetiva, 2001.
Reader, prepared by the instructor

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3202 - Intermediate Portuguese I      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have completed one year of Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of "novice high" or "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. 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: Emma Eberlein O. F. Lima, et al. N/ovo Avenida Brasil 3/: São Paulo: E.P.U. (Editora Pedagógica e Universitária), 2010.
Luís Veríssimo. Comédias para se ler na escola. Objetiva, 2001.
Reader, prepared by the instructor

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3203 - Cultural Studies II      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had one year of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3201 course. 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, and the arts in general, which may also include participation in workshops and exhibitions. Bibliography for PGSE 3203 will vary each year.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3301 - Intermediate Portuguese II      

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. 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 emerge with 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: Terra, Ernani & Nicola, José de. Gramática de hoje. 8th ed. 2011. São Paulo: Scipione.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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PGSE 3302 - 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 course. 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. Bibliography for PGSE 3302/3303 will vary each year.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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PGSE 3303 - 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 course. 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. Bibliography for PGSE 3302/3303 will vary each year.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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PGSE 3398 - Advanced Portuguese I      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have completed successfully three or more 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 and coping with unfamiliar topics through extensive reading. They will practice writing and speaking at different registers; and they will study 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.

Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3399 - 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, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3398 course. 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 not offered every summer. Bibliography for PGSE 3399/3400 will vary each year.

Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3400 - 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, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3398 course. 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 not offered every summer. Bibliography for PGSE 3399/3400 will vary each year.

Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 3401 - Advanced Portuguese II      

Students enrolling in this sequence will have a basic mastery 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. 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: Cereja, William, Cochar, Thereza. 2010. Gramática Reflexiva. São Paulo: Editora Atual.
Vários autores. 2010. Contos Africanos dos países de língua portuguesa. São Paulo: Ática.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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PGSE 3402 - 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 course. 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. 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 3402/3403 will vary each year.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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PGSE 3403 - 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 course. 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. 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 3402/3403 will vary each year.

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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PGSE 3418 - 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

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PGSE 3428 - 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.

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 6610 - Portuguese Methodology      

Students enrolling in this course have an oral proficiency of Advanced Low or above. In addition, they are at the advanced low level in writing and reading proficiency. The course explores the modes of communication described in the Portuguese Standards for Learning Languages in the 21st Century. Students will do extensive reading and critical writing about the newest language acquisition theories as they apply to second and third language learning and teaching. Students will also learn the principles of teaching, how to develop materials, exams, and a language curriculum (1 unit).

Bibliography: All readings and assignments are in Portuguese and may vary each time the course is taught.

Summer 2011

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PGSE 6616 - Film & Lit of Lusophone World      

Students enrolling in this course have an oral proficiency of Advanced Low or above. In addition, they are at the advanced level in writing and reading proficiency. The course explores a variety of novels from the Lusophone world. There will be a minimum of three authors who will be read and discussed; excerpts of several authors, and pertinent films. After discussing and analyzing in depth the respective works, students will write comparative papers applying theoretical frameworks of cross-cultural literary and filmic cultural studies. All readings and assignments are in Portuguese. (1 unit)

Bibliography: Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas. Machado de Assis. Martin Claret, 1999; A Costa dos Murmúrios. Lídia Jorge. Lisboa: D. Quixote; O Testamento do Sr. Napumocemo da Silva. Germano de Almeida. Lisboa: Caminho, 1998; and excerpts from O Primo Basílio Eça de Queirós. Porto: Porto, 2007; A geração da utopia/Pepetela. Lisboa: D. Quixote, 1997; /Um Mar da Cor da Terra. Miguel Vale de Almeida. Oeiras: Celta, 2000; A experiência do cinema. Ismail Xavier. Paz e terra, 2003

Summer 2011

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PGSE 6618 - 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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 6628 - 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.

Summer 2012, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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PGSE 6635 - Brazilian Lit of the Immigrant      

Brazilian Literature of the Immigrant

This course emphasizes the representation of the immigrant on Brazilian literature. Under a political, historical, and cultural dimension, the course examines diverse contemporary literary texts, which were shaped by the notion of immigration and citizenship from Arab, Italians, Japanese, among other authors.
Authors analyzed: Milton Hatoum, Ana Miranda, Nélida Piñon, Zélia Gatai, Raduan Nassar, Alcântara Machado, José Clemente, Frida Meyer, among others./

Summer 2013

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PGSE 6800 - Independent Study      

Students who wish to design and complete individual study projects related to their particular interests and needs may register for this option. Students need to consult a faculty member and write a project, which must be approved by the faculty member who will work with them. The project also needs to be approved by the Director of the Portuguese School. Students must be at the advanced level of proficiency. Projects may be in the area of language, literature, linguistics, or cultural studies of the Portuguese-speaking world. Students may repeat the course under a different topic.

Prerequisite: Permission and project approval of the instructor and director prior to registration.

Summer 2013

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