Rodolfo C. Prates

Portuguese School Faculty

Rodolfo Prates was born in the state of São Paulo. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Geography and a Ph.D. in Economy from Universidade de São Paulo. His Ph.D. dissertation is on the effects of the Amazon deforestation on the environment and economy. His research areas are organizational economy and economy and the environment and its sustainability. he taught at the Univeridade Positivo ( graduate level ) for several years in Curitiba. He is currently teaching at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Curitiba. He likes playing the violin, running, cooking, and going to the beach and playing with his daughter. He will be teaching two modules: Brazil Today and Brazilian Environment and Sustainability.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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PGSE 3151 - 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 and intonation in the target language. As they develop their sensitivity to recognize the differences between Portuguese and Spanish, they become more and more conscious of the need to sustain communication in a ‘patrol/controlling’ mode. Therefore, they are constantly stimulated to use the language with more confidence, aiming at fluency and, at the same time, accuracy. Depending on their proficiency, students with some limited formal instruction in Portuguese may also place in this level. 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 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3152 - 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 and intonation in the target language. As they develop their sensitivity to recognize the differences between Portuguese and Spanish, they become more and more conscious of the need to sustain communication in a ‘patrol/controlling’ mode. Therefore, they are constantly stimulated to use the language with more confidence, aiming at fluency and, at the same time, accuracy. Depending on their proficiency, students with some limited formal instruction in Portuguese may also place in this level. 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 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3153 - 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 PGSE 3151 & PGSE 3152 courses with a specific focus on the cultural manifestations that shape the Lusophone world nowadays, aiming at strengthening speaking, argumentative, and writing skills. 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. By the end of the course, students have developed the ability to use connected discourse in major time frames with good control of the target language, with a deeper understanding of the cultural manifestations of the Lusophone world.
Bibliography will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3197 - Cultural Studies 1.75      

This course sequence is intended for students who have usually completed one semester of Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PGSE 3195 & PGSE 3196 courses. In this program, students will develop their cultural background of the Portuguese-speaking countries nowadays, to better understand their diversity and complexities. Through different culture units, students will be able to enrich their experience as they heighten their awareness of the Lusophone artistic production, engaging in interesting class discussions, participating in dynamic and creative activities, and developing projects either in groups or individually. The interpersonal and in-depth exchanges will help them grasp the target language culture, as well as develop fluency as they are exposed to authentic texts in Portuguese, which will reinforce what they are learning in the grammar class, as they start becoming more confident while using a more structured argument to convey meaning.

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

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3200 - Cultural Studies 1.5      

Lusophone Cultural Studies

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 & PSGE 3199 courses, with a specific focus on the cultural manifestations that shape the Lusophone world nowadays, aiming at strengthening speaking, argumentative, and writing skills. 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. By the end of the course, students have developed the ability to use connected discourse in major time frames with good control of the target language, with a deeper understanding of the cultural manifestations of the Lusophone world.

Bibliography for PGSE 3200 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3201 - 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 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3202 - 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 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3203 - 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, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3298 - 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 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3299 - 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 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3300 - 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, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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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