Rodolfo C. Prates

Portuguese School Faculty

 Sunderland Language Center

Rodolfo was born in the state of São Paulo. He is an associate professor at Universidade Positivo (graduate level) in Curitiba, Brazil. 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 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.



Course List: 

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PGSE3200 - 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 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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PGSE3203 - 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 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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The Portuguese School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5292
F: 802.443.2075

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

Laura Bachand, Coordinator