Rodolfo C. Prates

Portuguese School Faculty

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.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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PGSE3153 - Cultural Studies 1.75      

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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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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PGSE3300 - Cultural Studies 2.5      

Most of the students enrolling in this 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 learning 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.

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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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