Rodolfo C. Prates

Portuguese School Faculty

 
 work802.443.5727
 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.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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PGSE3153 - Cultural Studies 1.75      

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE3200 - 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 2013, Portuguese 7 week, 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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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 2013, Portuguese 7 week, 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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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, 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