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Marília Scaff Rocha Ribeiro

Portuguese School Faculty

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Marília Ribeiro is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She graduated with a BA in English from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and earned an MA and a PhD in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University. She is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches all levels of Portuguese. Her research focuses on contemporary Brazilian fiction, visual studies, and autobiographical writing. She enjoys watching films, traveling, and hiking. Marília will be teaching Level 2 and modules of Brazilian culture and literature.

 

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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