Isabela Perazzo

Portuguese School Faculty

Isabella Perazzo comes from João Pessoa, where she pursues a Doctoral degree in Music -  Interpretive Practices - at Universidade Federal da Paraíba. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Piano Performance/Collaborative Piano from the University of Utah. She taught at the University of Utah School of Music and Utah Valley University. An avid performer, Isabella won prizes at several important music contests, including the Concurso Internacional de Interpretação Pianística da Obra do Compositor Osvaldo Lacerda (São Paulo, SP), II Concurso Nacional de Curitiba and the Concurso Nacional de Piano de Música Brasileira Maestro Spartacco Rossi (Tatuí, SP). Isabella also enjoys running, swimming, and playing tennis.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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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 & PSGE 3102 courses, 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, as a means to build up vocabulary and reinforce language structures learned in the grammar class. Therefore, a systematic review of Portuguese grammar is included, especially during the first two weeks. 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. As a result, they start developing their argumentative discourse, critical thinking, and the ability to express their opinion, many times relating topics to their own experience. As proficiency increases, they improve their presentational and interpersonal modes of communication.

Bibliography for PGSE 3103 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

Summer 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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