Joseph Pecorelli

Portuguese School Faculty

Joseph Pecorelli was born in Youngstown, OH, and is a PhD candidate in Portuguese at Indiana University. In addition to an MA in Portuguese (Indiana University, 2012), he also holds an MA in Italian (Indiana University, 2008) and a BA (2004) and MA (2006) in General and Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. In the summer of 2013, he received a FLAS grant to attend UNISUL in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina. He enjoys working out, listening to music, and playing pool and snooker.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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PGSE 3101 - Beginning Portuguese      

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. Students are exposed to intensive grammar instruction to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Most students completing this course sequence will be able to initiate, sustain, and close a conversation dealing with familiar or predictable topics, and will be able to write short narratives and read authentic texts based on specific reading strategies. They will notice a tremendous difference in terms of comprehension from week 1 to week 7, and by the end of the program they will create with the language to a certain degree, combining elements to communicate personal meaning and satisfy relatively simple social demands with confidence, often in a reactive mode. Students in this course will also be able to better understand the complexities of the target language culture. Based on data gathered during the previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this program achieved “Intermediate” sublevels in the final oral assessment.

Basic bibliography: Pastreau, C. et al. Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. 2nd. Edition, Prentice Hall, 2012.

Set with Textbook, SAM, answer key, and Portuguese-English dictionary. SAM and answer key may be Brazilian Port. or European Port., depending on the variant student wants to emphasize.

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3102 - Beginning Portuguese      

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. Students are exposed to intensive grammar instruction to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Most students completing this course sequence will be able to initiate, sustain, and close a conversation dealing with familiar or predictable topics, and will be able to write short narratives and read authentic texts based on specific reading strategies. They will notice a tremendous difference in terms of comprehension from week 1 to week 7, and by the end of the program they will create with the language to a certain degree, combining elements to communicate personal meaning and satisfy relatively simple social demands with confidence, often in a reactive mode. Students in this course will also be able to better understand the complexities of the target language culture. Based on data gathered during the previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this program achieved “Intermediate” sublevels in the final oral assessment.

Basic bibliography: Pastreau, C. et al. Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. 2nd. Edition, Prentice Hall, 2012.

Set with Textbook, SAM, answer key, and Portuguese-English dictionary. SAM and answer key may be Brazilian Port. or European Port., depending on the variant student wants to emphasize.

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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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 2017 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