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Dr. Regina Santos

Assistant Director of the Portuguese School

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Regina Santos is from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Luso-Brazilian Literatures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also taught Portuguese for business purposes at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. After graduating from UNC, she started the Portuguese Program at UNC-Greensboro. Besides teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill, she also taught at Duke University and Stanford University. She is the co-author of Working Portuguese. Her research interests include Brazilian Modernism, investigations into the works of Brazilian writers Machado de Assis, Clarice Lispector, and Carlos Drummond de Andrade, as well as the works of Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. In addition, she is also interested in discussions on national identity and Brazilian popular culture. She is currently in Brazil. During her free time, she enjoys tap dancing and going to the movies. Regina is the only faculty who has taught at the Portuguese School since its foundation, in 2003. She is currently teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. She will be teaching Level 1 and modules of Culture and Civilization in 2013.

 
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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 topics, and will be able to write short narratives and read authentic texts based on specific reading strategies. Based on data gathered during the previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this level achieved Intermediate levels 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 2010, Summer 2011

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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.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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PGSE 3199 - Intensive Beg Pgse Span Speakr      

Intensive Beginning Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

This course sequence focuses specifically on issues that arise when Spanish-speakers learn Portuguese. Because of the similarity between the two languages, typically Spanish speakers progress through Portuguese language classes at an astonishingly fast rate. In addition, with work on vocabulary and specific structures, they are able to communicate at a higher proficiency level in a shorter period of time. In this program, students not only have proficiency-oriented instruction to develop their communicational skills, but they are also constantly challenged to improve their pronunciation in the target language. Students with some formal instruction in Portuguese may also place in this level depending on their proficiency. Based on previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this level achieve Intermediate High to Advanced Low levels 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 a Spanish-Portuguese dictionary. SAM and answer key may be Brazilian Port. or European Port., depending on the variant student wants to emphasize.

Summer 2010, Summer 2011

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PGSE 3200 - 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 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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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

Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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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

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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