Dr. Regina Santos

Assistant Director of the Portuguese School

 
 work802.443.5292
 Sunderland Language Center

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, Stanford University, and at the University of Pennsylvania. 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. She is also interested in discussions on national identity and Brazilian popular culture. She is currently living and working 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 in charge of Level 2.5 and modules of Culture and Civilization, and Literature.​

 
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PGSE3101 - 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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PGSE3103 - 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 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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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

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PGSE3201 - Intermediate Portuguese I      

The majority of students enrolling in this sequence will have completed one to two semesters of Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of "Novice-High," 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. They also start developing the ability to sustain communicative exchanges using connected discourse of paragraph length, diminishing increasingly their pattern of errors. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Mid." Depending on motivation, effort, and previous knowledge some students may progress to a level of "Intermediate-High" or "Advanced-Low" during this sequence.

Basic Bibliography: Português & Comunicação, Santos.
Minidicionário da Língua Portuguesa, Ruth Rocha. Scipione, 2008.

Summer 2013, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE3202 - Intermediate Portuguese I      

The majority of students enrolling in this sequence will have completed one to two semesters of Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of "Novice-High," 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. They also start developing the ability to sustain communicative exchanges using connected discourse of paragraph length, diminishing increasingly their pattern of errors. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Mid." Depending on motivation, effort, and previous knowledge some students may progress to a level of "Intermediate-High" or "Advanced-Low" during this sequence.

Basic Bibliography: Português & Comunicação, Santos.
Minidicionário da Língua Portuguesa, Ruth Rocha. Scipione, 2008.

Summer 2013, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2017 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 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE3298 - Intermediate Portuguese II      

Most of the students enrolling in this course sequence will have thoroughly completed one year to three semesters of Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of "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, participating actively in conversations and debates in both formal and informal settings. They also develop the ability to sustain communicative exchanges using connected discourse of paragraph length and substance, discussing several different topics related to the Lusophone world nowadays, as they exchange information widespread in the media, such as articles and news from magazines and newspapers, diminishing increasingly their pattern of errors. 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: Português & Comunicação, Santos. Portuguese School, 2017.
Mini Dicionário Aurélio da Língua Portuguesa, Aurélio Buarque de Holanda
Positivo, 2010.
Português Descomplicado, Carlos Pimentel. Saraiva, 2009.
Comédias para se ler na escola. Luis Fernando Verissimo. Objetiva, 2001.
Readings provided by the instructor.

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE3299 - Intermediate Portuguese II      

Most of the students enrolling in this course sequence will have thoroughly completed one year to three semesters of Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of "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, participating actively in conversations and debates in both formal and informal settings. They also develop the ability to sustain communicative exchanges using connected discourse of paragraph length and substance, discussing several different topics related to the Lusophone world nowadays, as they exchange information widespread in the media, such as articles and news from magazines and newspapers, diminishing increasingly their pattern of errors. 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: Português & Comunicação, Santos. Portuguese School, 2017.
Mini Dicionário Aurélio da Língua Portuguesa, Aurélio Buarque de Holanda
Positivo, 2010.
Português Descomplicado, Carlos Pimentel. Saraiva, 2009.
Comédias para se ler na escola. Luis Fernando Verissimo. Objetiva, 2001.
Readings provided by the instructor.

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week, Summer 2017 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 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE3302 - Cultural Studies III      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had at least three semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3301 & PSGE 3302 courses. 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 the environment and sustainability, and 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. In this level they also use the language in a hypothetical way, learning how to discuss topics both concretely and abstractly.

Bibliography for PGSE 3302/03 will vary each year.

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