Mércia Flannery is native of Recife, Pernambuco. She holds an M.A. from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University. Her research interests are Language, Race, Ethnicity and Identity, Narrative Analysis, and Discourse Analysis. She currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is Director of the Portuguese Program. At the Portuguese School, she will be teaching Portuguese Level 3 and 4, and one module of culture.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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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.
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 2013
PGSE 3301 - Intermediate Portuguese II
Students enrolling in this sequence will have completed at least three semesters of study in Portuguese and will typically have a proficiency level of “intermediate high” (and occasionally at least "intermediate-mid"), according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Students will engage in intensive language instruction to strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures, as well as improve their mastery of the language while increasing vocabulary and functional communicative ability. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Advanced-Low" or "Advanced-Mid". Depending on motivation, effort, and diligence, some students will progress to “Advanced-High” during this sequence.
Basic bibliography: Mesquita, Roberto Melo and Matos, Cloder Rivas. 2009. Gramática Pedagógica. São Paulo: Saraiva, in addition to short stories and chronicles.
Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
PGSE 3398 - Advanced Portuguese I
Students enrolling in this sequence will have completed successfully three or more semesters of study in Portuguese and will have a proficiency level of “intermediate high" or “advanced low” according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Students enrolled in this level are able to watch authentic TV programs, read authentic texts and communicate with Portuguese speakers on several different familiar topics. In this level, they will continue to strengthen their knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and will continue to master the language, while increasing rich and diverse vocabulary and coping with unfamiliar topics through extensive reading. They will practice writing and speaking at different registers; and they will study cultural and literary texts in depth. Students completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "advanced mid or high". Depending on motivation, effort, and diligence, some students will progress to the superior level during this sequence. This course sequence is not offered every summer.
Basic bibliography: Terra, Ernani & Nicola, José de. Gramática de hoje. 8th ed. 2011. São Paulo: Scipione.
PGSE 3401 - Advanced Portuguese II
Students enrolling in this sequence will have a basic mastery of Portuguese after usually the equivalent to two years of study, and will have a proficiency level of at least "Advanced-low," according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. In this sequence, students will continue their linguistic development through the study of specific cultural aspects that enable them to increase vocabulary, as well as language proficiency while learning more about the Lusophone world. Classes are designed to enable students to practice written and oral language addressing different registers, and they will also explore literary texts in depth. Most students who successfully complete this sequence will typically develop skills at the “Advanced-High” and, occasionally, they might achieve the “Superior” level of proficiency.
Basic bibliography: Cereja, William, Cochar, Thereza. 2010. Gramática Reflexiva. São Paulo: Editora Atual.
Vários autores. 2010. Contos Africanos dos países de língua portuguesa. São Paulo: Ática.
Summer 2011, Summer 2012
PGSE 6618 - PGSE Phonology & Phonetics
This is an introductory course on analytical and practical study of contemporary Portuguese pronunciation (phonetics and phonology). The overall objective of this course is to understand the phonetic features of Portuguese sounds in comparison to English and other languages, and how these sounds operate (phonological processes) when they form syllables, words, sentences and discourse.
Bibliography: Como falam os brasileiros 3a. edição (CFB). Yonne Leite e Dinah Callou. 2005. Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar Editor; Fonética e Fonologia do Português Roteiro de Estudos e Guia de Exercícios 9ª. Thaïs Cristófaro da Silva; São Paulo: Contexto, 2007; Exercícios de fonética e fonologia. Thaïs Cristófaro da Silva, São Paulo: Contexto, 2003
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012
PGSE 6625 - Morphosyntax
Students enrolling in this course have an oral proficiency at or above Advanced Low. In addition, they are at the advanced level in writing and reading proficiency. The majority of students who choose this class will be enrolled in graduate programs at other institutions. This class of Morphosyntax—the study of the internal structure and formation of words and their relationships in a sentence—serves as an introduction to morphology and syntax, presented from a functional approach. Through discussion and exercises, speech sounds in Portuguese will also be analyzed. The study moves from how units of meaning are combined into words and sentences, to how discourse depends on context. Students will examine how to construct words and sentences, pronounce and use them in Portuguese. Students will gain linguistic problem-solving skills in phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. All readings and assignments are in Portuguese. (1 unit)
Bibliography: Sintaxe. Oração, período, texto. Henriques, Claudio César. Elsevier, 2007; Fonética , Fonologia e Ortografia, Conceitos, Estruturas Henriques, Claudio César, Elsevier 2008; Morfossintaxe. Inez Sautchuk. Manole, 2003