- Global Careers
Portuguese is the official language of ten countries – Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, and the Special Administrative Region of Macau – in a community of over 240 million people spread over four continents. It ranks among the ten most spoken languages in the world, and it is the third most spoken language in the Western world, after English and Spanish. Brazilian Portuguese, spoken by the largest number of native speakers within the lusophone community, is the variety taught in the program. Likewise, Brazil and its political, economic, and cultural aspects are the main focus of the Portuguese language classes. However, Portugal and some other Portuguese-speaking countries of the African and the Asian continents are also included in class discussions.
PRE-PROFICIENCY LEVEL COURSES
Novice (Level 1)
This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture, while practicing daily vocabulary through relevant role plays. By the end of this course, students should be able to talk about themselves and their routines; ask for and give simple information; express gratitude, preferences and desires, likes and dislikes; make simple comparisons, and list events of their immediate past.
Intermediate Low (Level 2)
This course expands students’ basic language skills and vocabulary while reinforcing grammar. By the end of this course, students should be able to talk about themselves and their routine, and their immediate world; talk about the weather, seasons, time, and their habits in the past; give commands, simple descriptions of a place or city; make comparisons, and begin simple narrations in all time frames.
Intermediate Mid I (Level 3)
This course solidifies and expands on the language functions introduced in the previous levels, while introducing content related to the students’ fields of interest. By the end of the semester, students should be able to talk proficiently and accurately about familiar topics in all time frames and to express simple opinions on topics related to the economy, history and politics of Portuguese-speaking countries.
Intermediate Mid II (Level 4)
In this course, students will solidify and expand their functional knowledge of Portuguese through discussions of materials related to their area of expertise. By the end of the semester, students should be able to talk about current news, report on recent events, express opinion on topics related to the economy, history and politics of Portuguese-speaking countries.
POST-PROFICIENCY LEVEL COURSES
Intermediate High and Above
These content-based courses provide a review of the four main language skills while expanding on students’ ability to talk about abstract topics. Students will learn to communicate effectively, accurately, and creatively in all time frames, as well as to express and support their opinion on topics related to their area of expertise. Typical classroom activities include simulations and debates. A special emphasis will be placed on the study of current events and their global impact. Listening materials consist of extended newscasts and recordings from political speeches. Reading materials include feature-length articles on politics and international relations but also representative Brazilian literary and cultural texts.
Portuguese can be used to meet the MA language graduation requirements of the programs within the International Policy Areas and the regional programs of Latin American Studies and European Studies.
To satisfy the school's language requirement in Portuguese, students are expected to achieve the following levels of proficiency:
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PhD students only need to pass the reading proficiency exam to meet their second foreign language graduation requirement.
Conta Corrente (News Show about the economy)
Globo News Painel (Panel discussion on current topics about politics and economy)
Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais (CEBRI)
Ministério da Relações Exteriores do Brasil (Itamaraty)
Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP)
Instituto International da Língua Portuguesa (IILP)
Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa (PALOP)
Observatório da Língua Portuguesa
Jornal Folha de S. Paulo
Jornal do Brasil
Jornal O Globo
Música Popular Brasileira (Streaming Radio MPB FM)
Conjugação de verbos regulares e irregulares em português
Online Portuguese Dictionaries
Dicionário online Priberam
Ana Isabel S. Delgado
Coordinator and Professorial Lecturer in the Portuguese Language Program
Rome Building, Room 308
Livia Assunção Cecilio, PhD
Associate Lecturer in Portuguese