Portuguese

Classes

POR 101 : Elementary Portuguese I

Beginning training in the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and aural comprehension. An introduction to Lusophone culture is included. One hour of Laboratory practice is required. Only for students with no language background or one to two years of high school Portuguese with a C average. Students with an A or B average are encouraged to enroll in the 102 level. Three lecture hours and one language laboratory hour per week. Competency met: Humanities (6.0) Fall, Spring; Evening/Weekend

Credits

3
  1. Read, write and orally reproduce the basic alphabetical sounds of the Portuguese Language.
  2. Initiate, minimally sustain, and close simple, basic communicative tasks, limited to greetings, introductions, numbers, requesting information, time, classroom items, nationalities, place of origin, and foods.
  3. Use the appropriate, basic grammatical structures associated with classroom, invitations, requests, thanking people, expressing needs, likes and dislikes, describing people, animals and things, expressing possession, expressing obligation, describing routine activities, expressing preferences and feelings.
  4. Read simple authentic texts and discuss their content.
  5. Write small passages using acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures.
  6. Recognize names and other identification features of the Portuguese Speaking Countries.

POR 102 : Elementary Portuguese II

A continuation of training in the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and aural comprehension. Cultural and daily living topics are included. Three lecture hours and one language laboratory hour per week. Competency met: Humanities (6.0) Fall, Spring Evening/Weekend

Credits

3

Prerequisites

POR 101 or two years of Portuguese in high school with an A or B average.
  1. Read, write and orally reproduce more complex grammatical structures, using the present, past and future tenses.
  2. Initiate, minimally sustain, and close simple, basic communicative tasks, related to identification of family, daily life, housing, weather and sports.
  3. Express physical and emotional states.
  4. Read simple authentic texts and discuss their content.
  5. Examine and translate audio and video clips.
  6. Describe fundamental historic, social and political aspects of the Portuguese speaking countries.

POR 201 : Intermediate Portuguese I

A review and continuation of Portuguese grammar plus additional training in the four skills: reading, writing, speaking and understanding. Readings and discussions based on cultural topics, contemporary literature, newspaper articles, Internet sources and video. Three class hours and one language laboratory hour per week. Competency met: Humanities (6.0) Fall, Spring; Evening/Weekend

Credits

3

Prerequisites

POR 102 or three years of high school Portuguese with a C average.
  1. Read, write and orally reproduce more complex grammatical structures, using other modes of the past and future tenses as well as the Imperfect tense.
  2. Initiate and maintain a normal conversation based on daily events.
  3. Read and interpreter more complex texts and discuss their content.
  4. Explain the contents of audio and video materials.
  5. Express subjective attitudes with the appropriate use of the Subjunctive.
  6. Describe fundamental historic, social and political aspects of the Portuguese Speaking countries.

POR 202 : Intermediate Portuguese II

A continuation of POR 201. Further grammar review based on readings and compositions. Intensive practice of spoken language. More advanced readings from Lusophone literature and culture. Frequent compositions and written exercises. Three lecture hours and one language laboratory hour per week. Competency met: Humanities (6.0) Fall, Spring; Evening/Weekend

Credits

3

Prerequisites

POR 201 or four consecutive years of high school Portuguese with a C average.
  1. Converse in a clearly participatory fashion.
  2. Initiate, sustain, and bring to closure a wide variety of communicative tasks.
  3. Express subjective attitudes with the appropriate use of the subjunctive.
  4. Initiate and maintain a normal conversation based on daily events.
  5. Read and interpreter more complex texts and discuss their contents.
  6. Explain the contents of audio and video materials.
  7. Formulate own ideas about cultural similarities and differences in the Portuguese Speaking Communities in the USA and the world.

POR 321 : Portuguese for Interpreters

This course develops Portuguese language skills to ensure oral competency in a variety of interpreting settings. Students refine their extensive Portuguese vocabulary and acquire abilities in terminology research, dictionary usage, and glossary building. Students engage in practical communication activities found in various community settings. This course covers medical terminology and also covers basic terminology used in the fields of human services and education. The course is taught primarily in Portuguese. Three lecture hours per week. Competency met: Humanities (6.0) Fall, Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Passing score on the oral and written entrance examination for the Portuguese/English Community Interpreting program.
  1. Show more confidence to face the real situation of interpreting.
  2. Compare and contrast important aspects of the oral and written Portuguese from Portugal, Brazil, Azores, Cape Verde and local communities.
  3. Use a variety of linguistic resources available for the interpreters: medical dictionaries, specific vocabulary lists, sites in the internet.
  4. Employ an extensive Portuguese medical terminology.

POR 322 : The Portuguese Language in the World: An Introduction to the Lusofonia

This course is a general overview of the Portuguese language in the world: the birth of the Portuguese idiom, the evolution of the language throughout the centuries, and its place in today's society. The instruction focuses on the following basic aspects of the language: the study of the diversity of the communities that speak the language in today's world, which include Portugal (mainland and the islands of The Azores and Madeira), Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Guine-Bissau, St. Tome e Principe, and East Timor, and the interpretation of the chronology of this romance language as an organized linguistic system. Special attention is given to the Portuguese language in immigrant communities. Texts used to study the language include fiction, poetry, critical essays, and audio-visual materials (films, CDs). Three lecture hours per week. Competency met: Humanities (6.0) Fall, Spring; Not offered every year

Credits

3

Prerequisites

POR 321 or permission of the instructor.
  1. Develop the ability to identify the various communities of Portuguese speakers in the world.
  2. Recognize some important differences between classic and contemporary Portuguese.
  3. Appreciate the importance of other languages in the formation of the Portuguese language.
  4. Recognize specific themes and motifs of the periods of Portuguese literature.
  5. Connect some of their own life experiences with the Portuguese immigrant literature.
  6. Develop a better understanding of literary text written in Portuguese.

POR 352 : Written and Sight Translation for English and Portuguese

This course focuses on the theory, process, and techniques of written and sight translation. Students engage in a variety of hands-on experiences with translation and editing. Materials may include government and other agency forms such as applications; reports; certificates; and school, social service, and medical documents. The course prepares students for practical, community-based translations. Students review the English and Portuguese skills necessary to produce clear and polished written and sight translations. Three lecture hours per week. Fall, Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

  1. Apply professional standards for translations.
  2. Practice norms and guidelines from state agencies and professional organizations.
  3. Produce clear and polished written translation of all sorts of documents from the medical and legal fields (reports, documents from the Social Services ; medical follow-up instructions; medical forms, etc.).
  4. Engage in translation sub-skills, such as revising and editing.
  5. Translate common mainstream/community documents (forms, birth certificates, questionnaires, etc.).
  6. Identify regional variations of medical and legal terminology.

POR 353 : Interpreting Portuguese/English

This course examines the process of interpreting through hands-on experiences with both Portuguese and English as target and source languages in the process of interpreting. Starting with consecutive interpreting and ending with simultaneous interpreting, students apply interpreter theory, exercise process tasks, and practice fundamental interpreting skills and standards in a variety of simulated settings. Students discuss, develop, and practice strategies to deal with problematic linguistic and cross-cultural situations. Three lecture hours and one language laboratory hour per week. Fall, Spring; Not offered every year

Credits

3

Prerequisites

  1. Put into practice the standards and code of ethics for medical or legal interpreters.
  2. Use interpreting skills in a variety of medical or legal situations.
  3. Listen to tapes and provide oral translation into the target language (Portuguese or English).
  4. Interpret information given on the telephone or on site.
  5. Conduct consecutive interpreting.
  6. Conduct simultaneous intepreting.