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Languages and Cultures

Portuguese

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Languages and Cultures

Address:
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048


Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair July 2016-June 2017

Portuguese

Coming Fall 2017: POR 101 MW 3:00-4:15

(102, 201, 202, Culture Cluster Courses & Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs to Follow)

Why Study Portuguese?

  • Portuguese is the 6th most widely spoken language in the world.
  • According to UNESCO, Portuguese is one of the two fastest growing languages in the world.
  • There are 180 million native speakers and 240 million total speakers in the world.
  • It is the official language of 9 countries found in South America, Asia, Europe and Africa.
  • It is the official language of Brazil, which has the 9th largest economy in the world and is the largest country in South America.
  • Portuguese is an official language of many economic and/or political organizations: MERCOSUR, COMESA, SADC, etc.
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

O Cristo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

O Cristo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Miradoura da Lua, Angola

Miradoura da Lua, Angola

Natal, Brazil

Natal, Brazil

POR 101 Description

Portuguese 101 is a cultural-oriented introduction to a language spoken by more than 240 million people. It is the first course in a four-semester sequence of beginning Portuguese. It is designed for the student with little or no prior knowledge of Portuguese. Students participate in communicative activities that will help them develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to use their newly-acquired skills to communicate in Portuguese in ways that are natural, real and appropriate given a variety of cultural contexts. All classes will be taught in Portuguese. Students will be able to select from either the European or Brazilian Portuguese Student Activities Manual, Ponto de Encontro.

Instructor

Dr. Keith Corbitt, Supervisor of the Modern Language Teacher Education Program at WCU, has extensive experience with the Portuguese language. As a graduate student at the University of Delaware, he co-founded and co-directed the Winter Semester Study Abroad Program in João Pessoa, Brazil. While completing his doctoral studies at Indiana University of Bloomington, Indiana, he taught Portuguese language courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. As a visiting lecturer at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba, he conducted Portuguese Methodology seminars and workshops in the Programa Linguístico-Cultural para Estudantes Internacionais. In his free time, he likes teaching his Brazilian-American children the finer points of futebol.

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