2018-19 General Catalog

Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics
218 Cowell College
(831) 459-2054

Faculty | Course Descriptions

Program Description

Students interested in acquiring proficiency in Portuguese may choose to enroll in either of two accelerated introductory tracks which comprise First-Year Portuguese: courses 1A–B are designed as a two-quarter sequence for students who have no previous experience with the Romance languages; courses 60A-B are designed as a two-quarter sequence for students who have a strong background in the Romance languages (typically Spanish) or some previous rudimentary knowledge of Portuguese. A Second-Year Portuguese sequence, also accelerated (courses 65A–B), follows the first-year sequence, and is offered over two quarters. The completion of this sequence fulfills the two-year language requirement for study abroad programs.

The program is aimed at enabling students to gain proficiency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Instruction takes place in Portuguese from the beginning and draws heavily on Brazilian culture through popular music and cinema.

Placement Exams

Information about this topic can be found under Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics.

Study Abroad

Students may apply to spend time either in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil or in Salvador (Bahia) through the Office of International Education (OIE). Courses taken abroad can, with approval of an adviser, be applied to major requirements. For a list of current programs and requirements, visit their website. For information on credit applied to a major, contact the appropriate department.

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Revised: 07/15/18