Portuguese Courses

Portuguese Language and Lusophone Culture Courses:

PORT 1001 - Basic Portuguese I (1st Year)
PORT 1002 - Basic Portuguese II (1st Year)
PORT 1003 - Intermediate Portuguese I (2nd Year)
PORT 1004 - Intermediate Portuguese II (2nd Year)
PORT 1012 - Intensive Portuguese
PORT 2005 - Language, Culture, and Society I (3rd Year)
PORT 2006 - Intermediate Portuguese I (3rd Year)
PORT 2010 - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
PORT 3100 - The Lusophone Atlantic World
PORT 3101 - Culture and Civilization of the Sephardim
PORT 3110 - Portuguese Linguistics/History of the Portuguese Language
PORT 3600 - Special Topics in Lusophone Literature and Cinema
PORT 4800 - Independent Study


Miscellaneous Courses

PORT 1099 - Variable Topics

PORT 1001 - Basic Portuguese I (1st Year)
Handling the immediate context of daily experience in spoken and written Portuguese: identifying, describing, and characterizing people, objects, places, and events; giving information and instructions; issuing simple commands and requests. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: None
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PORT 1002 - Basic Portuguese II (1st Year)
Speaking and writing in Portuguese about past and future events: telling a story (narrating and describing in the past), promising, predicting, and proposing simple hypotheses and conjectures.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: PORT 1001
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PORT 1003 - Intermediate Portuguese I (2nd Year)
Increasing active vocabulary, reinforcing mastery of basic grammar, dealing with more complex structures (verbal phrases, subordinate clauses), and using some patterns of indirect speech (repeating or relaying messages, giving reports, summarizing).
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: PORT 1002
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PORT 1004 - Intermediate Portuguese II (2nd Year)
Consolidation and further expansion of the ability to understand as well as produce a more complex level of oral and written discourse emphasizing subjective expression: issuing indirect commands and requests; giving opinions; making proposals, building arguments; defending and criticizing ideas.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: PORT 1003
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PORT 1012 – Intensive Portuguese (1 Year). 8 credits.
Development of first-year language proficiency in Portuguese in a semi-immersion context.  Focus on the development of listening and speaking skills, reading and writing abilities, as well as intercultural competence in the Lusophone world.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: none
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PORT 2005 - Composition and Conversation. 3 credits.
Emphasis on the use of the correct spoken and written Modern, Standard Portuguese on an Advanced level.  Through readings focusing on the cultural and linguistic heritage of the Portuguese-speaking world, students will expand and solidify their grammar, vocabulary, and knowledge of Portuguese language as well as the history and civilization of the Lusophone world, from mainly Portugal, the Azores, and Madeira, to Brazil, Lusophone Africa and Asia, including the Portuguese/Lusophone Diaspora throughout the world.  This is an intensive, advanced-language course.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: PORT 1004 or consent of the instructor
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PORT 2006 – Applied Grammar. 3 credits.
An intensive and systematic grammar review with extensive practice in speaking and writing in Standard Portuguese.  Building up confidence in the major grammatical elements of Modern, Standard Portuguese.  Use of a variety of texts at a nuanced, relatively advanced level aimed at promoting confidence and fluency in Modern, Standard Portuguese.  This is an intensive, advanced-language course.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: PORT 2005 or consent of the instructor
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PORT 2010 - Portuguese for Speakers of Other Romance Languages. 3 credits.
An intensive course designed for speakers of other Romance languages and dialects to develop competence quickly in spoken and written Portuguese.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: knowledge of another Romance language other than Portuguese.
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PORT 3100 – The Lusophone Atlantic World. 3 credits.
Introduction to the Lusophone Atlantic civilizations and cultures through cross-cultural examinations of the Portuguese-speaking Atlantic world, namely, Angola, Brazil, Mainland Portugal, the Azores, Madeira, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe.  Major topics covered: language, languages in contact, culture(s), civilization(s), literature(s), history, colonization and decolonization, hybrid cultures, Portuguese-based Creole societies in the Americas and West Africa, Diaspora studies, Sephardic and Crypto-Jewish studies, contemporary politics, race relations, women studies, education, religion, music, dance, painting, and architecture.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: PORT2006 or consent of Instructor.
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PORT 3101 – Culture and Civilization of the Sephardim. 3 credits.
Analysis of the cultural, social, religious, literary, and historical background of the Sephardim (Iberian Jews, i.e., Portuguese and Spanish Jews) and their contributions to world history before and after their expulsion from Spain (1492), expulsion/forced conversion to Catholicism (Portugal, 1497-1498), and the subsequent Diasporas throughout the world (e.g., the Americas, Africa, and Asia).  Focus on the development of the major Sephardic communities both in Christian Europe and the Arab/Muslim world.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: PORT2006 or consent of Instructor.
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PORT 3110 – Portuguese Linguistics/History of the Portuguese Language. 3 credits
Introduction to basic descriptive Portuguese grammar (phonology, morphology, and surface syntax) as well as the major historical developments (external and internal) that occurred during the development of Portuguese from Vulgar Latin.  Acquisition of the basic tools for approaching and solving both diachronic and synchronic problems facing Standard Portuguese, from Mainland Portugal to East Timor.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: PORT2006 or consent of Instructor.
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PORT 3600 – Special Topics in Lusophone Literature and Cinema. 3 credits.
Introduction to a variety of aspects of the culture and civilization including geography, history, literature, customs, music, sports, media, and cinema, as well as the literary and artistic movements of the Lusophone world.  Repeatable with content changes.
Course is taught in Portuguese
Prerequisite: PORT2006 or consent of Instructor.
Additional info: May be repeated for credit provided the topics differ.

PORT 4800 – Independent Study. 1-3 credits.
Admission by permission of department chair and instructor.  It may also be used for internships at some of the Lusophone embassies and the European Union Delegation in Washington, DC, and/or any other institution connected to the Lusophone world.  May be repeated for credit.

PORT 1099 - Variable Topics
Used for situations of transfer or study abroad credit, where the transferred course does not have an equivalent match in the GW bulletin. Not an actual course. 

Portuguese Schedule of Classes

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