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Elementary Portuguese I Course

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  • Objectives
    This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Portuguese language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to spoken and written Portuguese and demonstrate cultural awareness. This course must be taken with the accompanying lab. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts.
  • Practical experience
    This course must be taken with the accompanying lab.
  • Course description
    1. Brief introduction to the study of foreign language
      1. Linguistic structure and relationship of language and culture
      2. The Portuguese alphabet and basic pronunciation of Brazilian Portuguese
      3. Introductory vocabulary of greetings, common cognates and numbers
    2. Formation of sentences in the present tense
      1. The verb “ser”
      2. Uses of the preposition “de”
      3. Nouns and Adjectives: Number and gender, agreement
      4. Useful expressions for the classroom and daily life
    3. Introduction to the full conjugation of the verb “ter” and “-ar” verbs in the present tense
      1. Uses of the verb “ter”
      2. Subject pronouns
      3. Formation of questions
      4. Negation
      5. Some idiomatic expressions
      6. Introduction to reading
    4. Present tense of “-er” and “-ir” verbs
      1. Important verbs: “ir,” “vir,” “fazer,” “ver”
      2. Future formation with “ir” and “vir”
      3. Possessive adjectives
      4. The verb “estar” for temporary conditions
      5. Verbs “ser,” “estar” and “ficar” with prepositions
    5. More on the present tense
      1. Verbs “saber” and “conhecer”
      2. Irregular verbs
      3. Verb phrases
      4. Adverbs
      5. Numbers
      6. Telling age
      7. Further reading and introduction to writing
    6. Cultural component
      1. Cultural readings, dialogs, and situations (e.g.: daily shopping, weights and measures, aspects of Brazilian society, the Brazilian family)

    7. POR 181 PORTUGUESE LAB I

      Prerequisites: None
      Corequisites: POR 111

      COURSE DESCRIPTION:

      This course provides an opportunity to enhance acquisition of the fundamental elements of the Portuguese language. Emphasis is on the progressive development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through the use of various supplementary learning media and materials. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to spoken and written Portuguese and demonstrate cultural awareness.

      OUTLINE OF INSTRUCTION

    8. Brief introduction to the study of foreign language
      1. Reinforce pronunciation of the Portuguese alphabet
      2. Practice listening skills of basic pronunciation of Brazilian Portuguese
      3. Introduce written exercises in connection with sounds of the alphabet and greetings, common cognates and introductions
    9. Practice the formation of sentences in the present tense
      1. Reinforce the uses of the verb “ser”
      2. Apply uses of the preposition “de”
      3. Recognize and use nouns and adjectives and the changes that occur in number and gender agreement
      4. Use in written exercises changes suffered by nouns and adjectives and notice the change orally
      5. Use expressions for the classroom and daily life in meaningful exercises
    10. Strengthening the understanding of the verb “ter” and of “-ar” verbs in the present tense
      1. Practice the uses of the verb “ter”
      2. Practice the formation of questions using interrogative pronouns
      3. Negation in an oral and written context
      4. Use some idiomatic expressions in written and oral communication
      5. Read silently and out loud for pronunciation and comprehension
    11. Using the present tense of “-er” and “-ir” verbs in listening and writing exercises
      1. Reinforce the use of verbs “ir,” “vir,” “fazer,” “ver”in complete sentences
      2. Practice the formation of the future with “ir” and “vir”
      3. Oral and written practice of possessive adjectives
      4. Listening and writing exercises using the verbs “ser,” “estar” and “ficar” with prepositions and “estar” for temporary conditions
    12. Expansion of the present tense
      1. Reinforce the application of verbs “saber” and “conhecer”
      2. Practice irregular verbs and verb phrases in complete sentences
      3. Use adverbs and numbers in meaningful sentences and situations
      4. Practice telling age
      5. Continue the practice of reading out loud for pronunciation
      6. Practice writing
    13. Expansion of cultural awareness
      1. Using videos and web sites expand on customs and traditions
      2. Introduce students to music and the arts through presentations
      3. Integrate cultural readings, dialogs, and situations (e.g.: daily shopping, weights and measures, aspects of Brazilian society, the Brazilian family)

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