As a student of Elementary Portuguese, you'll learn about the far-flung nations of the world that share in the language of Luis de Camões: from East Timor (just north of Australia), to the African nations of Mozambique and Angola, to the economic giant to our south, Brazil, and many points in between!
With emphasis on Brazilian Portuguese, you'll better understand the cultural importance of the Amazon as the world's largest rainforest, the social fabric of Brazilian Carnaval and its samba schools, and Brazil's elevation to center stage as host to the 2014 World Cup in soccer, the 2016 Olympics, and the home of the world's seventh largest economy.
Two semesters of Elementary Portuguese will take you well down the road toward intermediate proficiency, especially if you have prior knowledge of other Romance Languages such as Spanish or French.
Your classmates will likely be future business leaders, environmentalists, or teachers, and will be interested in foreign service, international development, and translation and interpretation. Romance Language majors in particular may choose Portuguese to broaden their exposure to the Romance language family. Our Portuguese students have gone on to exciting and rewarding undertakings, such as:
- graduate work in Latin American studies
- development work in the African nation of Sao Tomé
- English teaching in Brazil
- one student, after doing a semester abroad in northwestern Spain, returned speaking fluent Galician!
You may also want to study abroad in Brazil and Portugal, or consider living in the Romance Language House, where there are often other Portuguese speakers eager to use their growing skills.
5 April 2016 | 3:54 pm
April 4-8: Sigma Delta Pi Distinguished Speaker Series Presents: Grant Berry, PhD Candidate in Spanish Linguistics at Penn State April 11: Film Night – “Sin Nombre”, 7-9 pm, MG 1098 April 14: Sigma Delta Pi Quesadilla Sale April 21: Sigma Delta Pi Initiation, Baptist Student Union, 5:30 pm
23 March 2016 | 8:51 pm
The CML department is very excited to announce the visit of Dr. Anastacia Kohl, from UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Kohl, a Truman graduate, will be offering two different talks: March 30: Multiple Paths: Foreign Language Careers in Higher Education (4:30pm, OP2117) March 31: Best Practices for Online Teaching: One Department’s Journey (4:30pm, OP2117)