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.
26 September 2016 | 3:43 pm
The Department of Classical & Modern Language will host a webinar on Monday, October 10th at 6 pm (McClain Hall 306). The webinar will consist of a lecture by Christiane Taubira, former Minister of Justice of France. Ms. Taubira is strongly committed to civil rights, women rights, and the rights of disadvantaged youth. As Justice […]
13 September 2016 | 5:15 pm
This Fall 2016, five Classics students are working with 4th grade students at Ray Miller Elementary School on a weekly basis to teach them Latin language and grammar, Roman culture, and study skills. The Truman student tutors are Emily Nicholson, Cheyenne Rodenbaugh, Adam Schmitz, Joe Slama, Christina Slipke.