Portuguese

Program Overview
Placement Information
Language Courses
Study Abroad
Faculty

Program Overview
Students interested in acquiring proficiency in Portuguese may choose to enroll in either of two accelerated introductory tracks: 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 a two-quarter sequence designed for students who have a strong background in the Romance languages (typically Spanish) or some previous rudimentary knowledge of Portuguese. Both sequences are accelerated. 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.
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Language Courses

1A. Intensive Elementary Portuguese. F 
Intensive instruction in elementary Portuguese, emphasizing oral proficiency as well as reading and writing skills. Taken together, courses 1A and 1B are equivalent to first-year instruction.

1B. Intensive Elementary Portuguese. W 
Sequential to course 1A, completes first-year accelerated instruction. Intensive instruction in elementary Portuguese, emphasizing oral proficiency as well as reading and writing skills. Taken together, courses 1A and 1B are equivalent to first-year instruction.  (See UCSC general catalog for prerequisites.)

60A. Advanced Beginning and Intermediate Portuguese. F 
This sequence is designed for students with an equivalent of four quarters of college level study of Spanish, French, Italian, or Catalan or for native speakers of these Romance languages (including heritage speakers of Portuguese). Prepares students in all language skills. (See UCSC general catalog for prerequisites.)

60B. Advanced Beginning and Intermediate Portuguese. W 
Sequential to course 60A, completes first-year accelerated instruction of Portuguese for speakers of Spanish and other Romance languages. This sequence is designed for students with an equivalent of four quarters of college level study of Spanish, French, Italian, or Catalan or for native speakers of these Romance languages (including heritage speakers of Portuguese). Prepares students in all language skills. (See UCSC general catalog for prerequisites.)

65A. Intermediate Portuguese. S 
A systematic grammar review is combined with literacy and cultural readings, while communicative exercises focus on improving students' ability to understand and hold sustained conversations. Students expand their vocabulary and knowledge of Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking cultures through films, popular music, and other cultural authentic materials. (See UCSC general catalog for prerequisites.)

65B. Intermediate Portuguese. F 
Sequential to course 65A, completes second-year accelerated instruction. A systematic grammar review is combined with literacy and cultural readings, while communicative exercises focus on improving students' ability to understand and hold sustained conversations. Students expand their vocabulary and knowledge of Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking cultures through films, popular music, and other cultural authentic materials. (See UCSC general catalog for prerequisites.)

80. Voices from the Portuguese-Speaking World: Portugual, Brazil and Africa.
Examines key literary texts and films of the Portuguese-speaking world (Brazil, Portugual, and Africa), and the strategies they use to portray notions of national identity, which were transformed and enriched by transnational contact. Taught in English. (See UCSC general catalog for prerequisites).
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Study Abroad
Students may apply to spend time either in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil or in Salvador (Bahia) through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP). Courses taken abroad can, with approval of an adviser, be applied to major requirements. For more information on the program, see UC Education Abroad Program or Office of International Education. For information on credit applied to a major, contact the appropriate department.

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Faculty and Professional Interest
Ana Maria Seara
--Portuguese language; literature, film, and music of Brazil and the Portuguese-speaking world; acquisition and teaching of foreign, second, and heritage languages.

218 Stevenson College
831-459-5043
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