Modern Languages and Cultures - Portuguese Immersion

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Overview

This immersion introduces students to the language, customs, and cultural aspects (history, art, literature, politics, anthropology, and music) of Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries. The immersion consists of three language courses or two language courses and one culture course. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. 

Notes about this immersion:

  • This immersion is closed to students majoring in international and global studies who have chosen an area of study in Portuguese language, a field specialization in Latin America or Europe, or are fluent native speakers of Portuguese.

Curriculum

Notes about this immersion:

  • This immersion is closed to students majoring in international and global studies who have chosen an area of study in Portuguese language, a field specialization in Latin America or Europe, or are fluent native speakers of Portuguese.
Course
Electives
Choose two or three consecutive language courses:
  MLPO-201
   Beginning Portuguese I
Beginning Portuguese I introduces the Portuguese language and culture to beginners, and builds the foundation skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing and culture. Part of the SILP/World languages program. Based on Brazilian Portuguese, along with study of all Lusophone countries. Students must take placement exam if this is their first RIT class in Portuguese and they have some prior study of Portuguese.
  MLPO-202
   Beginning Portuguese II
Beginning Portuguese II continues the first-year study of Portuguese language and culture, including work in the present tense, the past tenses, and introducing the subjunctive mood, continuing to build the foundation skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing and culture. Based on Brazilian Portuguese, along with study of all Lusophone countries. Part of the SILP/World languages program. Consult program coordinator if this is your first RIT Portuguese course. Students must take the placement exam if this is their first RIT Portuguese class and they have some prior study of Portuguese.
  MLPO-301
   Intermediate Portuguese I
Intermediate Portuguese I is the first course in the second year of Portuguese language study. Course content concentrates on intensive grammar review, situation dialogues, conversation, and cultural readings, and includes work in all five skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing, culture). Part of the SILP/World languages program: consult the program coordinator if this is your first RIT Portuguese course. Students must take the placement exam if this is their first RIT Portuguese class, and they have some prior study of Portuguese.
  MLPO-302
   Intermediate Portuguese II
Intermediate Portuguese II is the second course in the second year of Portuguese language study. Course content concentrates on intensive grammar review, situation dialogues, letter writing (business and personal), compositions, oral presentations, and cultural readings. Includes work in all five skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing, culture). Part of the SILP/World languages program: consult the program coordinator if this is your first RIT Portuguese course. Students must take the placement exam if this is their first RIT Portuguese class, and they have some prior study of Portuguese.
  MLPO-401
   Advanced Portuguese I
This is the first course of the advanced (third) year of Portuguese language and culture study. The course content is based on the first six films and the first two chapters of the textbook Cinema For Portuguese Conversation (Bonnie Wasserman, Focus Publishing, 2009). Course work covers the cultural themes, readings, grammar study, vocabulary, conversation and composition topics included in the book and the films. Practice in all five skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing, culture. Part of the SILP/World languages program. Consult program coordinator if this is your first RIT Portuguese course. Students must take the placement exam if this is their first RIT Portuguese class, and they have some prior study of Portuguese.
  MLPO-402
   Advanced Portuguese II
This is the second course of the advanced (third) year of Portuguese language and culture study. The course content is based on the last eight films and the last three chapters of the textbook Cinema for Portuguese Conversation (Bonnie Wasserman, Focus Publishing, 2009). Course work covers the cultural themes, readings, grammar study, vocabulary, conversation and composition topics included in the book and the films. Practice in all five skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing, culture. Part of the SILP/World languages program. Consult program coordinator if this is your first RIT Portuguese course. Students must take the placement exam if this is their first RIT Portuguese class, and they have some prior study of Portuguese.
One culture course may be used in place of one language course:
  ANTH-335
   Culture and Politics in Latin America
This course introduces cultures of Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean in the context of political and economic forces that have shaped them. We examine Spanish and Portuguese colonialism and its modern-day legacies, including ethnic inequalities, economic vulnerability, and social unrest. We look at how art, music, and literature have engaged critically with the forces of fascism, revolution, socialism, dictatorship, and neo-colonialism. We consider indigenous activism, religious diversity, changing experiences and expectations of women and men, rebellion and revolution, impacts of and creative responses to globalization, and Latinos in the U.S.