Portuguese

The Portuguese Program at the 5Cs is a collaboration between Pitzer and CMC. The program focuses on Brazil, the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world. Our courses develop students’ proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in cultural context. Students across the 5Cs have traveled to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Roraima and Fortaleza to enhance their language skills and to participate in study abroad programs and study trips, carry out research projects, and engage in volunteer work and internships.

Study Abroad

Students have the opportunity to study in Brazil through Pitzer’s exchange with the Federal University of Roraima, located in the Amazon region, and Pitzer’s summer study abroad program in Salvador, Bahia, which is run in collaboration with the Steve Biko Institute, a nationally renowned organization that has achieved extraordinary success in helping black Brazilians enter and succeed at university. At these sites students have first hand interactions with Brazilian culture through family stays, local excursions, and opportunities to work with local non-profit organizations and tutor in English at local public schools.

Programming on Campus

There are plenty of opportunities to practice the language and meet advanced and native Portuguese speakers on campus: Portuguese Lunch Tables at CMC, Pitzer, and Oldenborg; films; guest-speakers; sessions dedicated to Brazilian music; and workshops on cultural expressions like capoeira or samba.

Courses

PORT1 (Fall) and PORT2 (Spring):

This sequence of Introductory Portuguese courses uses a communicative approach to language learning with an emphasis on oral production and interactive activities. Students will develop conversational skills, give short oral presentations, produce written descriptive and narrative paragraphs, and work on listening and reading comprehension. This course is an ideal choice for students without a background in Spanish (or other Romance languages), students who have never taken a language course before, or those who wish to have more exposure to the language and a solid base in grammar before transitioning into the intermediate level.

Port 022 (Spring):

Portuguese 22 is an Intensive elementary Portuguese course, designed for beginning students with some knowledge of Spanish (or another Romance language). The course builds on the similarities and differences between the two languages in terms of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Students will complete the equivalent of a year’s study of Portuguese in one semester.

Port 033 (Fall):

Portuguese 33 follows the sequence PORT 01-02 or the PORT 022 class. In this course, students will work on reinforcing basic skills in order to attain proficiency at an intermediate level. The course emphasizes conversation during the class period, as well as readings related to the Brazilian cultural context, and compositions in which students discuss their life experiences in Portuguese.

 Port 044 (Spring):

An advanced Portuguese course designed to develop skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in cultural context. It seeks to accomplish a more thorough comprehension of Portuguese through a detailed review of the more complex elements of the language, including irregular verb forms in all tenses, the differences between the imperfect and the preterite tenses, the subjunctive mood, personal infinitives, ser vs. estar, etc. It also focuses on extended forms of communication, such as readings from Brazilian literature and culture, frequent compositions, and oral presentations and conversations.

Port 035 (Fall and Spring):

This course is based on a virtual learning community for linguistic and cultural exchange in Portuguese and English. Students are paired up with a conversation partner in Brazil with whom they have weekly written and oral exchanges in English and Portuguese. Students are able to exchange emails and hold skype conversations on their own schedule. We provide a curricular structure for the exchange, which includes exchange stages, platforms and activities stressing specific vocabulary and grammar. There is room for students from both countries to share topics and materials according to their own needs and interests. The ultimate goal of the community is to improve oral proficiency in the target languages through a meaningful experience of exchange. This course is designed as a complement to coursework in Portuguese. Students who are not concurrently enrolled in a Portuguese course at the Claremont Colleges should discuss their enrollment in this course with the instructor.

Faculty:

Juanita AristizabalAssociate Professor of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Pitzer College

Norman Valencia, Assistant Professor of Portuguese, CMC

Isabella Jeremias, Fulbright Teaching Assistant of Portugese, Pitzer College

 

For information about the program contact Prof. Juanita Aristizabal (jaristiz@pitzer.edu)