Dias Gomes, Alfredo. O pagador de promessas. 44a ed. revista e atualizada. Rio de Janeiro:
Ediouro, 2006. Print.
Klobucka, Anna M., et al. Ponto de encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. Upper Saddle
River [NJ]: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007. Print.
---. Brazilian Student Activities Manual to Accompany Ponto de encontro: Portuguese as a World
Language. Upper Saddle River [NJ]: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007. Print.
---. Answer Key to Accompany Brazilian Student Activities Manual, Ponto de encontro: Portuguese
as a World Language. Upper Saddle River [NJ]: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007. Print.
Dictionary: The Oxford Portuguese Dictionary, Harper Collins Portuguese Dictionary, or Langenscheidt's Pocket Portuguese Dictionary.
Audio and Video supplements: In-Text Audio; Brazilian Student Activities Manual Audio; Student Video/DVD: available for use at the Language Lab.
A. Tulane University Department of Spanish and Portuguese Basic Language Program Objectives:
The main objectives guiding the program are to:
B. Course Goals:
Following the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines 2012, Portuguese 2030 seeks to increase students’ Portuguese-speaking ability to an intermediate-low to intermediate-mid range proficiency level via the Course Objectives outlined below.
People with intermediate level proficiency can “create with the language when talking about familiar topics related to their daily life. They are able to recombine learned material in order to express personal meaning. Intermediate-level speakers can ask simple questions and can handle a straightforward survival situation” (ACTFL).
For additional details of what this entails refer to the Proficiency Objectives section of the BLP website.
In addition to the Proficiency Objectives detailed on the Basic Language Program’s website for this level, the course maintains the following objectives, based upon ACTFL’s National Standards for Foreign Language Learning:
A. Communication. Use Portuguese:
in order to:
B. Cultures: gain knowledge and understanding of Luso-Brazilian cultures.
C. Communities: participate in a community of language learners and in a multilingual world.
D. Comparisons: make informed comparisons between English and Portuguese and themselves and others.
E. Connections: connect this course to other courses and self to others.
Students will demonstrate that they have met the...
A. Communication Objectives via their ability to produce the vocabulary and structural forms necessary for the stated conversation topics in written and oral work.
B. Cultures Objectives via their ability to demonstrate these points in discussions as well as reflectively in other written work and exams.
C. Community Objectives via their class participation and discussion work.
D. Comparisons Objectives via their class participation, discussion and written work.
E. Connections Objectives via their class participation work and through their written work.
Your grade will be determined according to the following criteria:
See schedule for due dates.
Exams: (35% total) Two written exams (provas), worth 10% each, will be administered during the semester. Prova escrita I will cover lessons 10 and 11 in the Ponto de encontro textbook; Prova escrita II will focus on lessons 12 and 13. The Final Exam, worth 15%, primarily covers lessons 14 and 15 and the grammatical expansion. Because language learning is inherently a cumulative process, each exam will focus upon the material of study for that period while building on all previously studied material.
Compositions (15%): Students are required to complete three short compositions based on themes covered in the textbook. Each composition assignment will involve a two-step process: a rough draft in class, and a final version prepared at home. Final compositions should be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font size, with 1-inch margins, and contain around 250-750 words. Electronic submissions are not permitted. The compositions are evaluated for accuracy and content, after which students will have Attention: Collaboration and the use of translation programs are unacceptable and a violation of the Code of Academic Conduct.
Listening Comprehension Quizzes (5%): At two points during the semester students will complete short listening comprehension quizzes. The format of the quizzes will vary and may include use of the interviews utilized for a given lesson; listening to short anecdotes read by the instructor; and listening to a series of questions posited by the instructor.
Oral Exams (10%): At two points in the semester, students’ oral proficiency will be assessed via a structured, interactive conversation in pairs or trios on a fixed range of topics. The students may be asked to converse about their personal interests or may be asked to complete a short role play related to a practiced topic of interest. Sample topics will be provided in advance. Students will be graded individually, based upon their accuracy, the content and fluidity of their conversation, and their contribution to the conversation.
Skit (5%): In groups of three, students will write and perform an original skit based upon the play O pagador de promessas or one of the themes of lessons 10-15 in Ponto de encontro. Skits should be around 10 minutes, and the theme must be pre-approved by your instructor.
Presentation (5%): At two points in the semester, students will give short presentations to demonstrate their ability to use the material they have been studying to present a specific issue (i.e. present the schedule of a professional, narrate the life of a friend or family member). They also have to hand in written documentation of the presentation. All students will complete one presentation for a grade.
Debate (5%): At the end of the semester students will have a full class debate about a particular topic. Small groups will present their take on the designated issue to the class, and all students will then have to discuss arguments in favor of and against the issue. As a class, you will have to come to an agreement on the topic. The debate will last at least 30 minutes (including the initial presentations). Students will be evaluated based upon their individual contributions to their group’s presentation AND their participation in and contributions to the full class discussion.
Pop-quizzes (5%): Short announced and unannounced quizzes will be administered regularly over the course of the semester. Quizzes may cover any of the course materials including grammar, culture and vocabulary. No make-ups will be given; however, at the instructor’s discretion, the lowest grade may be dropped.
Participation, preparedness, and attendance (10%): Active participation and regular attendance is crucial to the learning of a language. The participation grade is based both on the quantity and the quality of a student’s participation, with quality being determined by active, on-task participation in class, group and pair activities, obvious preparation of homework, volunteerism in class and overall preparedness. Excessive absenteeism will result in a substantial drop in this grade, as will tardiness. The use of a cell phone during class time will result in a participation grade of ZERO for that day.
Attendance is compulsory. If you are absent you are responsible for contacting a classmate about whatever material you missed. You are allowed to miss 3 classes only, after the third absence you will begin to lose points from your grade for the course. I you miss 10 absences you will be withdrawn from the class, regardless of what point in the semester the tenth absence occurs.
There are no “excused absences” (except religious holidays and those for university sponsored events). If you are absent owing to a university-sponsored event, a particular religious holiday or hospitalization, you can make-up the work but should do so before the class you will miss whenever this is possible. For any absences incurred while representing the University in an official capacity, a note from the represented organization must be presented IN ADVANCE of the absence.
Exceptions may be made for extreme extenuating circumstances; however, it is the student’s responsibility to be in contact with the instructor and the academic advisor in this case.
Homework Activities (5%): Students are required to complete assigned exercises in the Student Activities Manual. In order to receive credit for their work, students should complete the exercises in full and then correct them, in different color ink, using the Answer Key. Students are required to bring their SAMs to the each of the three exams for grading.
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