Welcome to the Basic Language Program in Portuguese!
The Basic Language Program in Portuguese at Tulane University seeks to develop students’ communicative and intercultural competency and proficiency so that they can interact, engage, and compete in the global community. For Portuguese conversation practice, click here.
The objective of the Basic Language Program in Portuguese is to develop students’ communicative and intercultural competency and proficiency so that they can interact, engage, and compete in the global community.
The main goals of the program are to:
The program is framed around modes of communication, as outlined by ACTFL:
The curriculum is based upon the five identified goal areas of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.
To this end, the program seeks to develop students' abilities to:
The program is also proficiency-based, with the expectation that students will move through ACTFL’s proficiency scale progressively over the course of their studies.
The interpersonal proficiency goals for the courses are as follows, based upon the ACTFL Proficiency Scale:
Interpretive and Presentational Mode goals are on the higher end of the above scales.
The classroom serves as a space for task-based and experiential learning in which students practice and apply the skills they are studying by speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational Modes of communication are all actively engaged and practiced in the classroom.
Students utilize their newly acquired vocabulary and structures in a collaborative manner, working in small groups on role plays, scenarios, discussions, cultural presentations, interviews and research in the local community, or other activities at the instructors' discretion. These activities emphasize meaning while students practice formal aspects of the language such as verb tense and aspect. Through authentic speech and text samples, students receive and interpret models of language use in context.
Guided by a proficiency-based curriculum, instructors evaluate students based upon their ability to use the language. Graded assignments include listening and reading comprehension assessments; oral exams, skits and presentations; out-of-class and in-class writing assignments; and open-ended, content-based written exams which require students to synthesize their linguistic knowledge.
The Language Learning Center, located in 408 Newcomb Hall, has a wide variety of resources and technology to assist language students with their language-learning endeavors.
Simultaneous study of Spanish and Portuguese:
Spanish and Portuguese can be studied simultaneously; it is a fallacy that learning one of these languages will interfere with the process of learning the other.
Portuguese Language Program Director: Megwen Loveless
ALL students who wish to enroll in a language course must complete and submit the online placement form in order to register for a language course, even if they have no prior experience in the language. The online placement form is available for all continuing and incoming students who have a valid Tulane User ID and password. The log-in page for the form can be accessed at the following secure site: http://languageplacement.tulane.edu
If you do not find what you are looking for or if you have any questions, please contact Basic Language Program Director Dr. Megwen Loveless at firstname.lastname@example.org