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PORTLANG 101. Reading Brazil — Third-Year Portuguese. Short expository readings, guest lectures, discussions, compositions on Brazilian issues. Review of grammatical structures. Vocabulary building with emphasis on common idiomatic expressions and troublesome lexical distinctions. Prerequisite: 12A or equivalent, placement test, or consent of instructor.
3-5 units

PORTLANG 102. Brazil in Text: Advanced Grammar & Composition — Third-Year Portuguese. Further development of academic writing. Short fictional and expository readings, guest lectures, discussions, compositions on Brazilian issues. Emphasis is on building paragraphs, organizing arguments and justifying positions. May be used as workshop to write papers in Portuguese for another course. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: 12A or equivalent, placement test, or consent of instructor.
3-5 units

PORTLANG 103. Advanced Conversation: Brazil Today — Third-Year Portuguese. Reading and discussions on contemporary issues from current newspapers and magazines, reading comprehension strategies with online news updates, and vocabulary building with emphasis on formal expository writing. Writing practice if desired. Students prepare short presentations and lead subsequent discussions. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: 12A or equivalent, placement test, or consent of instructor.
3-5 units

PORTLANG 161. Advanced Reading in Portuguese — Fourth-Year Portuguese. The course emphasizes high-level reading comprehension and leads to advanced development of communication skills for extended formal and informal discourse in Portuguese. Reading and analysis of academic discourse in the field of interest. Prerequisite: placement test, 101, or consent of instructor.
3-5 units

PORTLANG 162. Advanced Writing in Portuguese — Fourth-Year Portuguese. The course has two tracks, depending on the interest of the student: a) technical writing (business letters, technical reports, expressing/supporting opinions, etc.) and b) creative writing (crônicas, short stories, poems, etc.). Prerequisite: placement test, 102, or consent of instructor.
3-5 units

PORTLANG 163. Contemporary Issues in the Lusophone World — Fourth-Year Portuguese. The class emphasizes formal presentations/discussions in Portuguese, based on contemporary issues in the lusophone world. Students use as linguistic models newspaper and magazine articles, TV news broadcasts, online news services, films, art exhibits, news on scientific advances, etc. Focus is on mastering high-level vocabulary/structures, as well as reading and rhetorical strategies, for appropriate use in professional settings. Prerequisite: placement test, 103, or consent of instructor.
3-5 units

PORTLANG 164. Translating the Lusophone World. For advanced students. Literary and technical translation. Readings on theoretical topics in translation; discussion, analysis and comparison of existing translations (literary and technical); individual translation projects according to students' fields of study, and discussion and analysis of those projects in class. Final translation project to be undertaken individually. Prerequisite: PORTLANG 250, completion of 3rd year sequence, or consent of instructor.
3-5 units

PORTLANG 193Q. Spaces and Voices of Brazil through Film. The manners in which a country is perceived and defines itself is a result of many complex forces, and involves the reproduction of social relations and complex social constructions both on the part of those who live there and those who see it from a distance. The perceptions of what Brazil is and what defines the country has changed throughout times, but has conserved some clear pervasive defining traits. This course is an introduction to the history, culture, politics and artistic production of Brazil as seen through feature films, documentaries and some complementary readings. Movies include, among others, Banana is my Business, Black Orpheus, Olga, They Don't Use Black-Tie, City of God, Central Station, Gaijin, and Four Days in September. In English.
3-4 units

PORTLANG 250. Reading in Portuguese. Introductory class for students with superior reading proficiency in Spanish or another Romance language. Reading competence for research and courses in Luso-Brazilian studies. Literary journalistic, and academic readings. Fulfills University requirement for advanced degrees. May be offered alternate years.
4 units