Courses & Syllabi

Fall 2016 Courses 


POR 521. Teaching Methods in Portuguese as a Foreign Language (3 credits)

Prof. Gláucia Silva

Mon 4:00-6:30 pm. Room: LARTS 103

Abstract. This course is designed for both pre-service and in-service teachers in Portuguese language education. It offers a practical survey of methods and techniques used to teach foreign languages, with an emphasis on contextualized and integrative language instruction, in which language is presented, taught and assessed in meaningful contexts and real communication takes place among language learners. Development of educational materials for Portuguese and methodological issues applicable to heritage language learners are particularly emphasized. Assignments include presentations of teaching modules, classroom observations and preparation of lesson/unit plans. This course is aligned with National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and with the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework. The course will be taught in Portuguese. This is a web-enhanced course: besides class meetings, the course utilizes myCourses. You need your UMD e-mail account in order to access myCourses.



POR 610/710. Literary and Cultural Analysis / Literary and Cultural Theory (3 credits)

Prof. Christopher Larkosh

Tue 4:00-6:30 pm. Room: LARTS 101

Abstract. This course will return to seminal texts of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, a few variants of poststructuralism (Derrida's Post Card, Foucault's History of Sexuality, some of Guattari's lesser known solo work), as well as postcolonial theory (Jasbir Puar, Sara Ahmed), and feminism and queer theory (Butler) with the eventual goal of re-evaluating discourses of (post-)national and cultural identity in contemporary Brazilian literary texts. Examples of prose, poetry and film (Moacyr Scliar, Raduan Nassar, Marçal Aquino, Milton Hatoum, Luiz Ruffato, Adriana Lisboa) will be supplemented by recent examples of relevant literary critique.



POR 650/750. Comparative Studies in the Port-Speaking World - New Frontiers of the Portuguese Language (3 credits)

Prof. Ondjaki - Visiting Professor, Angolan Writer

Wed 4:00-6:00 pm. Room: LARTS 103

Abstract: Using literature (Angola, Moçambique, Brasil, Portugal, São Tomé), music, movies, and historical approaches, this course proposes an open debate about the Portuguese language according to the cultural or geographical spaces that it inhabits. The diversity of content is intended to enable immersion in various social and political contexts. Working with music and film, in addition to other visual materials, will allow us to capture differences and phonetic similarities, but will also offer preliminary clues about the "cultural" or local use of the language. Is there only one Portuguese language? We shall use prose and poetry to research this "plural language," and will extend the analysis to exploring its (new) frontiers (with authors like Luandino Vieira or Manoel de Barros). Overall, this course proposes to discuss the multicultural aspects and personality of the Portuguese language in its global diversity.



POR 795. Independent Study - The Fantastic in Portuguese (3 credits)

Prof. Victor Mendes

Tue 2:00-3:00 pm. Room: LARTS 398L

Abstract. The fantastic in literature has been characterized by an ambiguity between the real and the supernatural. The reader is challenged to choose between magical and rational explanations for what happens in the text, and is forced to question the so-called real world, commonly seen as reachable, quantifiable, and representable. In weekly sessions (on Tuesdays), this course will alternate the study of the theory of fantastic literature (Henry James, Freud, Todorov, Von Mücke, etc.) with critical reading of literary texts in Portuguese, specifically short stories by writers from Portugal, Brazil, and Lusophone Africa.



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