Portuguese is the sole official language of seven countries spanning three continents. These include: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe. In addition, Portuguese enjoys co-official language status in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, and Macau. It is the sixth most spoken language worldwide and the fifth most spoken on the internet.
Among the countries where Portuguese is an official language, Brazil stands out as a formidable emerging 21st-century economic power. With a population of more than 190 million people, it is one of the 10 largest markets in the world.
Students learning Portuguese are often initially attracted by the array of vibrant Lusophone cultures, but the language is also appealing for pragmatic reasons to increasing numbers of business, economics, political science, anthropology, and environmental studies majors. Many students are interested in Latin American Studies or globalization, or are curious about Brazil's rich natural resources and booming technology industry.
Portuguese is an outstanding supplement to any student's education and, for those already fluent in Spanish, represents the chance to take a fast-paced course sequence and be fluent more quickly in multiple languages.
At Washington University, Portuguese classes are marked by the same joyful, positive environment characteristic of many Lusophone cultures. Outside the classroom, students can improve their fluency at cultural events and Lusophone Movie Nights, in addition to choosing from study abroad programs affiliated with the university, either for the summer or for an entire semester.
The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers two years of intensive course work in Portuguese and, while there is not yet an official major in this area, students can opt to include Portuguese as one of their three (3) languages of concentration in the pursuit of a Romance languages major. For more information about this option, please contact: Dr. Valéria M. Souza.
The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers course work in Portuguese; however, there is not yet a minor in this area.
Visit online course listings to view semester offerings for L37 Portug.
L37 Portug 101 Portuguese I
Introduction to Portuguese language. The course emphasizes acquisition of communicative ability. It also covers basic grammar points through reading and writing activities. Classes are taught entirely in Portuguese. No prior experience in the language is required.
L37 Portug 102A Portuguese II
Introduction to Portuguese language. This second course in the Portuguese program emphasizes acquisition of communicative ability. It also covers basic grammar structures through reading and writing activities. Classes are taught entirely in Portuguese. Prerequisite: Portug 101 or permission of instructor.
L37 Portug 103 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers I
Intensive and accelerated course especially designed to take advantage of students' knowledge of Spanish and to promote a more rapid learning of Portuguese. Classes are entirely taught in Portuguese and stress oral communication, basic use of grammar, reading and writing skills. Intermediate online placement exam in Spanish is required.
L37 Portug 104 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers II
This course intends to offer a sequence in the learning process initiated in Portug 103. It is a fast-paced class, designated for Spanish speakers with the objective of improving conversational, writing and reading skills. Prerequisite: Portug 103 or permission of instructor.
L37 Portug 215 Reading and Conversation I
The goal of this course is to review and enhance the content learned at the basic level. Through culturally relevant readings and related conversational activities, students are expected to enrich their vocabulary, gain fluency, and improve both reading comprehension and writing skills. Prerequisites: two college semesters of Portuguese or permission of instructor.
L37 Portug 220 Reading and Conversation II: Intermediate Portuguese
This course is a continuation of Portug 215, therefore an intermediate level in the Portuguese section. Its main goal is to improve students' reading proficiency, as well as to provide a class environment in which conversational skills can be practiced and made into a solid foundation. In addition, the class provides tools to expand vocabulary and promote a cultural understanding of Brazil. Prerequisite: Portug 215 or permission of instructor
L37 Portug 400 Independent Study