Course Description

Last updated:23 Sep 2015


PTSB110 LANGUAGE LABORATORY: DEVELOPMENT OF PRONUNCIATION AND PRODUCTION I

Language laboratory training and practice in the recognition and production of the sounds of Portuguese for the development of appropriate and accurate pronunciation

Pre-requisite: None

PTSB111 INTRODUCTION TO THE COMPREHENSION OF WRITTEN PORTUGUESE I

A practical introductory course involving the comprehension and use of basic structures and lexicon of Portuguese, matching and reinforcing the topics covered developmental sequence of the course BAPT10X Introduction to Portuguese Language and Culture I. Students will work with comprehension exercises and activities involving the use of structures and lexicon in context.

Pre-requisite: None

PTSB112 INTRODUCTION TO PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE I

Practical introduction to Portuguese concentrating on oral communication yet involving elements of all language skills and a selection of cultural topics.

Pre-requisite: None

PTSB113 COMMUNICATING IN PORTUGUESE

This course compliments Introduction to Portuguese Language I and concentrates on communicating in Portuguese through simulation of dialogues and other role play activities modeled on video material or composed by the students.

Pre-requisite: None

PTSB114 LIVING PORTUGUESE

An introduction to aspects of Portuguese Culture through the use of elementary audiovisual materials. Students will work with songs and videos.

Pre-requisite: None

PTSB120 LANGUAGE LABORATORY: DEVELOPMENT OF PRONUNCIATION AND PRODUCTION II

Building on the foundation of BAPT100, this course further develops and refines the student’s skills in the recognition and production of the sounds of Portuguese for the acquisition of appropriate and accurate pronunciation.

Pre-requisite: PTSB110

PTSB121 INTRODUCTION TO THE COMPREHENSION OF WRITTEN PORTUGUESE II

A practical course involving the comprehension and use of basic structures and lexicon of Portuguese, reinforcing the developmental sequence of the course BAPT113 – Introduction to Portuguese Language II. Students work with exercises and activities involving the use of structures and lexicon in context.

Pre-requisite: PTSB111

PTSB122 INTRODUCTION TO PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE II

Instruction in Portuguese language skills for communication, concentrating on the further development of oral communication, yet involving elements of reading and writing and a range of cultural topics.

Pre-requisite: BPTS112

PTSB123 INTRODUCTION TO CONVERSATION

Short dialogues on everyday topics related to the vocabulary that students are familiar with. Vocabulary enhancement. Drafting of dialogues and sketches to be “performed” in the class. Discussion of the topics and of the texts drafted by the students.

Pre-requisite: PTSB110, PTSB112

PTSB124 INTRODUCTION TO THE CULTURE OF THE PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING WORLD

An introduction to aspects of Portuguese Culture through the use of audiovisual materials.

Pre-requisite: PTSB114

PTSB210 LANGUAGE LABORATORY: DEVELOPMENT OF PRONUNCIATION AND PRODUCTION III

Intermediate level language laboratory training and practice in accurate pronunciation and production. Production exercises. Oral summary of aural and video texts. Self-correction of pronunciation.Pre-requisite: PTSB120

PTSB211 STRUCTURE OF PORTUGUESE I

A practical course involving the use of the structures of Portuguese, matching the developmental sequence of the course PTSB213 – Portuguese Language and Culture I. The formal topics covered include the use of Regular and Irregular verbs, introduction to the subjunctive mode. However, the course also reviews the topics of the first year. Students work with exercises and activities involving the use of structures in context.

Pre-requisite: PTSB121

PTSB212 WRITING I

An introduction to the structuring and writing of different types of texts, including letters (private or business) memoranda and basic essays. Students will write different types of texts for presentation and discussion.Pre-requisite: PTSB120, PTSB121

PTSB213 PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE I

Development of fluency in speaking at an intermediate level. Role play. Study of short video and written texts selected with the purpose of offering the learner a wider view of contemporary life and culture in Portuguese-speaking countries.Pre-requisite: PTSB122

PTSB214 CONVERSATION I

Conversation on everyday subjects based on written or oral texts with the purpose of improving the learner’s capacity to communicate and conduct conversation. Students will make class presentationsPre-requisite: PTSB122, PTSB123

PTSB220 LANGUAGE LABORATORY: DEVELOPMENT OF PRONUNCIATION AND PRODUCTION IV

Continuation of content and themes of BPTS200 – Language Laboratory: Development of Pronunciation and Production III. Intermediate second level language laboratory training and practice in accurate pronunciation and production. Production exercises. Oral summary of aural and video texts. Self-correction of pronunciation.

Pre-requisite: PTSB210

PTSB221 STRUCTURE OF PORTUGUESE II

A thorough revision of the use of all the structures presented to the student during the previous three semesters, as well as reinforcement of new structures introduced in PTSB223 – Portuguese Language and Culture II. Students work with exercises and activities involving the use of structures in context.

Pre-requisite: PTSB211

PTSB222 WRITING II

Essay writing on pre-selected topics that the students will prepare and present before the class.
Practice of summary and abstract writing. Analysis of selected texts as models.

Pre-requisite: PTSB212

PTSB223 PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE II

Further intermediate development of fluency and communicative competence through the study of video and written texts, and through simulations

Pre-requisite: PTSB213

PTSB224 CONVERSATION II

Conversation on subjects that have been researched by the students. Simulation of situations. Improvisation of dialogues. Discussion of film, news items, interviews.

Pre-requisite: PTSB214

PTSB310 PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE OF THE LUSOPHONE COUNTRIES I

The course is designed to enhance general language skills, to develop the ability to use different levels of language and to adapt to different varieties of Portuguese. The programme exposes the student to Portuguese as an international language. Students will analyze and discuss written, audio and video texts, focusing on the linguistic and sociocultural content.

Pre-requisite: PTSB223

PTSB311 PRACTICAL WRITING FOR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES I

A practical course in which students are trained in the writing of texts for professional purposes: official and commercial correspondence, memoranda, declarations, summary reports, applications, and advertisements

Pre-requisite: PTSB222

PTSB312 ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE COMPREHENSION AND PRODUCTION SKILLS I

Advanced intermediate level language laboratory practice in comprehension of audio and video texts in different varieties of Portuguese of the Portuguese-speaking nations. Transcription of audio and video texts of different registers: news items, interviews, press conferences, television and cinema. Oral and written summary of audio/video texts. Advanced production exercises for development of pronunciation fluency and accuracy.

Pre-requisite: PTSB220

PTSB313 TRANSLATION I (PORTUGUESE – CHINESE)

This course deals with the basic skills of written translation from Portuguese to Chinese, considering aspects of contrastive language structure, semantics, pragmatics and style. The type of text to be translated will comprise texts in Portuguese for administrative, legal, commercial and journalistic purposes. <br.
Pre-requisite: PTSB213, PTSB214, PTSB222

PTSB314 INTRODUCTION TO PORTUGUESE LINGUISTICS

The course introduces basic concepts of the morphology, lexicon and syntax of Portuguese, with the purpose of developing the student’s knowledge of the grammatical system of Portuguese and the ability to describe and analyse the language for learning and pedagogical applications.

Pre-requisite: PTSB221, PTSB223

PTSB315 INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THE LITERATURE OF THE PORTUGUESE SPEAKING WORLD I

This course studies representative contemporary texts from the literatures of the Portuguese-speaking world, including short stories and plays. Students will be introduced to basic terminology and analystical methods, and will write short essays in response to the readings.

Pre-requisite: PTSB222, PTSB223

PTSB316 MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY HISTORY OF THE PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING NATIONS I

An overview of the History of the Portuguese-speaking nations, with emphasis on recent and contemporary issues. This course concerns Portugal and aspects of the African Portuguese-speaking nations

Pre-requisite: PTSB223

PTSB317 SPECIAL TOPIC I

This course is designed to permit visiting scholars, or existing staff, to offer introductory courses in their particular areas of specialization. The topic and content of the courses will vary from year to year depending on the availability of specialized staff. Examples of specialized topics that may be offered include: Portuguese Language and Culture in Cinema, Portuguese History, History of Macau, Portuguese Literature, Brazilian Literature, Interpretation, Linguistics, etc.

Pre-requisite: PTSB222, PTSB223

PTSB318 SPECIAL TOPIC II

This course is designed to permit visiting scholars, or existing staff, to offer introductory courses in their particular areas of specialization. The topic and content of the courses will vary from year to year depending on the availability of specialized staff. Examples of specialized topics that may be offered include: Portuguese Language and Culture in Cinema, Portuguese History, History of Macau, Portuguese Literature, Brazilian Literature, Interpretation, Linguistics, etc.

Pre-requisite: PTSB222, PTSB223

PTSB320 PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE OF THE LUSOPHONE COUNTRIES II

The course is designed to enhance general language skills, to develop the ability to use different levels of language and to adapt to different varieties of Portuguese. The programme exposes the student to Portuguese as an international language, incorporating written, audio, and video materials from the different Portuguese-speaking countries. These materials will form the basis for students to conduct research and analysis, and to report and discuss their findings.

Pre-requisite: PTSB310

PTSB321 PRACTICAL WRITING FOR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES II

Students are trained in the writing of texts for professional purposes: administration correspondence, business correspondence, reports.

Pre-requisite: PTSB31

PTSB322 ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE COMPREHENSION AND PRODUCTION SKILLS II

Language Laboratory practice at advanced intermediate level to develop comprehension of real-life audio and video texts in different varieties of Portuguese of the Portuguese-speaking nations. Transcription of audio and video texts of different registers. Oral and written summary of audio/video texts. Advanced production and self-evaluation exercises for refinement of pronunciation fluency and accuracy.

Pre-requisite: PTSB312

PTSB323 TRANSLATION II (CHINESE – PORTUGUESE)

This course deals with the basic skills of written translation from Chinese to Portuguese, considering aspects of contrastive language structure, semantics, pragmatics and style. The type of text to be translated will comprise texts in Portuguese for administrative, legal, commercial and journalistic purposes.

Pre-requisite: PTSB313

PTSB324 PORTUGUESE LINGUISTICS: GRAMMAR

This course provides a linguistic overview of the grammar of the Portuguese language, and includes references to characteristics of the different varieties of the Portuguese language.

Pre-requisite: PTSB310

PTSB325 INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THE LITERATURE OF THE PORTUGUESE SPEAKING WORLD II

This course studies representative contemporary texts from the literatures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Texts may include shrt stories, essays, plays and novels. Students will write short essays in response to the readings.

Pre-requisite: PTSB315

PTSB326 MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY HISTORY OF THE PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING NATIONS II

An overview of the History of the Portuguese-speaking nations, with emphasis on recent and contemporary issues. This course concerns Brazil and aspects of the African Portuguese-speaking nations.

Pre-requisite: PTSB316

PTSB327 SPECIAL TOPIC III

This course is designed to permit visiting scholars, or existing staff, to offer courses in their particular areas of specialization. The topic and content of the courses will vary from year to year depending on the availability of specialized staff. Examples of specialized topics that may be offered include: Portuguese Language and Culture in Cinema, Portuguese History, History of Macau, Portuguese Literature, Brazilian Literature, etc.

Pre-requisite: Special Topic courses in the areas of Linguistics, History and Literature will have as pre-requisites a pass in a previous year’s course in the corresponding area. Special topics in the areas of Interpreting and Language and Culture in Cinema, will require a pass in the previous year’s required courses.

PTSB328 SPECIAL TOPIC IV

This course is designed to permit visiting scholars, or existing staff, to offer courses in their particular areas of specialization. The topic and content of the courses will vary from year to year depending on the availability of specialized staff. Examples of specialized topics that may be offered include: Portuguese Language and Culture in Cinema, Portuguese History, History of Macau, Portuguese Literature, Brazilian Literature, etc.

Pre-requisite: Special Topic courses in the areas of Linguistics, History and Literature will have as pre-requisites a pass in a previous year’s course in the corresponding area. Special topics in the areas of Interpreting and Language and Culture in Cinema, will require a pass in the previous year’s required courses.

PTSB410 ADVANCED PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE OF THE LUSOPHONE COUNTRIES I

An advanced course in the use of spoken and written English. Students will be exposed to contemporary written and audio/video materials relevant to issues in the Portuguese-speaking nations and will be required to research topics and make written and oral presentations.

Pre-requisite: PTSB320

PTSB411 RESEARCH AND REPORT WRITING 1

An advanced course in the writing of academic or administrative texts for professional purposes. The course provides training in the planning, structure and composition of texts of an academic nature.

Pre-requisite: PTSB321

PTSB412 ADVANCED COMPREHENSION AND PRODUCTION SKILLS I

Language Laboratory practice in comprehension of real-life audio and video texts in different varieties of Portuguese, focusing on areas of current affairs, diplomacy, legal language, and business. Transcription and oral and written report of audio and video texts. Advanced production through simulation activities.

Pre-requisite: PTSB322

PTSB413 ADVANCED TRANSLATION I (PORTUGUESE – CHINESE)

This course trains the student in written translation from Chinese to Portuguese, with emphasis in the areas of business, legal writing, socio-political affairs, science and technology.

Pre-requisite: PTSB323, PTSB320

PTSB414 INTERPRETING I (PORTUGUESE – CHINESE)

This course will concentrate on basic interpreting skills covering note taking, memory span improvement, sight translation and the basics of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. The student will work with a range of basic topics in the areas of business, socio-political affairs, and science and technology. Students will undertake practical training in the language laboratory.

Pre-requisite: PTSB322, PTSB320

PTSB415 TEACHING PORTUGUESE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE I

Introduction to the theories of second language acquisition and the methodologies of teaching of a foreign language. The course focuses on current internationally recognized theories and methods.

Pre-requisite: PTSB314, PTSB320

PTSB416 CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY AND INSTITUTIONS OF THE PORTUGUESE SPEAKING NATIONS I

The course covers diverse aspects of the contemporary society of the Portuguese-speaking nations, providing both an overview of the socio-economics, internal and external politics, demographic characteristics as well as a general account of its Institutions. This course concerns Portugal and aspects of the African Portuguese-speaking nations.

Pre-requisite: PTSB320

PTSB417 SPECIAL TOPIC V

This course is designed to permit visiting scholars, or existing staff, to offer courses in their particular areas of specialization. The topic and content of the courses will vary from year to year depending on the availability of specialized staff. Examples of specialized topics that may be offered include: History of Culture of the Portuguese-speaking nations, Portuguese Language and Culture in Cinema, Portuguese History, Literary Translation, Business Translation, Legal Translation, Business interpreting, Portuguese Literature, Brazilian Literature, etc.

Pre-requisite: Special Topic courses in the areas of Linguistics, History and Literature will have as pre-requisites a pass in a previous year’s course in the corresponding area. Special topics in the areas of Interpreting and Language and Culture in Cinema, will require a pass in the previous year’s required courses.

PTSB418 SPECIAL TOPIC VI

This course is designed to permit visiting scholars, or existing staff, to offer courses in their particular areas of specialization. The topic and content of the courses will vary from year to year depending on the availability of specialized staff. Examples of specialized topics that may be offered include: History of Culture of the Portuguese-speaking nations, Portuguese Language and Culture in Cinema, Portuguese History, Literary Translation, Business Translation, Legal Translation, Business interpreting, Portuguese Literature, Brazilian Literature, etc.

Pre-requisite: Special Topic courses in the areas of Linguistics, History and Literature will have as pre-requisites a pass in a previous year’s course in the corresponding area. Special topics in the areas of Interpreting and Language and Culture in Cinema, will require a pass in the previous year’s required courses.

PTSB420 ADVANCED PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE OF THE LUSOPHONE COUNTRIES II

An advanced course in the use of spoken and written English. Students will be exposed to contemporary written and audio/video materials relevant to issues in the Portuguese-speaking nations and will be required to research topics and make written and oral presentations. Particular emphasis will be given to areas of public Administration, Law and Business.

Pre-requisite: PTSB410

PTSB421 RESEARCH AND REPORT WRITING II

An advanced course in the writing of academic or administrative reports for professional purposes. The course provides training in the planning, structure and composition of research and report texts.

Pre-requisite: PTSB411

PTSB422 ADVANCED COMPREHENSION AND PRODUCTION SKILLS II

Language Laboratory practice in comprehension of real-life audio and video texts in different varieties of Portuguese, focusing on areas of current affairs, diplomacy, legal language, and business in the context of the Portuguese-speaking world. Transcription and oral and written summary report. Advanced production through simulation activities.

Pre-requisite: PTSB412

PTSB423 ADVANCED TRANSLATION I (CHINESE – PORTUGUESE)

This course trains the student in written translation from Chinese to Portuguese, with emphasis in the areas of business, legal writing, socio-political affairs, science and technology.

Pre-requisite: PTSB413

PTSB424 INTERPRETING II (CHINESE – PORTUGUESE)

This course will concentrate on basic interpreting skills covering note taking, memory span improvement, sight translation and the basics of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. The student will work with a range of basic topics in the areas of business, socio-political affairs, and science and technology. Students will undertake practical training in the language laboratory.

Pre-requisite: PTSB414

PTSB425 TEACHING PORTUGUESE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE II

Current methodologies and practices in the teaching of a foreign language, with emphasis on the teaching of Portuguese. The course emphasizes the need for research-based approaches, and stresses the importance of following international best practice.

Pre-requisite: PTSB415

PTSB426 CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY AND INSTITUTIONS OF THE PORTUGUESE SPEAKING NATIONS II

The course covers diverse aspects of the contemporary society of the Portuguese-speaking nations, providing both an overview of the socio-economics, internal and external politics, demographic characteristics as well as a general account of its Institutions. This course concerns Brazil and further aspects of the African Portuguese-speaking nations

Pre-requisite: PTSB416

PTSB427 SPECIAL TOPIC VII

This course is designed to permit visiting scholars, or existing staff, to offer courses in their particular areas of specialization. The topic and content of the courses will vary from year to year depending on the availability of specialized staff. Examples of specialized topics that may be offered include: History of Culture of the Portuguese-speaking nations, Portuguese Language and Culture in Cinema, Portuguese History, Literary Translation, Business Translation, Legal Translation, Business interpreting, Portuguese Literature, Brazilian Literature, etc.

Pre-requisite: Special Topic courses in the areas of Linguistics, History and Literature will have as pre-requisites a pass in a previous year’s course in the corresponding area. Special topics in the areas of Interpreting and Language and Culture in Cinema, will require a pass in the previous year’s required courses.

PTSB428 SPECIAL TOPIC VIII

This course is designed to permit visiting scholars, or existing staff, to offer courses in their particular areas of specialization. The topic and content of the courses will vary from year to year depending on the availability of specialized staff. Examples of specialized topics that may be offered include: History of Culture of the Portuguese-speaking nations, Portuguese Language and Culture in Cinema, Portuguese History, Literary Translation, Business Translation, Legal Translation, Business interpreting, Portuguese Literature, Brazilian Literature, etc.

Pre-requisite: Special Topic courses in the areas of Linguistics, History and Literature will have as pre-requisites a pass in a previous year’s course in the corresponding area. Special topics in the areas of Interpreting and Language and Culture in Cinema, will require a pass in the previous year’s required courses.

PTSB429 PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE DRAMA

This course will involve the study of works of drama in the Portuguese language drawn from the different Portuguese-speaking countries, and the performance of scenes thereof.

Pre-requisite: PTSB410.