Project Summary: Vem Falar Português! Portuguese for All

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Project Summary: Vem Falar Português: Portuguese for All

Project Leads: Regina Castro Mcgowan


My project aims to create an open source textbook for Portuguese language acquisition at the college level. The textbook would focus on the four modalities of communication (listening, speaking, reading and writing), with grammatical explanations and examples, reading and listening passages, classroom activities, homework, and material for group projects. The material would show progressing levels of complexity, from elementary to intermediate high. All of the material would be structured around cultural topics from the seven Portuguese speaking countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe.


Current textbook prices for Portuguese language courses average $175,00 not only making it prohibitive for many students, but also affecting student enrollment.

Course and Audience

The project would create material that would be used during three semesters of the language sequence as currently offered at The City College (PORT 12300, PORT 12400 and PORT 22600).

Significant Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop and expand an understanding of the cultures and customs of different Lusophone countries.
  2. Express verbal ideas with the vocabulary covered in more complex sentences and demonstrate proficiency of the past, present, and future tenses and the most common subjunctive forms.
  3. Distinguish and pronounce all sounds of Portuguese with sufficient accuracy to be understood by a native speaker of the language; express ideas with the vocabulary covered in simple sentences in the past and present tenses and the most common subjunctive forms.
  4. Develop reading strategies, including intelligent guessing at new vocabulary items based on context; understand simple nonliterary Portuguese prose on nontechnical, high frequency topics; demonstrate comprehension by answering questions on reading passages.
  5. Create simple written texts in Portuguese on topics covered in class with sufficient clarity to be understood without difficulty by a native speaker. The student will prepare at home a paragraph in Portuguese without major errors.

Course Materials Needed

Think about the teaching environments in which your OER will be used. Identify what materials you will need in addition to a core textbook or ancillary materials. You may want to list and link to items like a syllabus, assessments, lesson plans, teaching aids, etc. List these out below.

Syllabus for PORT 12300 and course schedule (lesson plans)

Syllabus for PORT 12400 and course schedule (lesson plans)

Syllabus for PORT 22600 and course schedule (lesson plans)