Student Learning Outcomes

These are the outcomes expected from each of the three levels of language courses we offer:

Port 102 and Port 305a  

  1. Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, exchange opinions.
  2. Express feelings and emotions, and describe events to close interlocutors. 
  3. Demonstrate awareness and understanding of pragmatic and cultural practices of Portuguese-speaking countries and Brazilian regions.  
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the nature and functioning of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own. 
  5. Demonstrate progressive control of language structures and vocabulary of familiar topics. 


Port 325a 

  1. Understand and interpret written and spoken language in a variety of topics, mainly related to artistic expression. 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the Portuguese-speaking cultures studied. 
  3. Reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language. 
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.  
  5. Use the language both within and beyond the school setting. 
  6. Revise and expand previously required grammatical knowledge and vocabulary for exposition and description purposes.


Port 425 

  1. Analyze and present information, concepts, and ideas to different audiences (readers or speakers) on a variety of topics.
  2. Demonstrate an increasing understanding of the cultural nuances of meaning in written and spoken language as expressed by speakers and writers of the target language in formal and informal settings. 
  3. Comprehend how genre is a web of text-based performances that mobilizes audiences’ expectations in particular ways. 
  4. Search for information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures. 
  5. Understand that genres are strategic competencies, requiring users to produce variants according to genre intentions and intentionalities. 
  6. Demonstrate control of high-frequency structures in multiple contexts, including internet-based, formal and informal settings.