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Portugal in the 21st Century



Portugal in the 21st Century and its alliances in the Portuguese World: The Evolution of Portuguese Language and Globalization is a Northeastern University academic faculty-led program led by Prof. Simone Elias and Prof. Filomena Alves with collaboration of CEPE-EUA, offering immersion on Portugal's bright capital.  In this dialogue, students will be able to identify and explain the relationships between Portuguese language, globalization, and alliances in the Portuguese world. The academic program offers students immersion into a country that is considered true pioneers in cultural globalization.


The program is hosted by the Universidade de Lisboa (UL), Faculdade de Letras, Departamento de Língua e Cultura Portuguesa,  located in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. The Universidade de Lisboa is a well-respected institution in Europe that dates back to August 1, 1911. The UL is a public university in Lisbon, Portugal, and it is composed by eight faculties. It was founded in 1911 after the fall of the Portuguese monarchy regime, but the history of a university in Lisbon goes back to the 13th century.

Students will participate in two classes located at UL central campus, which provides quick access to many historical and cultural points of interest in the city. The cultural immersion is furthered through “buddies” placements with selected, pre-screened students at the university. The academic program will be complemented by numerous guided excursions, lectures, and field visits with local academics and cultural experts.



Portugal is a land of striking contrasts and astonishing beauty. While rural areas and small towns still seem rooted in past centuries (replete with old-fashioned charm), larger urban areas and the nation's internationally known resorts, exuding modernity and sophistication, above all, demonstrate the processes of globalization.


This program consists of two courses: a Portuguese language course (for beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners) and a hands-on course on the globalization of Portugal that focuses on history, politics, economy, and culture, which includes visits, meetings and lectures from guests. Both courses will be held in Lisbon. The city is a cultural, historic and architectural jewel—it boasts the largest complex of majestic colonial buildings and castles.


At the end of the program, students will have had the opportunity of interacting and exchanging ideas with people from many diverse backgrounds, and thus gain exposure to a wide spectrum of Portuguese society and Portugal’s place in the global community.

Students will participate in two full courses and related field activities:

1) Portuguese Language Immersion (PORT 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301, 3302): This intensive immersion in Portuguese will focus on the communicative and humanistic approaches to use the language in situations simulating day-to-day life. The skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading will be integrated in such a manner as to ensure communication. The aim is to enable the student to improve his/her communication skills in everyday situations, understand both spoken and written language, through systematic acquisition of the necessary grammar, and develop the ability to speak and use the language with confidence. Students will attend daily intensive language classes each weekday morning, which are supplemented by the linguistic and cultural immersion experience.


2) INTL 4944 Regional Study in Portugal: This hands- on course will be taught using experiential learning by Northeastern faculty leaders. It will introduce students to the dimensions of globalization and its influences on the Portugal we know today. Students will learn about local and national history through an examination of social, political, economic, and environmental issues.


3) Cultural Field Sites: Visits to sites on different aspects of Portuguese culture, history, economy, environment, and politics will give students the opportunity to evaluate the influences, developments, and perspectives for a global Portugal.  The
Language tool and the knowledge of globalization will set the context for this learning.


- Students will be able to identify and explain the relationships between Portuguese language, history, and globalization.

- Students will be able to articulate and demonstrate (at an appropriate level) a capacity for listening; reading; writing; and speaking Portuguese;

- Students will be able to access and analyze current issues of a global society in Portugal, including politics and public policy; economics; culture; art; dance; and music;

- Students will be able to identify major historical shifts that have occurred since the rise of a global Portugal.

- Students will be able to synthesize a current issue of public interest and interpret its meaning for a globalizing Portugal, and Portuguese  speaking countries through the use of the language of Portuguese.

- Students will reflect about at least one of the five main theses about innovation & strategy in the modern history of Portugal.

Dr. João Caixinha, CEPE-EUA/Deputy Coordinator will be accompanying the Portuguese Dialogue 2011, during the first week.


This Dialogue has the support of:

- Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros
- Consulado Geral de Portugal em Boston
- Instituto Camões
- CEPE-EUA: Coordenação do Ensino Português nos EUA
- Universidade de Lisboa/Faculdade de Letras/DLCP
- CPLP: Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa
- FLAD: Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento
- Boston Portuguese Festival

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