Off topic: The Portuguese Language
Thread poster: Maria Luisa Duarte
Some information regarding the Portuguese Language and where to graduate in South Africa.
Portuguese is the official language of eight countries, five of which are on the African continent. It is spoken by an estimated 200 million people. It is the language of Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, and one of the fastest growing economies. It is one of SADC's official languages, together with English. Proficiency in this language and knowledge of the culture and literature of the Portuguese-speaking people can improve employment opportunities for graduates, especially in South Africa, given her ties with Mozambique and Angola.
Portuguese at Unisa
Unisa is the only South African institution of higher education to offer students the opportunity to graduate with Portuguese.
At Undergraduate level, language tuition is provided for students with no prior knowledge of Portuguese, as well as for those who have obtained different levels of proficiency. In addition to modules which offer tuition in language skills, including translation and Portuguese for business and professional purposes, the standard major in Portuguese also features modules which focus on the culture and literature of the Portuguese speaking world. Different curriculum options which allow for an emphasis on either language or literary studies are also possible.
Portuguese can be taken, as a major or ancilliary subject, not only by students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, but also by students in the Faculties of Economic and Management Sciences, Law and Theology and Biblical Religions. Portuguese may be taken as an ancilliary subject in the Faculties of Education, Law, and Science. Portuguese may also be taken for non-degree purposes up to and including third level and, under certain conditions, the modules taken may be converted into credits towards a degree.
Access to an audio cassette recorder is essential as students have to listen to and record on audio cassettes.
The Sub-department of Portuguese also offers tuition at Honours level, and supervision at the Masters and Doctoral levels.
Portuguese as a sixth or seventh subject
Portuguese is offered by the Gauteng Department of Education and the Independent Examination Board (IEB) at matric level at both Higher and Standard grades. Members of the sub-department of Portuguese are involved in the compilation of matric sillabi and both in the setting and moderation of Gauteng and Mpumalanga examinations.
Knowledge and skills
Tuition is offered for learners with no prior knowledge of the languages, as well as for those that have already acquired different levels of proficiency. Studying another language teaches learners to speak, read and write the language fluently and introduces them to a new culture, tradition and literature. The study of the language can also be fulfilling in that tolerance and cultural sensitivity are gained, skills in analytical thinking and self-expression are developed, horizons are broadened and confidence is improved. Learners are enabled to read literary, scientific, legal, theological and historical texts in the original language.
Tourism and the hotel industry, teaching, translation and interpreting, diplomatic service, foreign policy analysis, foreign banking, trade and industry, catering, development and aid, international relations, intercultural communication, journalism and other media.
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