FACULTY SENATE


Senate Document Number     2408S


Date of Senate Approval      02/14/08


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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:


APC Document  17:                                                                  Add PORT 210 and 220


Effective Date: Fall 2008


1.         Add :    On page 226, PORT 210 and 220:


210, 220      Intermediate Portuguese I, II (3, 3)

Continuation of the study of Portuguese language and Portuguese-language cultures through classroom instruction. Conversational practice and development of reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: PORT 120 or equivalent; or permission of instructor. See department chair.


Impact: The impact on the resources and staffing of the Department of Foreign Languages will be minimal. By the end of academic year 2007-2008, 20-25 students currently on campus will have completed course work in the basic Portuguese sequence (PORT 110-120). Several of those students have expressed an interest in going farther in their study of Portuguese language and the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. The addition of the courses will allow students to receive appropriate credit with what is now being done with independent studies.  At any one time, the number of students enrolled in these courses will likely be small, and may be taught by means of independent study. In the unlikely event of a large number of students requesting these courses in a given semester, instruction will be done in addition to regular assignment. As regards instructional labor, the Department is able to carry out its full program with this addition. As regards resources, Ramsey Library has purchased video materials to support instruction and has agreed to purchase additional materials as requested and justified. 


Rationale:  This addition strengthens the University’s language-learning option in Portuguese, the world’s seventh most-spoken language, by extending instruction into a second year.  It also extends instruction in the Portuguese-language cultural area, with one part of which (the Brazilian state of Paraná) the University of North Carolina has a reciprocal study-abroad agreement in force. The likely course instructor has many years of experience in the teaching of Portuguese language and the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world.