MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Department of Romance and Classical Languages

PRT 201 (Professor Lúcia Flórido)
Fall 2001
Class meets M, T,TR, F

Classroom location: 325 OHB
Class time: 9:10/10:00 AM
Email: florido@msu.edu
Office: 310 Old Horticulture
Office hours: Tuesdays -- 11:15/12:15 Thursdays --1:55/2:55

Web site: http://www.msu.edu/user/picanco1/PRTpage.htm

I. Reading and reference materials:
           1. Required textbook: King & Suner.  Para a Frente: an intermediate course in
                                                                     Portuguese.
            2. Recommended: A Portuguese-English-Portuguese dictionary.
            3. Recommended: A book on the conjugation of verbs in Portuguese.

II. Objectives:
To further develop the student's ability to understand, speak, read and write Brazilian     Portuguese. At the end of the course the student should be able to converse, read and write about subjects of everyday life, using the basic structures of the Indicative (present, progressive, future, past, and imperfect), and Subjunctive (present, future, imperfect) modes.

III. Attendance and punctuality:
Attendance and punctuality are of utmost importance. You are entitled to 4 (four) unexcused absences over the entire course. Each absence beyond the 4th will reduce the final grade (out of 100) by one full point.  Ex.: You received 85 total by the end of the semester (= 85/100 or 3.5).  However, you missed 5 classes.  Thus your grade will be 84/100 (= 3.0). For each day of class you will receive up to 5 participation points. If you arrive late or if you need to leave early without previous permission, you will lose automatically 2 points per day.

IV. Grading criteria:
                    Final exam and Mid-term exam (both cumulative) - 30 % (at 15 % each)
                    4 quizzes - 20 % (5 % each)
                    Oral interviews - 5 % (Date and place to be announced)
                    Written work * - 20 %
                    Compositions - 15 %
                    Participation - 10 %

* includes grades from pop-quizzes, classroom written assignments, as well as homework and Internet assignments.

VI. Conversion of grades:
At the end of the term, the final numerical grade will be converted to the University's numerical scale according to the following conversion table:

                    4.0 -- 100-90                            2.0 -- 74.5-70
                    3.5 -- 89.5-85                           1.5 -- 69.5-65
                    3.0 -- 84.5-80                           1.0 -- 64.5-60
                    2.5 -- 79.5-75                           0.0 -- 59.5-0

VII.  Policy on make-ups:
There will be no make-ups for exams or quizzes and assignments will not be accepted after the deadline.  Exception to this rule will be granted to students who can provide sound documentation.  Documentation (such as doctor's note or court order) must apply directly to the student and correspond to the date of the missed assignment.  The acceptance of all notes remains entirely to the instructor's discretion.

                     Course schedule

Week 1     08/27 - 08/31        Preliminary unity and introduction to the course

Week 2     09/03 - 09/07 .......Unidade 1

Week 3     09/10 - 09/14        Unidade 1

Week 4     09/17 - 09/21       Unidade 1 (quiz 1)

Week 5     09/24 - 09/28       Unidade 2

Week 6     10/01 - 10/05       Unidade 2 (quiz 2)

Week 7     10/08 - 10/12       Unidade 3

Week 8     10/15 - 10/19       Unidade 3 09/18: MID-TERM EXAM

Week 9     10/22 - 10/26       Unidade 4

Week 10    10/29 - 11/02      Unidade 4 (quiz 3)

Week 11    11/04 - 11/09      Unidade 5

Week 12    11/12 - 11/16      Unidade 5 (quiz 4)                                             

Week 13    11/19 - 11/23      Unidade 6

Week 14    11/26 - 12/30      Unidade 6

Week 15    12/03 - 12/07      Revisão final

Final Exam date and place: to be announced