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Portuguese language workshops to be provided free to the public by The Brazil Center at UT Austin

The Brazil Center of the Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin is sponsoring two free Saturday Portuguese workshops to promote the knowledge of the Portuguese language in the Austin community and at the University.

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AUSTIN, Texas —The Brazil Center of the Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin is sponsoring two free Saturday Portuguese workshops to promote the knowledge of the Portuguese language in the Austin community and at the University.

Each workshop will teach a different level of Portuguese, have a different focus and consist of two parts. The workshops, which are open to the public, will be taught by Professor João Lourenco of the department of Spanish and Portuguese. Each two-part class has limited space, so anyone interested in attending should contact Michelle Zweede at the Brazil Center at (512) 232-2416 to sign up.

The workshop titled Portuguese for Spanish Speakersis designed for people who speak Spanish on a native or near-native level and who are interested, for professional or personal reasons, in reading and translating documents in Portuguese. The workshop will be conducted primarily through oral and written comparison between Spanish and Portuguese. It will be held in two parts, with Part I on Oct. 14 and Part II being on Nov. 4. Class for both parts begins at 9 a.m.

The workshop titled Portuguese for Beginnersalso is in two parts with classes 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 14 and again on Nov. 4.

This workshop is geared for people who previously have had some contact with the Portuguese language either through a classroom setting or by living in an environment where Portuguese was one of the main languages. During this two-day workshop (three hours each day), participants will have an opportunity to enhance their vocabulary to convey ideas on mainstream and everyday life topics. Some more advanced grammar functions will be reviewed and explained in order to broaden the linguistic tools available for discussion of these topics. It will be conducted, for the most part, orally through conversation and discussion exercises, requiring active participation of all involved.

For additional information, contact Zweede at The Brazil Center, (512) 232-2416.