ERIC Number: ED042156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching of Portuguese in the United States.
Cavaco, Gilbert R.
This paper provides a survey of the field of the teaching of Portuguese as of 1969 based on material gathered by the author for the Luso-Brazilian Studies Survey. A general increase in enrollment and in the number of institutions teaching Portuguese on all levels of education is noted. Nineteen elementary schools, 44 high schools and an estimated 160 colleges and universities were found to teach Portuguese; figures on student enrollment are also given. For the college level, statistics on the number of students with Portuguese as major or minor subject on all degree levels are given, as well as figures on the number of persons involved in teaching Portuguese and some information on their language backgrounds. The problem of the lack of a college entrance examination (CEEB test) for Portuguese and the effect which this has on high school enrollment is dealt with in some detail. Also discussed are: teaching methods, teacher needs, the question of whether Peninsular or Brazilian Portuguese should be taught, and the possibilities for bilingual education programs in Portuguese and English. The author feels that despite seeming gains, the overall outlook for Portuguese teaching is not particularly positive. The closing of the summer institute at Vanderbilt University is seen as an especially discouraging occurrence. (FWB)
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Identifiers: Luso Brazilian Studies Survey
Note: Paper presented at the Fifty-First Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Chicago, Illinois, December 28-30, 1969